Game of the day: Giants 6, Rockies 5: Inside-the-park homer by Pagan lifts Giants

2013-05-26T00:00:00Z Game of the day: Giants 6, Rockies 5: Inside-the-park homer by Pagan lifts GiantsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SAN FRANCISCO - Angel Pagan was thinking triple out of the box. Once he rounded second and saw third base coach Tim Flannery waving him home, he shifted into another gear.

Pagan became the first San Francisco player to end a game with an inside-the-park homer, connecting with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday to give the Giants a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

"I know two things: I'm going to score and Flannery is going to score with me," Pagan said. "He's amazing. I'll be honest with you, I was running out of gas a little bit around third. He helped me to get there."

Troy Tulowitzki homered leading off the 10th to put the Rockies ahead 5-4, but Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt (1-2) walked Brandon Crawford to open the bottom half.

Guillermo Quiroz sacrificed before Pagan sent a long drive that hit the base of the oddly angled wall in right-center and bounced high over the head of right fielder Michael Cuddyer. The ball caromed away from Cuddyer as the speedy Pagan raced around the bases and slid home ahead of the relay.

"I was thinking at least three. I was watching the ball and it didn't bounce too far from him," Pagan said. "I'm thinking three but looking at the coach. He gives me the OK and I'm going for it."

The last major-leaguer to hit an inside-the-park home run that ended a game was Rey Sanchez for Tampa Bay on June 11, 2004 - also in a 10-inning victory over Colorado, according to STATS.

The previous Giants player to do it was Hall of Famer Bill Terry on Aug. 24, 1931, when the club was in New York. His drive beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1, STATS said.

"I thought it was going over the fence," said Pagan's teammate, Hunter Pence. "Inside the park is the last thing you think of. All we could do is watch him run and hope he was safe."

It was Betancourt's first blown save in 11 chances this season.

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