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Giants Move Into Second Place, Lose 5-3 To Rockies Despite Strong Showing From Jonathan Sanchez

Jonathan Sanchez is now at 3-3 on the season, despite pitching very well in game two against the Colorado Rockies. Sanchez pitched seven innings of one-run ball, but things fell apart in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants fell 5-3 after holding a lead for the majority of the game. Sanchez gave up two consecutive singles in the eighth inning, before making a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt from the pinch-hitting Alfredo Amezaga that scored Ryan Spilborghs. Javier Lopez came in for Sanchez and worked a long at-bat with Dexter Fowler, but the hitter came through and he hit a ground-rule double that brought in Chris Iannetta.

That tied the game, and then Carlos Gonzalez came in, facing Lopez. Lefties had only hit on three of his last thirty times facing them, but Gonzalez came in and ripped a single into right field, giving the Rockies the lead they wouldn't relinquish. Sergio Romo came in and finished off the eighth inning, but the combination of Mark DeRosa, Cody Ross and Andres Torres couldn't put anything together.

Miguel Tejada was 1-for-4 with an RBI, when he drove in Aubrey Huff after he doubled in the second. The third inning saw a two-out rally for the Giants, when Mike Fontenot and Buster Posey both singled and were driven in by Pat Burrell, who swung and hit a monster double into left field with the count at 3-0.  Troy Tulowitzki had a solo homerun in the second inning off of Sanchez. Immediately after throwing the pitch, Sanchez knew it was gone and wanted it back. 

Ubaldo Jimenez was handed another no-decision and remains winless on the season, going seven innings, allowing three runs off of eight hits while walking one and striking out seven. Matt Belisle is credited with the win, while Huston Street gets the save.

So it was a two-game sweep in which the Giants didn't necessarily look bad (outside of Mark DeRosa ... yuck) but did not have things fall their way. Sanchez pitched well, they hit for the most part, and things just caught up to Sanchez in the eighth, much like game one saw Tim Lincecum staying in game one for too long. Stay tuned for a series recap later on.