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Recap: Fireworks Ahead Of Time In Game Three, Giants Win 11-8

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Andres Torres and Pablo Sandoval brought in runs during a go-ahead two-run seventh, capping a wild back-and-forth affair at Coors Field as the Giants held on for a 11-8 win over Colorado to snap a season-high seven-game skid.

The Giants tagged 14-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez for seven runs -- all in the third inning -- but saw that lead vanish as Giants starter Barry Zito was also rocked to the tune of eight hits and six runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Aubrey Huff provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth while Travis Ishikawapunctuated the big third inning with his first career grand slam.

Sandoval had two total RBI and Torres chipped in two hits and scored twice for San Francisco, which dropped the opener of this three-game set, 7-3, on Friday. Brian Wilson locked down the win with his 22nd save.

Carlos Gonzalez blasted a two-run homer and knocked in three for the Rockies, who had won four of five entering play. Dexter Fowler added a two-run single.

Jimenez allowed five hits and four walks over six innings. He had turned in eight straight winning decisions and saw his minuscule 1.83 earned run average shoot to 2.27. Manuel Corpas (2-5) suffered the loss.

Melvin Mora staked Jimenez to an early lead with an RBI single in the first but things quickly unraveled for Colorado from there.

Sandoval and Freddy Sanchez each had run-scoring hits before Jimenez uncorked a wild pitch on a walk toJuan Uribe that saw Huff score. Buster Posey then drew a walk to load the bases and Ishikawa lifted a home run to right with two away for a sudden 7-1 game.

Gonzalez began the Rox comeback with a two-run homer in the bottom half and Ian Stewart tripled home Clint Barmes an inning later to make it 7-4.

A four-run Colorado sixth saw the tables turn. Dan Runzler took over with one out after Zito put two on and pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe doubled home Barmes.

Denny Bautista (2-0) was brought in and Fowler greeted him with a two-run single to center, tying the game at seven. There was still only one out when Jonathan Herrera beat out an infield hit on a close play at first that saw Giants skipper Bruce Bochy get the heave-ho.

A wild pitch moved two into scoring position and Gonzalez lifted a sacrifice fly to score the go-ahead run.

But the Giants came right back in their turn at the plate, scoring twice on Corpas to move back in front. Nate Schierholtz opened with a triple and scored on Torres' single.

Sanchez kept things moving with a base hit and Torres swiped third off Joe Beimel before scoring on Sandoval's sac fly. Sergio Romo recorded the rare 1-2-3 inning to retire Colorado in the seventh and Wilson came on forJeremy Affeldt with two down in the eighth to get Gonzalez on a liner to short with two aboard.

Zito has just one win in his last nine starts...The Giants' slide was their longest slide since an eight-game stretch from June 13-22, 2007...Jimenez was the first pitcher to go 14-1 in 15 starts since the Braves' John Smoltz in 1996 and the first hurler to win 14 of his first 16 starts since Pedro Martinez went 14-2 in '99. Jimenez beat the Giants with a four-hit shutout the last time he faced them...Colorado has still won five of the nine matchups with the Giants this season.