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Renteria's grand slam helps Giants tie Rockies in NL wild-card race

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Edgar Renteria spoke up in a team meeting Tuesday and told his San Francisco teammates to forget a heartbreaking 14-inning loss at Colorado the night before that ended on a grand slam.

"I told them, 'Play ball,"' Renteria recalled.

He's sure doing so, and is a key reason the Giants are right back in the thick of things alongside the Rockies.

Renteria hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning and the Giants pulled even in the NL wild-card race with Colorado, beating the Rockies 9-5 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

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The Giants moved into a tie in the NL West with Colorado, six games behind first-place Los Angeles. The Rockies lost their season-high fifth in a row.

San Francisco swept the Rockies at home for the first time since April 8-10, 2005. Last week, the Giants lost three of four at Coors Field despite leading every game.

"It was big," Renteria said. "The Rockies played great in Colorado and beat us three times. I tell everybody, 'You have to forget everything. If we want to go to the playoffs, we have to separate everything and play as a team."'

Renteria homered with two outs to overcome a 5-2 deficit, connecting two pitches after Rafael Betancourt (0-1) relieved Franklin Morales. Renteria hit his eighth career grand slam and second in two years against Betancourt.

"That couldn't have come at a better time," starter Matt Cain said.

Renteria came out for a curtain call from the sellout crowd of 42,571, the second time in two days it happened for the Giants -- pitcher Barry Zito emerged to tip his cap during Saturday night's 5-3 win.

Renteria also doubled in a run and matched his career high with five RBI. He was intentionally walked in the eighth with two runners on.

Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth inning to put the Rockies ahead, but Colorado's bullpen couldn't hold a 4-1 lead.

"They kept fighting," San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy said. "That's what it's about. Edgar, what a day he had."

Brandon Medders (3-1) recorded two outs in the seventh for the victory. Jeremy Affeldt struck out Garrett Atkins and Carlos Gonzalez with the tying run on third in the eighth, and the pitcher pumped his fist three times leaving the mound.

Closer Brian Wilson pitched the ninth after saving the first two games of the series, with fans chanting "Sweep! Sweep!"

Pinch-hitter Ryan Rohlinger added a two-run single in the eighth and Eugenio Velez an RBI double as the Giants wrapped up a 5-1 homestand.

Tulowitzki hit his 24th homer to go with an RBI double and run-scoring single.

San Francisco, which has been struggling with runners in scoring position, started its rally in the seventh on Juan Uribe's leadoff walk against Morales. Aaron Rowand singled and Fred Lewis was hit in the back by a pitch one out later to load the bases. After Eugenio Velez struck out, Renteria stepped in and produced his biggest hit since joining the Giants this year.

The series was a total swing from the teams' previous meetings. The Rockies rallied for a 6-4, 14-inning win last Monday in which Ryan Spilborghs hit a game-winning grand slam after the Giants had scored three in the top half.

"It's a very, very difficult game to lose," manager Jim Tracy said. "But I think we have to put everything in perspective and not just what took place in this ballgame. And that is the fact that obviously we punched at them over in Denver and they punched back. ...

"If you have ambitions of playing baseball in October, when you get knocked down you've got to stand back up. We got knocked down this weekend. Are we going to get back up?"

Cain saw his winless stretch reach seven starts since he beat the Rockies in Denver on July 24.

Gonzalez returned to the Rockies lineup for the first time this series. He hurt his left thumb Thursday diving for a ball and already had stitches in his palm from a separate injury.

Notes

  • San Francisco has four grand slams this season.
  • The Rockies homered in consecutive at-bats for the seventh time in 2009.
  • Giants C Bengie Molina pinch hit but missed his sixth straight start with tightness in his right quadriceps. Molina tested his legs with some running and manager Bruce Bochy expects him to play during the club's upcoming series at Philadelphia.
  • Rockies C Yorvit Torrealba singled in the eighth for a career-best 10-game hitting streak.
 
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Edgar Renteria (right) gives the Giants a major lift in the seventh with a go-ahead grand slam.  (AP)
Edgar Renteria (right) gives the Giants a major lift in the seventh with a go-ahead grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF4110112 .290
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4110131 .254
Todd Helton, 1B5131001 .326
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5143002 .284
Brad Hawpe, RF4010122 .298
Ian Stewart, 3B5130013 .231
Clint Barmes, 2B3001012 .243
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010100 .278
Jason Hammel, P3000032 .098
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .400
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH1000012 .225
    Juan Rincon, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
Totals375145412  
a-struck out for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (23, Cain), Brad Hawpe (37, Cain), Ian Stewart (19, Affeldt)
3B - Ian Stewart (3, Cain)
HR - Todd Helton (13, Cain), Troy Tulowitzki (24, Cain)
SF - Clint Barmes (7)
RBI - Todd Helton (70), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (73), Clint Barmes (68)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (28), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (18)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (9, 2nd base off Cain/Whiteside)
CS - Carlos Gonzalez (2, 2nd base by Hinshaw/Whiteside), Ian Stewart (4, 2nd base by Cain/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Brad Hawpe (4, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel 5422120 4.40
Franklin Morales (H,6) 1.2133140 3.03
Rafael Betancourt (BS,3; L,1-3) 0.1211111 3.12
Juan Rincon0233100 6.28
Joe Beimel 0.2100110 3.47
Matt Daley 0.1000000 3.76
IBB - Renteria by Joe Beimel
HBP - Rowand (by Jason Hammel), Lewis (by Franklin Morales), Whiteside (by Juan Rincon)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 53-37, Franklin Morales 38-22, Rafael Betancourt 16-9, Juan Rincon 14-8, Joe Beimel 10-5, Matt Daley 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 2-10, Franklin Morales 1-0, Joe Beimel 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 20, Franklin Morales 8, Rafael Betancourt 4, Juan Rincon 4, Joe Beimel 4, Matt Daley 1
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF-RF^LF4121113 .280
Edgar Renteria, SS4135100 .264
Nate Schierholtz, RF1001000 .278
   a- Bengie Molina, PH1000012 .262
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   b- Randy Winn, PH-RF2010003 .265
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000126 .333
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Travis Ishikawa, 1B2000001 .259
   c- Ryan Garko, PH-1B3000017 .269
Juan Uribe, 2B3210100 .275
Aaron Rowand, CF2210100 .276
Eli Whiteside, C3100023 .226
Matt Cain, P1000010 .154
   d- Fred Lewis, PH-LF1210000 .271
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   e- Ryan Rohlinger, PH-3B1012000 .167
Totals32910958  
a-struck out for Schierholtz in the 6th
b-singled for Medders in the 7th
c-grounded out for Ishikawa in the 6th
d-doubled for Cain in the 6th
e-singled for Affeldt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eugenio Velez (9, Beimel), Edgar Renteria (18, Hammel), Fred Lewis (20, Hammel)
HR - Edgar Renteria (4, Betancourt)
SF - Nate Schierholtz (6)
RBI - Eugenio Velez (18), Edgar Renteria 5 (47), Nate Schierholtz (28), Ryan Rohlinger 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria 4 (29)
SB - Randy Winn (11, 2nd base off Betancourt/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Renteria-Garko
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain 6844282 2.50
Alex Hinshaw 0.1211100 9.53
Brandon Medders (W,3-1) 0.2100000 3.40
Jeremy Affeldt (H,27) 1200020 1.81
Brian Wilson 1100120 2.89
IBB - Torrealba by Matt Cain
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 113-75, Alex Hinshaw 8-4, Brandon Medders 3-2, Jeremy Affeldt 19-13, Brian Wilson 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 5-4, Brandon Medders 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 27, Alex Hinshaw 3, Brandon Medders 2, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Brian Wilson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42571
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Wally Bell