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    Cueto, Pence Power Giants to Walk-off Win Over Rockies
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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants and teammates celebrates after Pence hit a sacrifice fly to score Orlando Calixte #46 for a walk off win against the Colorado Rockies in the bottom of the ninth inning at AT&T Park on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 4-3. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    SAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto brought the fun. Hunter Pence brought the thunder, and the game-winner.

    Four innings after a go-ahead homer, Pence’s sacrifice fly to right-center clinched a 4-3 win over the Rockies. The win was No. 59 on the season, and gave the Giants a little breathing room as the 100-loss mark approaches.

    Pablo Sandoval led off the bottom of the ninth with a roller that went for an infield single. He was replaced by pinch-runner Orlando Calixte, and Calixte went to second when Ryder Jones pushed a bunt for a hit. Kelby Tomlinson followed with a pinch-hit single to right and Pence ended it.

    Here are some more things to know from a fun game …

    —- Cueto might have provided the funniest moment of the season. He was on first when Pence homered, and as Pence came roaring around second, Cueto — in a black jacket — looked back and told him to slow down. The two then went the final 90 feet of the go-ahead shot in a fast-walk. It must have been an odd moment for Full Throttle.

    —- Cueto’s pitch count got up early, but he used double plays to get kind of deep. In 6 2/3 innings, he allowed two earned on seven hits and four walks. He also struck out six. The outing was Cueto’s longest since June 24.

    —- Pence’s homer was his 12th, and went 444 feet to dead center. That’s Pence’s longest homer of the season. He’s now tied with Buster Posey for the team lead among right-handers, and he’s one homer behind Brandon Crawford for the lead among active Giants.

    —- Sandoval is coming out of one of the worst slumps in franchise history. He had three hits, including an RBI single. On Sunday, Sandoval had two hits.

    —- Hunter Strickland blew the lead in the eighth. With a running on second, he got away with a hanging breaking ball that Nolan Arenado hit to the track. The next guy, Gerardo Parra, fouled off six pitches before roping a tying double into the right field corner.

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