Giants Beat Rockies To Avoid Sweep

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bengie Molina and Pablo Sandoval hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

After Molina's one-out homer off Livan Hernandez tied the game at 1, Sandoval connected for his first Major League homer with a drive just inside the left-field foul pole - and that was it for Hernandez (1-3).

It marked just the second time this year San Francisco has hit consecutive homers. Molina and Aaron Rowand did it on May 23 at Florida.

Tim Lincecum (15-3) struck out 10 to boost his Majors-leading strikeout total to 210 and he owns the 10th highest season strikeout total in San Francisco history. Lincecum lowered his ERA from 2.48 to 2.43, tied for best in the Big Leagues with Cleveland's Cliff Lee.

Lee and Lincecum both have allowed 50 earned runs in 185 1-3 innings.

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