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Seven-run sixth propels Rockies past Giants

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DENVER -- Jim Tracy didn't recognize his team for the first 14 innings of its key series with San Francisco. Then the Rockies' offense showed up.

Ian Stewart and Todd Helton homered in Colorado's seven-run sixth inning and the Rockies rallied to beat the Giants 14-11 on Saturday night to take a two-game lead in the NL wild-card race.

 Rockies place Cook on DL

Dexter Fowler tripled twice and Jorge De La Rosa pitched six innings for Colorado, which scored a combined 11 runs in the sixth and seventh to even the important four-game series with San Francisco at a game apiece.

"I know the type of baseball team we've had since the end of May, and for the first game and a half of the series it wasn't that team," Tracy said. "The last half of the game it is the team I've been managing."

Tracy said his team's sluggish play in Friday's 6-3 loss in the series opener was due, in part, to getting home at 4 a.m. after flying in from Washington.

"But at some point you have to realize, OK, that's enough rest, lets get back to work," he said.

It took a while, but Colorado's bats woke up. The Giants jumped out to a 6-1 advantage for the second straight game and led 6-3 before the Rockies sent 11 men to the plate in a wild sixth inning.

Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe led off with consecutive singles before Stewart tied it with his 19th homer. Justin Miller (2-2) relieved Joe Martinez and got Clint Barmes to pop out. But Yorvit Torrealba followed with a single to center and pinch-hitter Seth Smith tripled down the right-field line to give the Rockies the lead.

After Carlos Gonzalez walked, Smith was called out in a rundown and Gonzalez moved to second. Fowler tripled to right and scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-6.

Helton then hit Miller's 1-2 changeup into the second deck in right for his 12th homer and first since July 22.

"We haven't had too many meltdowns this year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Tonight we did. We couldn't stop the bleeding."

The Rockies scored four more in the seventh on Ryan Spilborghs' RBI single, two bases-loaded walks and a sacrifice fly by Tulowitzki.

"Something happened," Fowler said of the 11-run outburst. "I don't know if we were jet lagged or something, but it shows the team has a lot of character coming back from that."

Ryan Garko hit a pair of two-run shots for his first homers since the Giants acquired him from Cleveland on July 27. Nate Schierholtz and Aaron Rowand also went deep.

"I got some good pitches to hit and made the most of it," Garko said. "What difference does it make? We lost the game."

De La Rosa (12-8) allowed six runs and eight hits, struck out five and walked two.

"Sometimes you want to win games like we won today, but the most important thing is we're still in first place in the wild card," said De La Rosa, who has won 12 of his 15 starts since starting the season 0-6.

Garko connected in the eighth and Rowand followed with his 12th homer to make it 14-9. Pablo Sandoval hit two-run shot in the ninth but Huston Street came in and struck out Bengie Molina and Garko to end the game.

Randy Winn's RBI single gave the Giants a 6-1 lead in the fourth but the Rockies responded with two runs in the bottom half. Stewart had a sacrifice fly and Barmes singled in a run.

Martinez gave up six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.

"This is the biggest graveyard in the league," Martinez said. "You hope they hit the ball right at someone, but they didn't do that enough."

Notes

  • The Rockies placed RHP Aaron Cook on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and purchased the contract of RHP Matt Herges from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
  • Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (sore left shoulder) sat out his fifth straight game.
  • Tulowitzki returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game with flu-like symptoms.
 
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Todd Helton's 12th homer of the season helps the Rockies plate seven in the sixth inning.  (AP)
Todd Helton's 12th homer of the season helps the Rockies plate seven in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

I. Stewart
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
San Francisco

R. Garko
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, LF4011001 .269
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH1100000 .261
Edgar Renteria, SS5000002 .259
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5332000 .333
Bengie Molina, C4110132 .261
Ryan Garko, 1B5224012 .274
Aaron Rowand, CF4222020 .282
Nate Schierholtz, RF4112000 .297
Juan Uribe, 2B3000020 .273
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
    Fred Lewis, LF0000100 .273
Joe Martinez, P2120000 .286
    Eugenio Velez, 2B2000011 .277
Totals3911121129  
a-grounded out for Howry in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval 2 (37, De La Rosa, Daley), Bengie Molina (24, De La Rosa), Joe Martinez (1, De La Rosa)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (19, Herges), Ryan Garko 2 (13, De La Rosa, Daley), Aaron Rowand (12, Daley), Nate Schierholtz (5, De La Rosa)
RBI - Randy Winn (46), Pablo Sandoval 2 (72), Ryan Garko 4 (51), Aaron Rowand 2 (53), Nate Schierholtz 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Randy Winn (24), Ryan Garko 2 (23)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate Schierholtz 1
DP - Uribe-Renteria-Garko
E - Pablo Sandoval (14, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
Joe Martinez 5965121 5.73
Justin Miller (L,2-2) 0.2444201 2.47
Merkin Valdez 0.2244310 4.89
Bob Howry 1.2000110 3.49
WP - Justin Miller (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Martinez 73-51, Justin Miller 33-15, Merkin Valdez 38-19, Bob Howry 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Martinez 9-3, Bob Howry 1-3
Batters Faced - Joe Martinez 24, Justin Miller 7, Merkin Valdez 7, Bob Howry 6
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3210210 .287
Dexter Fowler, CF3222201 .277
Todd Helton, 1B4113102 .322
    Omar Quintanilla, SS0000000 .174
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3221100 .277
    Garrett Atkins, 1B0000000 .226
Brad Hawpe, RF5220013 .303
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Ian Stewart, 3B4124010 .227
Clint Barmes, 2B5121001 .251
Yorvit Torrealba, C4210111 .252
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000001 .159
   a- Seth Smith, PH1011000 .297
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .400
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF1111000 .252
Totals3514151374  
a-tripled for De La Rosa in the 6th
b-singled for Morales in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (35, Martinez)
3B - Dexter Fowler 2 (9, Martinez, Miller), Seth Smith (3, Miller)
HR - Todd Helton (12, Miller), Ian Stewart (19, Martinez)
SF - Troy Tulowitzki (9), Ian Stewart (4)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (33), Todd Helton 3 (68), Troy Tulowitzki (67), Ian Stewart 4 (58), Clint Barmes (65), Seth Smith (33), Ryan Spilborghs (40)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler (18), Todd Helton (26)
SB - Clint Barmes 2 (11, 2nd base off Martinez/Molina, 2nd base off Valdez/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Barmes-De La Rosa
E - Clint Barmes (10, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (W,12-8) 6866152 4.76
Franklin Morales 1000010 2.52
Matt Daley 0.2333112 4.11
Rafael Betancourt 0.1000000 2.59
Matt Herges 0.1121001 3.86
Huston Street 0.2000020 3.14
WP - Jorge De La Rosa 2 (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 83-57, Franklin Morales 10-7, Matt Daley 26-18, Rafael Betancourt 1-1, Matt Herges 10-6, Huston Street 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 7-5, Franklin Morales 1-1, Matt Herges 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 26, Franklin Morales 3, Matt Daley 6, Rafael Betancourt 1, Matt Herges 3, Huston Street 2
Game Information
Attendance - 47178
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Jim Joyce