August 29, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (8) is congratulated by Pablo Sandoval (48) after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Giants Vs. Astros: Hunter Pence Blasts G-Men To 6-4 Victory

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Giants Vs. Astros Game Recap: San Francisco Wins In 8-4 Comeback, Completes Sweep Over Houston

The San Francisco Giants beat the Houston Astros 8-4 on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. Down 4-0 after three innings, the Giants' offense surged in the second half of Thursday night's game with a pair of three-run bursts in the fifth and seventh innings.

Hunter Pence hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to complete the Giants' rally and sweep against the Astros. Pence's single to shallow center field off of the Astros' Fernando Rodriguez gave the Giants a 6-4 lead.

Ryan Vogelsong (12-7) picked up the win for the Giants, allowing four earned runs over seven hits in six innings pitched. The Giants bullpen held the Astros scoreless with Sergio Romo picking up his eighth save of the season.

The Astros dropped their record to a major league worst 40-91. The announced attendance of 12,835 was the lowest attendance of all-time in the 12-year history of Minute Maid Park.

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Giants Vs. Astros Starting Lineups Lineups: San Francisco Goes For Sweep In For Thursday's Game 3

The San Francisco Giants are trying to sweep the Houston Astros and gain more crucial wins in the NL West race. The lineups for both teams are below.

The Giants:

1) Angel Pagan - CF

2) Marco Scutaro - 2B

3) Pablo Sandoval - 3B

4) Buster Posey - C

5) Hunter Pence - RF

6) Brandon Belt - 1B

7) Gregor Blanco - LF

8) Brandon Crawford - SS

P) Ryan Vogelsong - RHP


The Astros:

1) Jose Altuve - 2B

2) Tyler Greene - SS

3) Brett Wallace - 1B

4) Jason Castro - C

5) Jimmy Paredes - RF

6) Fernando Martinez - LF

7) Matt Dominguez - 3B

8) Brian Bogusevic - CF

9) Jordan Lyles - RHP

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Giants Vs. Astros: Ryan Vogelsong Eyes Series Sweep

The San Francisco Giants are hungry for a sweep of the Houston Astros, handing the ball to Ryan Vogelsong on Thursday to try and get the job done.

Vogelsong (11-7, 2.90 ERA) has been struggling relative to his form earlier this year, though he got back on track with a victory in his last start. He allowed three runs on four hits (three of them home runs) with five strikeouts over 6 1-3 innings of work on Friday. He hasn't faced Houston yet this year, but he is 0-2 with a 3.14 ERA in his last two starts against them.

Houston will counter with Jordan Lyles (3-10, 5.47 ERA), who was 0-6 with a 6.79 ERA in his last nine starts until earning a victory against the Mets after allowing just one run on three hits Friday. Lyles has never won two starts in a row in his pro career.

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Astros, Final Score: Hunter Pence's 3-Run HR Lifts Giants 6-4

The San Francisco Giants were hoping to keep their lead in the NL West at three games heading into Wednesday night's contest with the Houston Astros, and thanks to some timely hitting by the Black and Orange, they came away with another victory by the score of 6-4.

Although skipper Bruce Bochy had the chain on Barry Zito very tight this evening, the bullpen was solid after the former Cy Young winner departed after just 2.1 innings of work, prompting Bochy to use six different relievers to get the job done.

Hunter Pence sent a 3-run blast into the atmosphere as part of a four run first inning for San Francisco, though they didn't score again off Dallas Kuechel until the sixth when an error by Scott Moore opened the door for two more runs for the Giants off a Joaquin Arias Triple.

San Francisco goes for the road sweep on Thursday as Ryan Vogelsong takes on Jordan Lyles in the finale at Minue Maid Park. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Astros, Starting Lineups: Buster Posey Catching Barry Zito Wednesday

As the San Francisco Giants get ready for another meeting with the Houston Astros, there will be a bit of a shakeup behind the dish. Buster Posey will return to the squat on Wednesday, instead of Hector Sanchez, the man that usually catches Barry Zito.

Sanchez played hero Tuesday night with a pinch-hit RBI in the ninth inning to clinch victory for San Francisco, but skipper Bruce Bochy wanted Buster to catch the former Cy Young winner this evening. Zito has a 0-2 record with a 10.00 ERA in his last two starts against Houston, which may be playing a part in this move.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Marco Scutaro 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  4. Buster Posey C
  5. Hunter Pence RF
  6. Joaquin Arias SS
  7. Brandon Belt 1B
  8. Francisco Peguero LF
  9. Barry Zito P
Houston Astros:
  1. Jose Altuve 2B
  2. Tyler Greene SS
  3. Brett Wallace 1B
  4. Ben Francisco LF
  5. Jimmy Paredes RF
  6. Chris Snyder C
  7. Marwin Gonzalez 3B
  8. Brandon Barnes CF
  9. Dallas Keuchel P
First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Place Clay Hensley On DL, Jeremy Affeldt Returns From Paternity Leave

The San Francisco Giants made a pair of roster moves on Wednesday, placing right-handed reliever Clay Hensley on the disabled list with a groin strain while left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt makes his return from paternity leave, according to CSN Bay Area.

Skipper Bruce Bochy noted that Hensley had been trying to fight through the groin issue for the past few weeks, but had affected his performance so badly that it finally warranted a DL stint. Hensley had given up six hits and six earned runs over the course of his last three appearances, a total of 1.1 innings pitched.

Though they'll be short a righty in the bullpen, the Giants got back a lefty in Affeldt just in time for Wednesday night's game against the Houston Astros. Affledt has a 2.92 ERA in 42 games for San Francisco this year. He had only been on paternity leave since Tuesday.

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Giants Vs. Astros: Barry Zito Goes For Second Straight Win

The San Francisco Giants snuck past the Houston Astros on Tuesday to earn a win, and now turn to Barry Zito for another W on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Zito (10-8, 4.31 ERA) allowed two runs on five hits in eight innings of work in his last start, a 5-2 win against Atlanta. He's struggled against Houston as of late though, owning a 10.00 ERA while taking the loss in his last two starts against them.

Houston will counter with lefty Dallas Keuchel (1-6, 5.40), who is making his first career start against San Francisco. He's been really hurting as of late, posting a 0-6 record with a 6.61 ERA in his last nine starts. He allowed six runs in four innings of a 13-5 loss against St. Louis on Thursday.

Angel Pagan continues to stay hot, and is now 11-for-21 in his last five games away from AT&T, while he's batting .441 with three homers and 21 runs scored over his last 14 road games. He's 6-for-16 in his last four games against Houston.

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Astros, Final Score: San Francisco Rallies For 3-2 Victory

Joaquin Arias and Hector Sanchez had clutch base hits in the ninth inning as the San Francisco Giants managed to come from behind to squeak out a victory against the Houston Astros by the score of 3-2 at Minute Maid Park.

After a few innings of stalemate, Angel Pagan broke through with his eighth home run on the season in the top of the fifth to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Matt Cain was cruising until Fernando Martinez blasted a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. A wild pitch in the eighth inning would plate Jimmy Paredes to give the Astros the lead heading into the ninth, but the Giants weren't done yet.

Brandon Belt started the rally with a single, followed by a double by Joaquin Arias to tie the game at two apiece. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez would plate Arias with an RBI single of his own, taking the lead and eventually sealing the Astros fate.

Santiago Casilla would earn himself the win, while Sergio Romo got his seventh save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth. Matt Cain remains winless at Minute Maid Park.

The Giants will send out Barry Zito to face Dallas Keuchel on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Guillermo Mota Activated By Giants Fresh Off Suspension

The San Francisco Giants have activated pitcher Guillermo Mota following the end of his 100-game suspension for violating MLB's banned substance policy. ESPN's Enrique Rojas reports that Mota is en route to Houston to meet up with the team as they prepare to face the Astros Tuesday night.

The move will fill the spot vacated by pitcher Jeremy Affeldt, who is on paternity leave as he and his wife, Larissa, expect the birth of their third child.

Manager Bruce Bochy told the team's website that Mota has been throwing quite well this week while playing for Triple-A Fresno.

Mota's suspension was his second. With the New York Mets in 2006, he served a 50-game suspension for using an unnamed substance. He was suspended in May for testing positive for clenbuterol, and on the heels of the Melky Cabrera scandal, the Giants are perhaps taking a risk in bringing the pitcher back, as Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area writes.

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Giants Vs. Astros: Matt Cain Hopes To Change Fate At Minute Maid Park

The San Francisco Giants visit the Houston Astros on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park, with Matt Cain looking to channel his recent success at a park he hasn't had much at previously.

Cain (13-5, 2.83 ERA) takes the hill eyeing his fourth straight victory. He is 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA in two outings against the Astros this year, including his perfecto on June 13. Unfortunately he is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in three career starts at Minute Maid, something he'll look to change on Tuesday.

Houston will counter with right-hander Bud Norris (5-11, 5.19), who has gone 0-10 with a 6.78 ERA over his last 14 starts. He's fallen to San Francisco twice during that stretch, including a 3-2 loss on July 15, another meeting which he faced Cain.

Two players that could do some damage this evening are Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. Posey went 3-4 against Norris earlier this season and is 8-18 with a homer and four RBIs versus the Astros in 2012. Hunter Pence is 4-9 with two homers against his former team this season, though came earlier in the year while still with Philadelphia.

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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