Sandoval homers twice, Zito wins again for Giants 9-2 over Rockies

September 20, 2012
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photo - Colorado Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario, left, misses a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval as second baseman Josh Rutledge, right, watches during the third inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Rosario was given an error and the Giants scored a run on the play. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Colorado Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario, left, misses a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval as second baseman Josh Rutledge, right, watches during the third inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Rosario was given an error and the Giants scored a run on the play. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, and the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants reduced their magic number to clinch the division to four by beating the Colorado Rockies 9-2 on Thursday.

Buster Posey also connected for the Giants to back another strong start by Barry Zito (13-8) as San Francisco completed a four-game sweep.

Zito won his fifth straight decision and has done everything to earn himself a spot in the postseason rotation after being left off all three rounds for the 2010 World Series champions.

The second-place Dodgers were set for a night game at Washington, trailing by 9 1/2 games. San Francisco (87-63) moved a season-best 24 games above .500, its best since finishing the 2003 season 39 games over.

Sandoval homers twice, Zito wins again for Giants 9-2 over Rockies

Updated: September 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, and the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants reduced their magic number to clinch the division to four by beating the Colorado Rockies 9-2 on Thursday. Buster Posey also connected for the Giants to back another strong start...

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