HOUSTON – The San Francisco Giants were confident that Hunter Pence would break out of his slump and get going this season.
The 37-year-old finally did that in grand fashion on Tuesday night, and it helped the Giants rally for 7-6 a win over the Houston Astros in 10 innings.
Brandon Crawford hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to lift San Francisco to the victory. But before that it was Pence, who was mired in a 2 for 32 start, who came through for the Giants.
Houston led by 4 with two outs in the seventh when Pence, who began his career in Houston, hit a three-run pinch-hit homer off Blake Taylor to cut the lead to 6-5. It was the first home run this season for Pence.
“We were all pretty happy for Hunter," manager Gabe Kapler said. “Obviously that changed the game for us and put us right back where we needed to be.”
Pence, who added a single in the ninth, said the Giants showed the identity of their team with Tuesday's comeback.
“That’s kind of been something that we’ve done pretty well here at the start of the season is we’ve been scoring a lot of runs late," he said. “We do have a team mindset of keep fighting, be as scrappy as we can. ... Just having everyone with that mindset, and having good at-bats.”
Austin Slater singled off Cy Sneed (0-3) to start the 10th and send Wilmer Flores to third after he started on second under the new extra-innings rules. Crawford then followed with his grounder to center field to score Flores.