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Vizquel starts rally in ninth, wins it for Giants in 10th with sac fly

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DENVER -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to give Omar Vizquel and his creaky left knee a day off.

Good thing he was talked out of the idea.

Vizquel doubled to start a game-tying rally in the ninth and then drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

The Gold Glove shortstop nixed the day off plans. Although he's still recovering from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery, he convinced Bochy that he was fit enough to be in the lineup.

Backup catcher Steve Holm was a different story.

After batting practice, Holm, who drew the starting assignment, hustled into the clubhouse where he lost his breakfast -- twice.

So, not wanting to risk burning a potential pinch hitter early in the game should Holm have to come out, Bochy decided to go with Bengie Molina.

Holm later found a way to make the Rockies sick. With two outs in the ninth, he laced a double to left-center to bring in Molina with the tying run. Holm then took over for Molina behind the plate.

"I was like, 'Don't let this thing go 18 innings or something,"' said Holm, who felt better around the fourth inning after eating some animal crackers.

The Giants wouldn't have had many options if Holm would've had to come out.

"We had the IVs ready," Bochy said with a grin. "Great win."

And a demoralizing loss.

The Rockies had the Giants down to their last out when Holm came through against All-Star closer Brian Fuentes.

"I don't think I pitched too bad," Fuentes said. "But it's always frustrating losing games late. It seems that's the way things have been going for us."

Colorado squandered a sensational outing from Ubaldo Jimenez. The 24-year-old went seven innings, scattering three hits while striking out one and walking two. He was looking for his first win since April 8 against Atlanta, but is now 0-3 with five no decisions since that victory.

"Of course it's discouraging," Jimenez said. "Everyone in this room wants to win. No one wants to lose."

Still, the Rockies were encouraged by what they saw, especially his ability to stay ahead of Giants hitters. His biggest bugaboo had been his command, which was spot on against San Francisco.

"He was flat out pitching with real good stuff," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I was asked three weeks ago if we were going to keep him in the rotation or move him to the bullpen. Look how far he's come in four starts."

Brian Wilson struck out Omar Quintanilla looking for the final out in the 10th to pick up his 14th save in 16 chances.

Tyler Walker (2-2) got the win after setting down the Rockies in the ninth.

"Talk about a team win, we damn-well used about everyone on the roster today," Walker said. The Giants' half of the 10th got off to an encouraging start when Ray Durham singled and Rich Aurilia drew a walk off Matt Herges (2-1). After Fred Lewis' fielder's choice moved Durham to third, Vizquel lifted a fly to left, easily scoring Durham with the go-ahead run.

Although he's only been back since May 10, Vizquel said he's beginning to feel more comfortable at the plate. With his 2-for-4 afternoon, his average soared to .306.

"It's still early," said Vizquel, who started the season on the disabled list. "I still need to tune up a little bit."

Willy Taveras, Matt Holliday and Ryan Spilborghs all had two hits for the Rockies, who lost for the second straight day.

The two longest active hitting streaks in the majors both came to an end Wednesday. Randy Winn had hit safely in 15 in a row before an 0-for-4 afternoon, while Clint Barmes' streak of 13 straight was halted after going hitless in five plate appearances.

Winn had a potential extra-base hit taken away from him when Todd Helton made a nifty short-handed grab of his hard shot down the line. He was also intentionally walked in the 10th.

Starter Jonathan Sanchez last 6 1/3 innings, surrendering eight hits and two runs while striking out five in the no decision.

Notes

  • Vizquel played his 2,581st contest at shortstop Wednesday, moving him two away from tying fellow Venezuelan Luis Aparicio for the all-time lead in games played at the position.
  • Giants INF Travis Denker made his major league debut Wednesday as a pinch hitter in the 10th. He flied out to left.
 
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Veteran Omar Vizquel single-handedly brings San Francisco back against the NL champion Rockies.  (AP)
Veteran Omar Vizquel single-handedly brings San Francisco back against the NL champion Rockies. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

U. Jimenez
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 1
San Francisco

O. Vizquel
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF5000002 .280
Omar Vizquel, SS4121000 .306
Randy Winn, RF4000102 .291
Bengie Molina, C4021010 .294
    Daniel Ortmeier, PR0100000 .246
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   a- Travis Denker, PH1000002 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF3000102 .318
John Bowker, 1B3000003 .260
    Billy Sadler, P0000000 .000
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
   b- Steve Holm, PH-C1011000 .286
Jose Castillo, 3B3000113 .261
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B2000001 .246
   c- Ray Durham, PH-2B2110010 .297
Jonathan Sanchez, P2010000 .095
    Rich Aurilia, 1B1000110 .254
Totals3537344  
a-flied out for T. Walker in the 10th
b-doubled for Hinshaw in the 9th
c-struck out for Burriss in the 8th
Batting
2B - Omar Vizquel (3, Fuentes), Steve Holm (5, Fuentes)
SF - Omar Vizquel (1)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (4), Bengie Molina (24), Steve Holm (5)
2-OUT RBI - Steve Holm (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Randy Winn (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez 6.1822350 4.39
Billy Sadler 0.2000110 2.57
Alex Hinshaw 1000010 0.00
Tyler Walker (W,2-2) 1000010 6.30
Brian Wilson (S,14) 1000120 5.49
IBB - Helton by Billy Sadler
HBP - Iannetta (by Billy Sadler)
WP - Jonathan Sanchez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 103-64, Billy Sadler 13-8, Alex Hinshaw 17-8, Tyler Walker 10-8, Brian Wilson 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 8-6, Alex Hinshaw 2-0, Tyler Walker 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 30, Billy Sadler 4, Alex Hinshaw 3, Tyler Walker 3, Brian Wilson 4
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5120013 .233
Clint Barmes, SS5000022 .341
Matt Holliday, LF4021110 .324
Garrett Atkins, 3B5010011 .332
Todd Helton, 1B3100223 .272
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4020102 .313
Chris Iannetta, C3010115 .292
    Scott Podsednik, PR0000000 .293
Jeff Baker, 2B2001010 .210
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B1000011 .267
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3000002 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   a- Jon Herrera, PH1000001 .296
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
Totals36282510  
a-grounded out for Buchholz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Willy Taveras (8, Sanchez)
SF - Jeff Baker (2)
SH - Omar Quintanilla (2)
RBI - Matt Holliday (23), Jeff Baker (8)
SB - Willy Taveras (19, 2nd base off Sanchez/Molina), Matt Holliday (8, 2nd base off Sadler/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Baker-Barmes-Helton, Barmes-Baker-Helton
E - Garrett Atkins (7, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez 7300210 4.61
Taylor Buchholz (H,10) 1000020 1.42
Brian Fuentes (BS,3) 1322010 3.05
Matt Herges (L,2-1) 1111200 2.63
IBB - Winn by Matt Herges
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 97-63, Taylor Buchholz 13-8, Brian Fuentes 24-17, Matt Herges 25-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 15-4, Taylor Buchholz 1-0, Matt Herges 1-2
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 25, Taylor Buchholz 3, Brian Fuentes 6, Matt Herges 6
Game Information
Attendance - 27081
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Angel Campos