Giants Vs. Rockies: Rox 9th Inning Rally Sinks G-Men 5-4

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VIDEO: Tim Lincecum Talks Pressure, Performance After Loss To Rockies

A slump, a funk, whatever you want to call it, Tim Lincecum has not been getting the results he and the San Francisco Giants would like out of the two-time Cy Young winner so for this season. Despite being solid for the majority of his outings, he can't get past that one bad inning that eventually sinks him and his teammates.

A visibly dejected Lincecum answered questions in front of his locker after the game, taking the blame for his performance. Timmy noted that historically he's been known to get out of rough innings in the past, but couldn't seem to get it done last night, or many outings this year at all for that matter.

The Giants defense hasn't done him any favors either, committing 12 of their 40 errors this season in games that Lincecum has started, including a inning-extending missed pop-up by Emmanuel Burriss at third base and an outfield whiff on a liner by Angel Pagan. Nevertheless, Lincecum is going to keep grinding, doing what he can control to get out of his recession. Maybe the boys behind him can step their game up as well.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Game 2 Recap: Giants Rally Late, Santiago Casilla Blows Save, Rox Win 5-4

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Marco Scutaro hit a go-ahead leadoff homer in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday and the Rockies defeated the Giants, 5-4, in the finale of two-game series.

The Giants scored three runs in the seventh to tie the game, but left the bases loaded in the eighth and Scutaro got just enough of a 1-2 fastball from Santiago Casilla (0-2) to send it over the left field wall in the ninth.

Rex Brothers (2-2) pitched out of the bases-loaded jam in the eighth, striking out Brandon Belt and Melky Cabrera to end the inning and Rafael Betancourt fanned Nate Schierholtz with two aboard in the ninth to record his seventh save of the season.

Jeremy Guthrie returned from the disabled list and allowed one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings for the Rockies, who halted a four-game skid and earned a split of the series.

"Sometimes we pitch good and we don't hit, sometimes we hit good and we don't pitch. We just need to put those two things together and you're gonna see good results," said Scutaro.

Although Cabrera struck out to end the eighth, he helped tie the game an inning earlier when he hit a two-run double and later scored on Angel Pagan's two-out single.

Tim Lincecum gave up four runs in seven innings for the Giants, who saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

"It was one of those starts where he made some mistakes and didn't get away with them," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Lincecum. "But I see him getting better and better."

Josh Outman, who relieved Guthrie in the sixth, issued consecutive walks to start the seventh. Cabrera then slapped a two-run double into the right-field corner. Pagan's line drive single to left off of Matt Belisle brought around Cabrera, who slid in ahead of the throw for the tying run.

Brothers walked the bases loaded with one down in the eighth before retiring Belt and Cabrera. In the ninth, Pagan singled and Brandon Crawford walked with two down, but Schierholtz's bat didn't leave his shoulder as Betancourt delivered a 3-2, belt-high cutter across the middle of the plate for the game's final out.

Gregor Blanco scored the game's initial run. He led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on catcher Ramon Hernandez's throwing error and came home on Belt's sacrifice fly.

A half-inning later, Troy Tulowitzki singled on the heels of Carlos Gonzalez's double to make it 1-1.

In the sixth Tulowitzki singled again and advanced to third on an error by Pagan. A walk to Todd Helton preceded Michael Cuddyer's double to left, which plated Tulowitzki. Lincecum then walked Hernandez to load the bases and Jordan Pacheco delivered with a sac fly for a 3-1 Colorado lead.

The Rockies added to their advantage with a run in the seventh before relinquishing said advantage in the bottom half.

Tyler Colvin helped make it 4-1 when he singled, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Buster Posey, then came home on Gonzalez's single.

Game Notes

Guthrie He was on the DL with an injured shoulder, which he suffered when he fell off of his bicycle...The Giants had won 10 of their previous 12 meetings with the Rockies dating back to last season...Giants infielder Joaquin Arias left the game with a forearm contusion.

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Joaquin Arias Leaves Game With Arm Injury, X-Rays Negative

The San Francisco Giants have had to deal with plenty of injuries this season, and they saw yet another player go down on Tuesday night as they took on the Rockies at AT&T Park. Joaquin Arias has filled in at third base over the last week with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled listed with a broken bone in his wrist. Arias was hit in the wrist area by a pitch and left the game immediately.

Fortunately for the Giants, they received some good news following x-rays.

No timetable is given for his return, although it appears that Arias should return to the field sooner rather than later. Wrist injuries can always give a hitter issues as he attempts to regain full control of the bat, but the fact that there were no fractures in the area is great news for the team. I'd expect him back in the lineup within a day or two assuming there are no more setbacks.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Starting Lineups: Troy Tulowitzki Toughs It Out, Brandon Belt Starts At 1B

The San Francsico Giants are looking for a shortened sweep against the Colorado Rockies, sending out ace Tim Lincecum to do so.

As for the Rockies, they had some good news pregame as Troy Tulowitzki is well enough to play tonight. Tulo was pretty sore after taking a foul ball off his lower leg last night, but tested it out in BP earlier today and felt good enough to give it a go.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Gregor Blanco RF
2. Brandon Belt 1B
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Angel Pagan CF
6. Joaquin Arias 3B
7. Brandon Crawford SS
8. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
9. Tim Lincecum P

Colorado Rockies:

Tyler Colvin CF
Jonathan Herrera 2B
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowutzki SS
Todd Helton 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Ramon Hernandez C
Jordan Pacheco 3B
Jeremy Guthrie RHP

First pitch is set for 7:15 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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San Francisco Giants Could Give Melky Cabrera Extension

The San Francisco Giants might be looking to extend center fielder Melky Cabrera.

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Giants Turn To Tim Lincecum For Fourth Straight Victory

The San Francisco Giants are in a bit of a groove after their come-from-behind victory at AT&T PArk Monday night against the Colorado Rockies, and now look to sweep the Rox on Tuesday for their fourth win in a row.

Tim Lincecum (2-3 5.89) keeps showing signs of his former self but is yet to put it all together. He departed after five innings in Los Angeles in his last sart after starting strong, leaving with four runs, eight hits and eight strikeouts to his name.

Colorado will send out Jeremy Guthrie (2-1 5.92), who is returning from the DL after a right shoulder sprain from a bicycle accident back on April 28. He tossed four scoreless innings for Triple-A Modesto on Thursday.

Colorado will likely be without Troy Tulowitzki tonight after he took a foul ball of his knee while standing on the dugout steps waiting for his at bat in last night's game. X-rays taken of the knee were negative.

After tonight's game these two rivals won't meet again until August, when they'll have 13 meetings with one another over the last two months of the season.

First pitch is set for 7:15 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Game 1 Final Score: G-Men Rally Late, Hang On For 3-2 Victory

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Brett Pill drove in the decisive run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the San Francisco Giants knocked off the Colorado Rockies, 3-2, in the opener of a two-game set at AT&T Park.

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Gregor Blanco finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a solo homer and Buster Posey added an RBI single among his two hits for the Giants, who have won three straight games.

"It's great to see the club playing a lot better here the last three days," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Sergio Romo (2-0) earned the win after recording the final out in the eighth and Santiago Casilla allowed a run in the ninth, but recovered to secure his eighth save of the year.

Wilin Rosario slugged a solo home run and Marco Scutaro plated the other run on an error by Giants third baseman Joaquin Arias for Colorado, which has lost four in a row.

Rex Brothers (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing Blanco to reach with an infield single in the eighth before scoring the go-ahead run.

With the game tied at one, the Giants took the lead for good in the eighth. Blanco beat out an infield single to start the inning and was able to get to third when Arias dropped a bunt down the first base line and reached on a throwing error by Rosario.

After Melky Cabrera flied out to left, Posey picked up his teammate by stroking a single up the middle to bring home Blanco and give the Giants a 2-1 lead. Following a flyout by Angel Pagan, Pill served a single through the hole and into left to score Arias.

In the ninth, Casilla allowed a one-out single to Jonathan Herrera and walked pinch-hitter Jason Giambi. Scutaro then sent a hard ground ball to third that squeezed through the legs of Arias and allowed Herrera to score. Casilla bounced back and fanned Dexter Fowler before inducing the game-ending groundout from Chris Nelson with the bases loaded.

"You can't be disappointed with this effort. You're disappointed with the outcome because we played a good ball game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Earlier, the Rockies broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Rosario led off the inning by blasting a slider from Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong over the wall in left field for his fifth longball of the season and a 1-0 lead.

San Francisco threatened in the fifth when Pill beat out an infield single with one down and Brandon Crawford slapped a base hit into right field two batters later to put runners on first and second with two down. But Rockies starter Christian Friedrich got Vogelsong swinging to end the inning.

The Giants evened the game at one in the sixth when Blanco led off the frame by sending a fastball from Friedrich into the right-field bleachers for just his third career home run.

Game Notes

San Francisco kicked off a seven-game, three-team homestand on Monday. The Giants will also face St. Louis and Oakland during their stay at AT&T Park...Monday marked the 100th consecutive home sellout for the Giants...Cabrera (0-for-4) had his 11-game hitting streak snapped...San Francisco has won 10 of its last 12 home games against Colorado...Vogelsong gave up one run on three hits and five walks while fanning three in seven innings...Friedrich allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 over seven frames.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Starting Lineups: Brett Pill Starts at 1B, Buster Posey Back Behind The Dish

The San Francisco Giants have returned to AT&T Park, ready to face the Colorado Rockies for a two-game set to start the week.

Gregor Blanco gets another start in the leadoff spot, plaing right field, followed by Joaquin Arias at third and red hot Melky Cabrera in left field. Buster Posey wil l batt cleanup, catching Ryan Vogelsong tonight, while Angel Pagan slides down into the fifth spot. Brett Pill gets another start at first base, batting sixth, followed by Charlie Culberson and Brandon Crawford.

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Gregor Blanco RF
2. Joaquin Arias 3B
3. Melky Cabrera LF
4. Buster Posey C
5. Angel Pagan CF
6. Brett Pill 1B
7. Charlie Culberson 2B
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Ryan Vogelsong P

Colorado Rockies:

1. Marco Scutaro 2B
2. Tyler Colvin CF
3. Carlos Gonzalez LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki SS
5. Todd Helton 1B
6. Michael Cuddyer RF
7. Wilin Rosario C
8. Jonathan Herrera 3B
9. Christian Friedrich P

First pitch is set for 7:15 pm PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Melky Cabrera, G-Men Look To Stay Hot Against Colorado

The San Francisco Giants return to AT&T Park with a bit of a hot streak going, hoping to keep that fire burning against the Colorado Rockies Monday night.

Ryan Vogelsong (1-2 2.94) finally earned his first win in his last outing, taking out the Dodgers with 7.1 innings of work of one-run ball despite eight hits and three walks. He'll return to AT&T looking to start a streak of his own. He got a cortisone shot in his back recently which was tabbed as a 'maintenance' procedure, though will be something to keep in mind going forward with him.

The Rockies will send out youngster Christian Friedrich (1-0 1.50) making his second MLB start of his career. He took the W in his last outing against San Diego, going six innings of one-run ball along with seven strikeouts.

The story heading into this series is Melky Cabrera and his tear he's been on as of late. Over his last 11 games Melky is batting 468 (22-for-47) along with two doubles, three triples, a home run and six RBIs. Let's hope that continues this evening.

Tonight will also mark the 100th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park, so way to go Giants fans!

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Rockies, Series Preview: Colorado Stops By For Two-Game Set At AT&T Park

The Rox stop by to say hello for a quick two-gamer at AT&T Park. For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chornicles.

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