DENVER--When the San Francisco Giants blew a five-run lead on Monday night, Tim Hudson shrugged and repeated a variation of a line spoken often by visitors to Coors Field. "This is a crazy place to play sometimes," Hudson said.
The Giants were the ones to take advantage of that in Tuesday's 12-7 win over the Colorado Rockies. They trailed by six heading into the sixth but scored 11 unanswered runs to get a stirring win. The deficit was the biggest overcome by the Giants since they wiped out a six-run lead while winning in Pittsburgh on May 5.
They improved to 76-63 and took a 2 1/2 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card race. The four teams chasing the Giants all lost on Tuesday night. For five innings, it looked like the Giants would, too.
Making his second start in place of Tim Lincecum, Yusmeiro Petit lasted just four shaky innings. He gave up a pair of two-out runs in the first and four more in the third on Josh Rutledge's two-run triple and DJ LeMahieu's homer. Petit was charged with six earned runs on seven hits.
The Rockies took a 7-1 lead off September call-up Michael Kickham, but George Kontos entered and stabilized the game. Kontos got two outs in the fifth while stranding a runner on second and then pitched a perfect sixth. The Giants scored three runs in the top of the sixth on homers by Buster Posey and Andrew Susac, and they would keep marching across the plate in the seventh.
A walk of Angel Pagan and double by Joe Panik set the table for Posey, who got the Giants within one with a double to the gap, his 25th hit in the past 12 games. After Pablo Sandoval popped out, Hunter Pence hit a game-tying single and took second on the throw home. Gregor Blanco's third of the day put the Giants on top.
Susac and Brandon Crawford followed with a double and triple, respectively, capping the six-run inning. The Giants had five extra-base hits in an inning for the first time since Sept. 18, 2011. Naturally, that game was also played at Coors Field.
They added two more in the eighth, one of the runs coming when center fielder Drew Stubbs dropped Pence's two-out fly ball to center.
--Michael Morse will likely miss the rest of the road trip after an MRI revealed he has a strained oblique on his left side. Morse hurt himself during batting practice on Monday.
"It's a real small (strain)," Bochy said. "We're pretty optimistic he'll be ready by the time we get back home (next Tuesday)."
--Even with his son about to realize a lifelong dream, Bochy never dropped any hints to Brett Bochy that he would be a September call-up. The 27-year-old right-hander got the news from Triple-A manager Bob Mariano on Monday morning.
"He wanted me to find out like everyone else," Brett said of Bruce. "Here, he's the manager. At home, he's dad. It's pretty special to be here and have the opportunity to pitch for him."
Bruce said Tuesday's clubhouse reunion was an emotional one, in large part because he knows how hard Brett worked to reach his dream. Brett had just one scholarship offer out of high school and chose to take it instead of pitching at a junior college, as his father recommended. The path was halted by Tommy John surgery after Brett was drafted in 2010, but he took a steady path to the big leagues. He had a 3.83 ERA in 35 appearances for the Grizzlies this season.
"What a great day. I couldn't be prouder of him," Bruce said. "He put in a lot of work. To have 30 days up here with Brett is something I'll always cherish and remember. I don't know if I needed the added stress, but it's great to have him here."
The Bochys are the eighth father-son duo to be on the same big league roster as manager and player and the first since Felipe and Moises Alou did it with the Giants in 2005 and 2006. This isn't actually the first time the Bochys have shared a big league dugout. Brett was the batboy when Bruce's San Diego Padres went to the World Series in 1998.
"I was probably a pest running around the clubhouse," Brett said. "I was running around stealing seeds and gum before. Now I'm worried about doing my job and getting guys out."
--Outfielder Gary Brown said a swing adjustment and renewed mental focus helped him improve his Triple-A numbers. Brown hit .271 with 40 extra-base hits and 36 stolen bases this season. He said he never was bitter as the Giants called up other minor league outfielders like Juan Perez, Roger Kieschnick and Cole Gillespie, bypassing their 2010 first-round pick.
"I would have to be lying to myself if I said I'm the one who should have gone up, because my numbers weren't there," Brown said. "I'm no dummy."
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