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San Francisco at Colorado

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San Francisco (40-38)020001000372
Colorado (42-37) «20011003x7120

Rockies 7, Giants 3

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Miguel Olivo had two big, bright red scrapes blanketing the top and bottom of his right knee, one courtesy of his slide on a triple, the other a result of a collision at home plate.

He couldn't be prouder of the scars and what they represent.

"Hustling is what winning teams do," Olivo said. "My knee is a little messy, but I like it."

The convergence of Olivo's gritty play, Carlos Gonzalez's power and Aaron Cook's sharp outing helped the Colorado Rockies to a 7-3 victory over the reeling San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

This is a team that's beginning to find their form, winning for the third time in four games. Even with smooth-fielding shortstop Troy Tulowitzki sidelined for a month due to a broken left wrist, their confidence is riding high.

"It all rolls together for us," Cook said. "Starting pitching, back end of the bullpen, a couple of timely hits and before you know it, we're at the end of the game and we've got a win. We're in a good position right now to get hot."

The Giants are traveling in an opposite direction, their skid reaching a season-high six games.

"We got shut down," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We had a couple of opportunities and didn't quite get them in. They found a way to get theirs in."

Cook (3-5) allowed three runs and seven hits to win for the first time since May 29. He has thrived at Coors Field this season, posting a 2.64 ERA in friendly confines as opposed to 6.70 on the road.

The sinkerball specialist pitched into the seventh, striking out counterpart Madison Bumgarner before being pulled.

"Just went out there and tried to use my sinker the way I know I can," Cook said.

Rarely has it danced any better.

"Amazing. He got the sinker, the breaking ball, the slider working -- everything working," Olivo said. "I hope he can keep it up."

Bumgarner (0-2) lasted seven innings in his second start of the season, giving up four runs and nine hits.

"The kid did well," Bochy said.

The Rockies broke open a one-run game in the eighth by scoring three times. Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi had a run-scoring single while Olivo's hustle played a role in the other two runs.

The catcher who's having an All-Star caliber season brought in one with a triple, leading to the abrasion on the upper part of his knee.

Later, he scored a run when he knocked the ball out of catcher Buster Posey's glove on an infield chopper -- a wound on his knee to show for it.

"Worth it," Olivo said, smiling.

Dexter Fowler provided a spark on the basepaths, stealing two bases and scoring twice. The speedy outfielder just recently returned to the team after spending a month with Triple-A Colorado Springs to hone his mechanics at the plate.

"We brought him back to be a part of our outfield, like he was year ago -- a player that helped make us a special team," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

The Giants moved Aaron Rowand back into the leadoff spot Wednesday, a move that paid dividends against Colorado.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the second, Rowand crushed a curveball to left that just curled foul.

No matter, he followed that with a two-run single through the middle, tying the game at 2 apiece.

Posey later added a solo homer as he took the place of Bengie Molina in the lineup after the veteran catcher was dealt to the Texas Rangers earlier in the day for reliever Chris Ray and a minor-league pitcher.

That would be all the Giants could generate off Cook.

"We had Cook on the ropes. He got his pitch count early and we let him off the hook in the middle innings," Rowand said. "Cook got back on track and threw the ball well."

A change in the order has benefited Gonzalez, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning. He has 11 RBI in 15 games hitting out of the three spot.

Gonzalez has also been wearing out NL West pitchers this season, hitting nine of his 13 homers against divisional hurlers.

Notes

The Giants began their longest road trip of the season Thursday, 11 games in three cities. ... Ray arrived at Coors Field an hour after game time, but didn't make an appearance for his new team.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF4012020 .239
Edgar Renteria, SS4000002 .320
Aubrey Huff, 1B3010110 .289
Pat Burrell, LF4010012 .261
    Andres Torres, PR-LF0000000 .272
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010011 .274
Juan Uribe, 2B4100003 .262
Buster Posey, C4221000 .297
Nate Schierholtz, RF4010010 .266
Madison Bumgarner, P3000023 .167
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000000 .297
Totals3537318  
a-flied out for Runzler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (17, Cook)
HR - Buster Posey (2, Cook)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (26), Buster Posey (11)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (8), Buster Posey (5)
SB - Aaron Rowand (2, 2nd base off Cook/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-Uribe-Huff
E - Buster Posey (2, Missed catch of throw), Edgar Renteria (4, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner (L,0-2) 7943151 4.50
Guillermo Mota 0.2231000 2.90
Dan Runzler 0.1100010 3.21
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 111-73, Guillermo Mota 22-16, Dan Runzler 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 9-6, Guillermo Mota 2-1
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 30, Guillermo Mota 5, Dan Runzler 2
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5230011 .217
Todd Helton, 1B4010013 .250
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3112102 .299
Melvin Mora, 3B4001000 .246
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4110021 .261
Miguel Olivo, C4221010 .312
Clint Barmes, SS4121000 .251
Jonathan Herrera, 2B4010012 .276
Aaron Cook, P2000002 .222
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
   a- Ian Stewart, PH1000000 .247
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Giambi, PH1011000 .222
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals36712616  
a-popped out for Belisle in the 7th
b-singled for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
3B - Dexter Fowler (4, Bumgarner), Miguel Olivo (5, Mota)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (13, Bumgarner)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (48), Melvin Mora (11), Miguel Olivo (39), Clint Barmes (39), Jason Giambi (16)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes (16), Jason Giambi (6)
SB - Dexter Fowler 2 (8, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey, 3rd base off Bumgarner/Posey), Carlos Gonzalez (12, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey)
Team LOB - 6
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (W,3-5) 6.1733141 4.66
Matt Belisle (H,9) 0.2000010 2.81
Rafael Betancourt (H,12) 1000020 4.97
Huston Street 1000010 3.38
WP - Rafael Betancourt (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 98-61, Matt Belisle 7-5, Rafael Betancourt 13-12, Huston Street 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 8-7, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 27, Matt Belisle 2, Rafael Betancourt 4, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32134
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Paul Nauert