Tomlinson's inside-the-park homer sparks Giants' win

Sat Oct 3, 2015 9:19pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - As he rounded third base, running out of gas and headed for home, San Francisco Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson could think of only one thing.

Thank goodness for the so-called "Buster Posey Rule."

Given a clear path to home plate, Tomlinson completed the ninth inside-the-park home run at AT&T Park with a head-first dive on Saturday, propelling the Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

"That's one of the most exciting plays in baseball," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the inside-the-park homer. "Especially one that's that close at the plate."

Marlon Byrd and Brandon Crawford also had solo homers for the Giants, while Jake Peavy allowed four hits and one run in five innings.

"I was happy with the way the season played out," said Peavy. "I wanted the team to be able to count on me for a quality start every time I went out there down the stretch. And I think I did that.

"I wanted to help the team accomplish our goal. Unfortunately, we all came here to play what we're going to watch next week (the playoffs). We'll use that as fuel."

Left fielder Ben Paulsen homered in the fifth inning, while center fielder Corey Dickerson doubled and scored in the sixth to account for the Rockies' runs.

Tomlinson got the Giants off and running on left-hander Chris Rusin's sixth pitch of the game, smacking a liner to the 421-foot mark on the outfield wall in right-center field.   Continued...

Sep 30, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) scores on a double by second baseman Kelby Tomlinson (not pictured) during the third inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports