DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants steals second base as shortstop Jonathan Herrera #18 of the Colorado Rockies takes the throw in the fifth inning at Coors Field on September 12, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Black and Orange took two out of three from the Diamondbacks in Arizona over the weekend, maintaining their 7.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race, dropping their magic number down to nine. San Francisco took two of three from Colorado at Coors Field just last week, hoping to have a repeat performance back in the Bay this week.
Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.86) takes on Madison Bumgarner (14-10, 3.32) in the opener Monday night. Chacin lasted four innings against the Giants on Tuesday, allowing four runs on six hits en route to a 8-9 loss. As for Bumgarner, he got lit up for five runs in 4.1 innings in his last start taking a no decision. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
Southpaw Jeff Francis (5-5, 5.68) locks horns with Tim Lincecum (9-14, 5.09) on Tuesday. Francis was tagged for five runs in just three innings during Wednesday's 8-3 loss to San Francisco, while Lincecum earned his ninth win of the season after six innings of three run ball in his last outing. First pitch is set for CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.65) faces Matt Cain (14-5, 2.93) on Wednesday. Chatwood took a no decision after 3.2 innings of four-run ball against the Padres in his last start, while Cain tossed five innings of one-run ball in his win against Arizona in his last start. First pitch is set for CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
Lefties Drew Pomeranz (1-9, 5.06) and Barry Zito (12-8, 4.21) get it on in the finale on Thursday. Pomeranz allowed four run on four hits in three innings of work against the Padres in his last start, while Zito earned his 12th win of the year after 6.2 innings of one-run ball against Arizona. First pitch is set for CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
San Francisco is 10-4 against Colorado this year.