Kyle Freeland tossed six solid innings, Tony Wolters drove in two runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants again, 5-1 on Saturday. The Giants now trail the first-place Rockies by 18.5 games in the National League West, and have dropped six straight series.
The win was the fourth straight for the Rockies (45-26), their 11th in 14 contests and moved them a season-high 19 games above.500. He has hits in consecutive games for the first time since June 2, after snapping an 0-for-27 skid Friday.
A stunning defensive play by Rockies shortstop Trevor Story helped keep the Giants in check early in the game. Every player in the starting lineup, including Freeland, had at least one hit.
After Ian Desmond popped out, pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies veteran slugger who has been in a slump, walked to bring up Tapia, who came through with his second hit of the night.
Nolan Arenado made it 3-1 with a single in the sixth and Wolters and pinch-hitter Pat Valaika had two-out singles in the seventh to stretch the lead to 5-1. Hundley scored on a single and glanced off Wolters as he crossed the plate. He had converted a franchise-record 23 in a row to start the year. Blackmon and LeMahieu combined for six hits, three RBI and four runs on Friday. Moore looks to alter his fortunes on the road, where he owns an 0-4 mark with a gaudy 7.94 ERA in seven starts.More news: Zach Johnson making an early move at Erin Hills
Normal, as in 5-1, Rockies over the Giants. Gorkys Hernandez tied the game at 1 with a two-out single in the fourth.
The Giants scored two runs off Chris Rusin in the eighth on a double by Panik and a single by Pence. But Oberg struck out Austin Slater to end that threat. An hour later, San Francisco started their comeback with a two-run homer from Buster Posey in the seventh inning. Bettis, who led the Rockies pitchers in wins last season, has been out while receiving chemotherapy for testicular cancer.
The Giants went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners.
Arenado's misplay of Nick Hundley's grounder in the second inning was his first error of the season.
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Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (left shoulder sprain) is scheduled to pitch a simulated game Sunday morning before the team's series finale against the Rockies. Giants CF Denard Span and SS Brandon Crawford were given a day of rest, and 2B Joe Panik might rest Sunday. "That's just the type of season that's been going on for us".
In Thursday's opener, the Rockies eked out a 10-9 victory.
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