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Giants beat Rockies in 9th again

Sunday, May 8, 2011








SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Colorado's bullpen is wasting some pretty solid outings by the Rockies' starters and it's starting to wear on manager Jim Tracy's patience.



For the third consecutive day Colorado lost in walkoff fashion , a troubling trend that has Tracy scrambling for a solution.


"It's frustrating in that it was so similar to last night and the two prior days in Arizona," Tracy said after the Rockies lost to San Francisco 3-2 on Mike Fontenot's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday night.


"We had opportunities to get the hit to put us ahead and right now we're just not getting it. We've missed a lot of opportunities the last four games."


Colorado's pitchers have put together five consecutive quality starts but the Rockies are only 1-4 during that stretch and have seen their lead over the Giants in the NL West cut to two games.


Reliever Felipe Paulino, who surrendered Freddy Sanchez's game-winning single in the ninth on Friday, was tagged for the loss this time, too.


Aaron Rowand and Sanchez hit consecutive singles off Paulino (0-3) to begin the ninth. After a pitching change, Franklin Morales threw a wild pitch that sailed over the head of catcher Chris Iannetta and advanced both runners. Fontenot then hit a deep fly to right to easily score Rowand.


"It's similar to last year," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "We don't do anything easy."


Closer Brian Wilson (2-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the Giants.


San Francisco turned three double plays in the first six innings and built a 2-0 lead against Rockies starter Clayton Mortensen, but had to come through late to send Colorado tumbling to a 1-4 record on its current six-game road trip.


The Rockies threatened against Wilson in the top of the ninth. The major league leader in saves a year ago, Wilson retired the first two batters, then gave up a single to Iannetta and walked pinch-hitter Jason Giambi. Dexter Fowler grounded out to shortstop to end the threat.


Mortensen, called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make the start, pitched well after struggling early. He allowed four hits in six innings but failed to get the decision.


"Some of these starting performances we're getting, you hate to see them get wasted," Tracy said. "But you have to put things in perspective. Sure it's frustrating but you have to grab a hold of yourself and realize you have to do this 131 more times."


Rowand got San Francisco going early when he drew a four-pitch walk in the first, took second on Sanchez's single and scored two batters later on Buster Posey's groundout.


The Giants added an unearned run in the fifth. Sanchez came through again with an RBI double that drove in Miguel Tejada after Tejada reached on a throwing error.


Giants starter Madison Bumgarner kept the Rockies off balance early and got plenty of help from San Francisco's defense, which turned double plays in the third, fifth and sixth. Posey also threw out Fowler stealing in the fourth to end another potential threat.


Colorado broke through in the seventh. Alfredo Amezaga and Carlos Gonzalez singled, and a throwing error by Bumgarner loaded the bases before Todd Helton hit a tying two-run single.


That chased Bumgarner, who remained winless in seven starts this season.


The Rockies loaded the bases again in the eighth with two outs, but Javier Lopez got Helton to ground out weakly to first.


Notes: To make room for Mortensen, the Rockies placed RHP Esmil Rogers on the 15-day DL with a right lat muscle strain. ... Helton is batting .354 with the bases loaded during his career. ... Mortensen's previous seven starts all came in the American League with Oakland. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki went 0 for 3 and has just one hit in his previous 20 at-bats.


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