San Francisco Giants Walk-Off on Willie Mays's 80th Birthday

By Danielle Parenteau

The San Francisco Giants gave Willie Mays a birthday present by beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on a ninth-inning walkoff single by Freddy Sanchez.

After the third inning, the Rockies actually led 3-0.

Troy Tulowitzki led off the second with a home run to left.

It was the 100th home run of his career: WATCH

Chris Iannetta opened the third with a base hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ubaldo Jimenez. After Dexter Fowler was hit by a pitch, Jonathan Herrera singled in Iannetta. Then, Fowler, who had moved to third on that hit, scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gonzalez.

With one out in the fourth, Aubrey Huff doubled for the Giants’ first hit of the night, but nothing came of it.

The Giants did not get on the board until the bottom of the sixth.

Mike Fontenot led off with a triple and came home on a Buster Posey groundout.

San Francisco finally tied the game with two outs in the eighth.

With one out, Posey singled. Then, he advanced to third on a two-out double by Pat Burrell, who was replaced by pinch-runner Darren Ford.

Posey and Ford both scored when Nate Schierholtz came up next with a double of his own.


The bottom of the ninth started with the game still tied 3-3.

The first batter up was Cody Ross, who had come in to play left field in the top of the inning.

He doubled to right on the third pitch.

After Aaron Rowand struck out, Sanchez came up to chants of “Freddy! Freddy!”

He hit a 1-1 fastball back up the middle to drive in Ross and win the game.


Brian Wilson got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth.

Great Plays: Burrell & Rowand

The series continues tonight at 6:05 p.m. PDT.

Probable Pitchers: Madison Bumgarner (0-5, 4.75) vs. Esmil Rogers (3-1, 7.66)

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