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Giants Beat Rockies 2-1, NL West Title Eight Wins Away

The San Francisco Giants utilized excellent pitching to beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Monday night at AT&T Park. The Giants pitching staff held the Rockies to four hits, with starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner leading the way. Bumgarner did give up five walks, but struck out six and wiggled his way out of trouble on several occasions. Bumgarner stranded several baserunners in scoring position and ended up with his 15th win of the season.

The Giants struck first in the bottom of the third inning. Brandon Crawford tripled to deep center field, and he scored on a passed ball to give San Francisco a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Pitcher Jhoulys Chacin of the Rockies helped bring Colorado back into it with a double to shallow right center field, with Josh Rutledge bringing Chacin home on a triple to a similar spot.

After Chacin left the game before the sixth inning, Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey both managed singles that allowed Hunter Pence to single in the go-ahead run. From that point on, the Giants bullpen allowed no hits in the final three innings.

The Giants are now up eight games in the NL West over the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the magic number of wins for Los Angeles to clinch being eight.

Talk about the game with Giants fans at McCovey Chronicles and with Rockies fans at Purple Row.