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By Jeremy Kahn
Alex Dickerson is showing the world of baseball that the San Francisco Giants were thinking right when they signed him to a minor-league contract.
Dickerson picked up a career-high four hits, including the game-winning hit in the top of the 10th inning, helping the Giants to an 8-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
The inning got off to a rough start, as Brandon Belt flew out to center to lead off the inning against Wade Davis, but then Buster Posey got the rally started, as he walked, as did Pablo Sandoval and then Dickerson lined a single to score Posey and send Sandoval to third base.
Brandon Crawford then extended the lead, as he singled to left-center to score Sandoval and Dickerson ended up on third base.
That was it for Davis, as Bryan Shaw came to replace Davis on the mound and it did not get better, as Mike Yastrzemski singled to center that scored with the third run of the inning. Kevin Pillar then reached on a fielding error by the usually stellar Nolan Arenado at third base that allowed Crawford to score the fourth and final run of the inning.
Despite walking Charlie Blackmon in the bottom of the 10th inning, Mark Melancon was able to shut the door on another Giants victory, as they have three in row, five out of six out of the All-Star Break and are now tied with the Rockies for third place in the National League West.
This game went to extra innings, as closer Will Smith blew just his second save of the season, as he gave up two home runs in the bottom of the 9th inning that allowed the Rockies to tie up the game at four.
Trevor Story cut the Giants lead in half, as he led off the inning with a solo home run and after Arenado flew out to right, Daniel Murphy singled and then Ian Desmond hit a two-run home run that was estimated at 467 feet to tie up the game.
Luis Tapia then singled to put the winning run on base, but then Smith struck out Ryan McMahon and Tony Wolters to end the inning and the threat.
Yastrzemski gave the Giants a 4-1 lead in the top of the ninth, as he hit an opposite field home run, his seventh of the season.
Drew Pomeranz was in line for the win, as he went five innings, allowing just one run on just three hits, walking one and striking out four; however, he ended up with a no decision.
Yastrzemski got the Giants on the board in the top of the second inning, as he doubled for the first of his three hits that scored Dickerson.
Joe Panik added a second RBI in the inning, as he reached on an infield single that scored Yastrzemski.
Story cut the Giants lead in half, as he hit into a fielders choice that scored Garrett Hampson from third base.
Dickerson extended the lead in the top of the eighth inning, as he singled to score Belt.
Pillar once again made a couple of great catches, one that saved Wolters from getting extra bases in the bottom of the eighth inning and snared a sinking line drive off the bat of Story in the bottom of the 10th inning.
NOTES: Johnny Cueto, who is currently on the 60-day injured list after undergoing Tommy John surgery is expected to begin throwing in rehab games next month. Cueto, who underwent the surgery on August 2, 2018 could pitch for the Giants before the end of the season.
Evan Longoria, on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot will be re-evaluated by Giants team doctors when the team returns to the Bay Area.
Sam Coonrod, who was the 26th man for the Giants in Mondays doubleheader sweep was sent back to Sacramento along with Dereck Rodriguez, who picked up the win in the nightcap of the doubleheader and the Giants have recalled Andrew Suarez from the Rivercats.
UP NEXT: Shaun Anderson will end the road trip, as he take the Coors Field for the first time in his career, as he looks to improve on his 3-2 record, while the Rockies will send Jon Gray in the series finale, as they try to avoid the sweep.