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Colorado at San Francisco

Venue: AT&T Park
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The surging San Francisco Giants seem well on their way to clinching their second NL West title in three years, and another victory with Barry Zito on the mound will only bring them closer to accomplishing that goal.

San Francisco has won Zito's last eight starts, and he'll look to help it complete a four-game sweep of the visiting Colorado Rockies in the season finale between the teams Thursday.

The Giants (86-63) lead the Los Angeles Dodgers by nine games in the West and decreased their magic number to five with a 7-1 victory over Colorado on Wednesday.

Pablo Sandoval went 3 for 5 with a three-run homer for San Francisco, which has won seven of its last eight games and five of six at home. It marked Sandoval's first homer since July 8, spanning 161 at-bats.

"He hadn't hit a home run since like three years ago," said Matt Cain, who pitched eight solid innings for his career-best 15th win.

Giants pitching has held the Rockies to five runs through the first three games of the series, and Zito will look to shut them down again.

Zito (12-8, 4.21 ERA) hasn't lost since Aug. 2, and the Giants will look to win for the ninth consecutive time when he takes the hill. He won his fourth straight decision after allowing one run in 6 2-3 innings of Saturday's 3-2 victory over Arizona.

"It's great to be out there and have a part of a win no matter how we get it," Zito said. "It's not about individual stats, it's about the team stats. My body feels good right now and I'm thankful for that."

The left-hander four-hit the Rockies in a 7-0 win April 9 before allowing four runs in 5 1-3 innings against them Aug. 12 in San Francisco's 9-6 win. However, he has a 5.25 ERA in his last four starts versus Colorado, which will send Jorge De La Rosa to the mound for his season debut.

De La Rosa hasn't pitched in the majors since May 24, 2011, when he suffered an elbow injury that forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery.

The left-hander said he hasn't felt any pain during his last three rehab starts and is eager to get back on a major league mound.

"It's really exciting to be back in the game," De La Rosa told the team's official website. "But at the same time I have to be calm, don't get too excited on the mound. That will be real hard for me, but I will try to stay calm and make my pitches."

De La Rosa went 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA in 10 starts last season before getting injured. He allowed three runs in six innings of a 3-0 loss in his last start against the Giants on May 8, 2011, but he's 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 11 career starts versus San Francisco.

He may not receive much offensive help from a Rockies lineup that has scored three runs or fewer four times during a five-game losing streak. Their Nos. 1-5 hitters went a combined 0 for 16 with eight strikeouts Wednesday as Colorado (58-90) lost for the 12th time in 14 games.

San Francisco has won 13 of 17 against Colorado this season, including five straight at home.

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Probable Starters

Jorge De La Rosa, LHP
2012 stats
0.0 Innings Pitched 166.2
0-0 Wins-Losses 12-8
--- Earned Run Average 4.21
0 Walks 65
0 Strikeouts 99
0.0 Pitches Per Start 96
Career vs. opponent
74.1 Innings Pitched 118.1
7-2 Wins-Losses 6-2
2.91 Earned Run Average 2.59

Barry Zito, LHP
Weather
weather image  Mostly sunny. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
66°F53°F16mph/W62%3%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Colorado5th NL West4976.392214-6 L 1
San Francisco2nd NL West6559.5244 ½ 3-7 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Barry Zito
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Chacin110001.000
LeMahieu110101.000
Colvin42100.500
Pacheco42001.500
De La Rosa31000.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jorge De La Rosa
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Theriot63012.500
Vogelsong21001.500
Posey93031.333
Huff103022.300
Sandoval204014.200
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Colorado 170 San Francisco -180
Injuries
Colorado
PlayerInjury
B. AndersonBack
C. BergmanHand
J. ChacinShoulder
T. ChatwoodElbow
M. CuddyerHamstring
C. GonzalezKnee
T. KahnleShoulder
T. TulowitzkiThigh
San Francisco
PlayerInjury
E. AdrianzaHamstring
B. BeltConcussion
M. CainElbow
J. PanikFinger
H. SanchezHead
M. ScutaroBack
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 26SFCHC 8-4Samardzija Petit 
May 27SFSF 4-0Hudson Arrieta 
May 28SFSF 5-0Kontos Jackson 
Aug 19CHCCHC 2-0Wada Vogelsong 
Aug 20CHC 8:05 PM EDT  
Aug 21CHC 8:05 PM EDT