Pinch-hit heroics move Giants back to .500, Dickerson delivers go-ahead home run to beat Rockies – Marin Independent Journal

SAN FRANCISCO — Before the San Francisco Giants even took the field on Tuesday at Oracle Park, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals did them a huge favor.

The Nationals aren’t fighting for a playoff spot, but they did fight to keep the Philadelphia Phillies –a top wild card contender– out of one by sweeping a doubleheader on Tuesday.

With a chance to gain an edge over the 27-29 Phillies and match the winning percentages of the .500 Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers, the Giants rallied late to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2.

After former Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar tied the game 2-2 with a RBI double in the seventh, pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson came off the bench in the bottom of the inning and drilled his 10th home run of the season out to center field to give San Francisco a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Exactly four years after hitting his last pinch-hit home run, Dickerson keyed a three-run frame that also included a two-run double from pinch-hitter Brandon Belt. Manager Gabe Kapler knew the Rockies weren’t carrying a left-handed pitcher in their bullpen and seized an opportunity to create favorable matchups against righties Jairo Díaz and A.J. Ramos.

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