Giants Take Series With 2-1 Win Over Rockies In Game Three

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Tim Lincecum Pitches Great Game, Leads Giants To Win

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Darren Ford scored on a crazy turn of events after a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth frame, as the Giants edged the Rockies, 2-1, at AT&T Park.

In a battle of marquee hurlers, Mike Fontenot worked a walk off Ubaldo Jimenez to start the home eighth then Tim Lincecum's sacrifice bunt moved the pinch- runner Ford to second. With Andres Torres at the plate, Jimenez bounced a pitch that was blocked by kicked away from Miguel Olivo. Ford took off for third and Olivo's throw sailed high and wide of Melvin Mora, as Ford raced home with the go-ahead run.

Brian Wilson slammed the door in the ninth for his 38th save. The Giants remained 1 1/2 games behind the wild card leaders, Philadelphia, with their third win in four games and moved within three games of the fading Padresin the National League West race. It was a welcome win for Lincecum (12-9), who had not won since July 30th and had lost five straight starts. He gave up one run on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk over eight frames.

Jimenez (17-6) failed to become the first National League pitcher this season to reach 18 victories, giving up the two runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks over eight frames.

The Rockies dropped 5 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the wild card race.

Colorado scored first in the fourth as Carlos Gonzalez stroked a home run over the wall in left-center field. It was one of three hits for Gonzalez off the right-hander on the game.

The Giants finally got to Jimenez in the fifth, starting with Jose Guillen's leadoff single. Buster Posey then walked, and after Pablo Sandoval struck out, Fontenot slapped a run-scoring single to center. Jimenez escaped further damage by getting Lincecum to bounce into a double play.

The Rockies put two runners on base in the top of the seventh, but Lincecum struck out Eric Young, Jr. to end the threat.

Wilson induced three consecutive fly outs in the ninth to record the save.

Jimenez is still tied with Adam Wainwright for the National League lead with 17 victories. Jimenez failed in his fifth attempt to become the first Rockies pitcher to win 18 games in a single season. Kevin Ritz (1996), Pedro Astacio (1999) and Jeff Francis (2007) all won 17 games for the Rockies...The two teams have battled it out this season with Colorado holding a slight 8-7 series lead...Gonzalez hit his 30th home run of the season...The Giants reinstated shortstoph Edgar Renteria and pitcher Dan Runzler from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. The club also recalled Ford from Double-A Richmond prior the game, and he scored the winning run.

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Quick Look: Rockies @ Giants Finale

Tim Lincecum. I'd like to just make your preview "Tim Lincecum," and then move on. In reality, that's what Wednesday night's game boils down to: which Tim will show up, how will he pitch, did he eat a choco taco before the game, these are pressing questions. He's definitely having himself a down year, to put it nicely. The Giants need him to pitch a very good game, especially considering the fact that they're up against another good pitcher in Ubaldo Jimenez.

In an ideal world for the Giants, this would be a pitching duel, and in an ideal world, it's last year, and Tim Lincecum can win a pitching duel. Oh sure, there's offense and defense and the like. Buster Posey had a good game after a string of frustrating outings and minor nicks. Pablo Sandoval and the gang will look to have a solid performance, but it really all boils down to Tim Lincecum and what he can do with that arm. 

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Recap: Giants Get Much-Needed Win

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Andres Torres sparked a three-run eighth inning with a solo homer, as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies, 5-2, in the second test of a three-game series at AT&T Park.

Buster Posey capped the scoring in the eighth with a two-run double for the Giants, who bounced back from a 2-1 loss in the series opener.

Madison Bumgarner was solid in six innings, allowing one run on five hits. Jeremy Affeldt (4-3) got the win despite giving up a homer.

Melvin Mora hit a solo homer for the Rockies, who had won seven of eight coming in. Clint Barmes drove in the other run.

Esmil Rogers lasted six-plus frames in the start, giving up two runs on four hits. Matt Belisle (6-5) allowed two runs to take the loss.

Trailing 2-1, Mora tied the game with a solo homer off Affeldt in the top of the eighth.

San Francisco went back in front in the home eighth. Belisle, who recorded the final two outs in the seventh, gave up a leadoff homer to Torres. Freddy Sanchez followed with a bunt single and advanced to second on Belisle's throwing error. Joe Beimel came in from the bullpen and struck out Aubrey Huff before intentionally walking Pat Burrell. Pinch-hitter Cody Ross then walked to load the bases for Posey, who laced a two-run double off the wall in right.

Franklin Morales took over on the mound and got Pablo Sandoval to hit a grounder to shortstop Barmes, who went home with the ball for the second out. Pinch-hitter Aaron Rowand struck out, but not before the Giants took a 5-2 lead.

Brian Wilson pitched a perfect ninth for his 37th save of the season.

The Giants got on the board in the first. Sanchez doubled with one out and moved to third on Huff's groundout. A balk by Rogers allowed Sanchez to cross the plate.

Colorado tied the game in the second. Mora and Ryan Spilborghs walked, and Miguel Olivo singled to load the bases with one out. Barmes then stepped to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly.

The Rockies had a chance to take the lead in the third. Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-out double, but Mora grounded out to end the inning. Colorado put men on first and second during its next at-bat, but Barmes lined into an inning- ending double play.

Bumgarner helped his own cause in the fifth. Juan Uribe hit a two-out single and scored on Bumgarner's double for a 2-1 lead.

Colorado stranded runners on first and second in the sixth.

The Rockies lead the season series with the Giants, 8-6...Colorado was without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (left groin)...The Rockies went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded six...Colorado acquired pitcherManny Delcarmen from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor-league right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller on Tuesday.

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Quick Look: Rockies @ Giants Game Two

The Giants will need very strong play from rookie pitcher Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday night against the Rockies. In game one, Jonathan Sanchez played a very good game, then handed off to Brian Wilson in the ninth inning, where he ended up getting the loss after giving up a run.

It's a series the Giants need to do well in. With the Padres being played hard, it's all the Giants can do to keep it close by beating more divisional rivals and they really should have won on Monday night. Bumgarner will look to quell the Rockies in game two of the three game set and get his Giants back on the right track.

He'll be up against Esmil Rogers, who pitches just good enough in his last outing to get a win, though it will be a tough night for him if he repeats his performance while his offense doesn't repeat their's.

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Giants Drop A Very Disappointing Game One Against Rockies

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Carlos Gonzalez tripled home the tying run in the top of the ninth inning and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error, as the Colorado Rockies rallied past San Francisco, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park.

Giants starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez walked Dexter Fowler to begin the ninth and departed for closerBrian Wilson (3-2). Gonzalez, the reigning National League Player of the Week, hit a broken-bat liner that right fielder Cody Ross misjudged.

Gonzalez then came home when second baseman Freddy Sanchez's relay throw couldn't be reeled in by Pablo Sandoval and wound up in the stands.

Huston Street earned his 13th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

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