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Colorado (21-27) «0000002125100
San Francisco (24-23)300000000381

Rockies 5, Giants 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Kaz Matsui didn't get the ball out of the infield his first four at-bats, including striking out with two runners on in the seventh. He changed his whole night his fifth time up.

Matsui singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday night for their third straight win.

"I put everything I had into that last at-bat," Matsui said through an interpreter. "Until then I was really frustrated. I just wanted to hit the ball."

Pinch-hitter Steve Finley's one-out infield single against Armando Benitez (0-2) started the winning rally. He advanced to second on Kevin Frandsen's throwing error and scored on Matsui's single into right field.

"That's how the game goes," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He had four at-bats and wasn't able to square anything up and he made a swing on that pitch, got himself in scoring position and scored a run."

Matsui stole second and scored on Matt Holliday's third hit of the game.

Jeremy Affeldt (2-1) pitched the eighth for the win and Brian Fuentes got three outs for his 14th save in 15 chances.

"I'm doing my job, I got three groundballs and what happened?" Benitez asked. "We had an opportunity to win the game. How many times we got somebody on base and nobody moved him? Somebody had to pay and the person that paid was me. He hit a good pitch, a slider away, and a sinker."

San Francisco led 3-0 after six innings but pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs and Willy Taveras each drove in a run with two outs in the seventh to get the Rockies within one. Brad Hawpe's two-out double in the eighth tied it at 3.

"We let it slip away," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We couldn't add on to put the game away and they were able to come back on us."

Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 with a walk and remains 10 homers shy of tying Hank Aaron's career record of 755.

Bonds came up with the bases loaded and no outs in the first inning but Jason Hirsh got him to ground into a double play. Randy Winn scored to make it 1-0.

Ray Durham followed with an RBI double and scored with some help from a strong San Francisco breeze. The wind pushed Bengie Molina's infield popup away from first baseman Todd Helton and it landed on the infield lawn, allowing Durham to score from second.

"While the ball was inside the park it went one way," Matsui said. "When it got to its highest point, the wind took it the other way. I have to go for those kind of balls."

Giants starter Matt Cain also had some problems with the wind.

"It affected me a little bit in the second inning when I just couldn't feel the ball," he said. "It felt slick and I got my pitch count up."

Durham also made a key defensive play but he was part of a double switch in the seventh and wasn't around at the end.

Helton walked to lead off the fourth and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Garrett Atkins hit a soft liner that seemed destined for the right-center field gap but Durham timed his leap perfectly, came down with the ball and tossed to Rich Aurilia at second while Helton was cruising into third.

"The fly balls here are crazy," Hawpe said. "It doesn't sound like they're as tough as Candlestick but fly balls here are unbelievable. You never know what's going to happen to it. You try to keep your face on it the whole time and its tough. That seems to happen once a game here."

Cain, with a 1.40 ERA in 19 innings against the Rockies, allowed two runs and four hits over 6 2/3 innings for the Giants. He walked four and struck out five.

"They got the hits when they needed and that's kind of the way it goes," Cain said. "Little things happen. I make a good pitch and the guy puts the bat on the ball and it happens to fall in."

Hirsh gave up three runs and five hits. He walked two and struck out three.

Notes

Southern California football coach Pete Carroll was a visitor to the press box. ... With 41,274 fans in attendance, the game was declared a sellout, the sixth of the season. ... Holliday has reached base safely in 32 of his last 34 games. ... Affeldt committed his eighth career balk and the first since Sept. 27, 2004, when he was with Kansas City. ... Giants 1B Ryan Klesko singled in the third for his 1,500th career hit.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5011021 .299
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Kaz Matsui, 2B5111012 .327
Matt Holliday, LF5131010 .344
Todd Helton, 1B3000212 .354
Garrett Atkins, 3B5000013 .221
Brad Hawpe, RF2111200 .286
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4120011 .257
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000102 .235
Jason Hirsh, P2000013 .053
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1011000 .429
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Steve Finley, PH-CF1110000 .186
Totals36510558  
a-singled for Hirsh in the 7th
b-singled for Affeldt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (11, Taschner)
RBI - Willy Taveras (9), Kaz Matsui (7), Matt Holliday (34), Brad Hawpe (26), Ryan Spilborghs (4)
2-OUT RBI - Willy Taveras (3), Kaz Matsui (6), Matt Holliday (7), Brad Hawpe (18), Ryan Spilborghs (1)
SB - Kaz Matsui (7, 2nd base off Benitez/Molina), Matt Holliday (3, 2nd base off Benitez/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Matsui-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hirsh 6533230 4.30
Ramon Ramirez 1100010 8.00
Jeremy Affeldt (W,2-1) 1100110 3.48
Brian Fuentes (S,14) 1100010 2.31
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 79-50, Ramon Ramirez 11-9, Jeremy Affeldt 18-9, Brian Fuentes 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 9-5, Ramon Ramirez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 24, Ramon Ramirez 3, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Brian Fuentes 4
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF4120010 .327
Rich Aurilia, SS3100101 .232
Ryan Klesko, 1B3020111 .326
Barry Bonds, LF3000102 .274
Ray Durham, 2B3111012 .257
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Correia, P00000001.000
   a- Daniel Ortmeier, PH1000002 .375
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Bengie Molina, C4021001 .313
    Noah Lowry, PR0000000 .100
Pedro Feliz, 3B4010002 .257
Fred Lewis, RF3000011 .288
   b- Eliezer Alfonzo, PH1000011 .270
Matt Cain, P2000010 .053
    Kevin Frandsen, 2B2000002 .297
Totals3338236  
a-popped out for Correia in the 8th
b-struck out for Lewis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Klesko (8, Hirsh), Ray Durham (7, Hirsh)
RBI - Ray Durham (29), Bengie Molina (29)
2-OUT RBI - Ray Durham (13), Bengie Molina (21)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Durham-Aurilia
E - Kevin Frandsen (2, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain 6.2422450 3.23
Brad Hennessey (H,8) 0.1211010 2.79
Jack Taschner (BS,1) 0.2100010 4.61
Kevin Correia 0.1000000 3.86
Armando Benitez (L,0-2) 1322110 3.78
IBB - Helton by Armando Benitez
WP - Matt Cain (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 114-69, Brad Hennessey 10-6, Jack Taschner 9-9, Kevin Correia 2-2, Armando Benitez 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 9-5, Kevin Correia 1-0, Armando Benitez 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 27, Brad Hennessey 3, Jack Taschner 3, Kevin Correia 1, Armando Benitez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 41274
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Rob Drake