Peavy, pen make Giants winningest team in baseball

San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning Monday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

AT&T PARK — Late on Monday afternoon, Bobby Evans made his way all but unnoticed through the crowded lower concourse. It was an understated exit for a general manager whose club had just become the winningest in baseball.

In the seventh inning of the San Francisco Giants 3-1 win, Jake Peavy received a far louder reception.

“Any time you walk off the field and you know you’ve done your job to the best of your ability and the results are there, you’re excited,” Peavy said of the standing ovation he earned from the sellout crowd. “I love when the fans show support.”

After holding the Colorado Rockies to one run in 6.2 innings of work, Peavy has now posted a 2.27 ERA in his last eight starts.

“If feels a whole lot better than walking off the mound with some of the stuff said earlier in the year,” the starter said with a smile after the Giants improved to 53-32.

The only run of the day came in a messy second inning, which began when Ryan Raburn crushed a double to center field.

After a misplayed popup to shallow center and a walk, Peavy found himself in a bases-loaded jam. With two outs, Peavy gifted the Rockies their first run via a balk before shutting down the rally with a punchout.

“That could have been the difference in the game right there,” Buster Posey said. “Getting out of that inning [and] limiting it to just one run right there was very important.”

Half an inning later, Posey — one of four regular position players in the lineup — leveled the score with his 10th homer.

Angel Pagan provided the only other support that Peavy and the pen would need in the bottom of the third. Ruben Tejada led off the inning by shooting a single to right, and then Pagan sent an 82-mph changeup from Tyler Anderson into the left field bleachers to give the Giants a 3-1 advantage.

The second standing ovation of the afternoon was reserved for Sergio Romo.

Manager Bruce Bochy had hoped to ease the setup man back into the fold. The circumstances of the day dictated otherwise.

Before the top of the eighth inning, Romo jogged in from the left-field bullpen as the crowd roared and “El Mechon” played through the speakers for the first time in nearly three months.

With a big assist from Brandon Crawford, Romo retired LeMahieu — the first batter he faced.

The shortstop made the kind of outstanding play that has become so routine, ranging deep into the hole to snare a grounder before popping up and firing to first.

Giants slayer Nolan Arenado then cut Romo’s outing short, hammering a double off the base on the way to left field — his second two-base hit of the game.

Following Romo’s exit, Joe Osich and Derek Law recorded the second and third outs of the eighth, respectively, and Sergio Casilla breezed through a 1-2-3 ninth.

While Romo’s fellow relievers had to bail him out in his return, Bochy is glad to have his eighth-inning ace back.

“He’s just got the presence that you like in a pen that’s going to help you in those late innings,” Bochy said. “He’s not afraid.”

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