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Colorado at San Francisco

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Colorado (73-89) «2000202006130
San Francisco (86-76)0000030003100

Rockies 6, Giants 3

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The postgame hugs and handshakes had little zest.

The Colorado Rockies piled out of the dugout and moved in from all corners of the infield to congratulate themselves on the only thing left to celebrate: Not finishing last in the NL West, avoiding 90 losses and, perhaps most gratifying, finally being able to say this sorry season is over.

Finally.

Kevin Kouzmanoff had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Wednesday.

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"We know where our situation is," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We're going to get busy here a hell of a lot sooner than later and do some of the things necessary to turn the tables on what is definitely a very disappointing season. But we're going to solve it."

As a small consolation, the Rockies will at least be able to soak in a win this winter.

Drew Pomeranz (2-1) outpitched fellow rookie Eric Surkamp (2-2) in their second matchup in two weeks and Jordan Pacheco added a pair of RBI singles for the Rockies, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Giants.

The series finale that many thought could have playoff implications in April became an afterthought.

San Francisco (86-76) wound up in second place in the NL West behind playoff-bound Arizona, becoming the first defending World Series champion not to make the playoffs since the 2007 St. Louis Cardinals. Colorado (73-89) finished fourth, just ahead of the last-place San Diego.

"We ended up on a positive note," center fielder Dexter Fowler said. "These aren't the expectations we have for ourselves. At the same time, we want to go out and have fun next year and exceed expectations."

The finale attracted a sellout crowd of 41,873, many of whom took every last chance to cheer the 2010 champs. The Giants returned to the field several minutes after the final out to show their appreciation.

By then, the Rockies were already packed up in the visitors' clubhouse and heading into an uncertain offseason.

They had plans -- and, on paper, all the talent -- to make a run at the division title. These two clubs were considered strong contenders to win the West when the season began, and both have busy winters ahead: Among the Rockies' top priorities is acquiring a front-line starter, while the Giants again need a big bat.

"I think the important thing is we've kind of realized the error of our ways this year," Tracy said. "Obviously, we were beat up this year, but there's still other things we need to do to be an efficient club. And as we go into the winter and we go into spring training, that's basically the message."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy and Tracy went with young lineups to evaluate who might make an impact come 2012.

San Francisco's lineup featured only one starter from opening day in Pat Burrell -- who might have played his final game -- and only two players who were even on the 25-man roster on March 31 at Dodger Stadium: Burrell and infielder Mark DeRosa.

San Francisco lost reigning NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey to a devastating season-ending leg injury in a home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins on May 25 and also went without second baseman Freddy Sanchez because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Many Rockies regulars sat out, too. No injured Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki, the two stars who received hefty new contracts last winter. Todd Helton is hurt, too.

The Rockies completed the seven-game road trip at 3-4, bouncing back from a 7-0 shutout a night earlier to avoid a sweep. Not exactly how they figured to end the season.

"Sometimes the education process can be very, very painful," Tracy said. "But in order to learn some things about some of your young people, you have to expose them to some situations. I can promise you this: With the number of young people that we've used over the course of the month of September, we learned a heck of a lot more than we would have ever learned over the course of spring training."

Notes

Rafael Betancourt pitched the ninth for his eighth save in 12 chances as Colorado won the final game of the season for the first time since 2007. ... Both teams' hitting coaches are going under the knife soon. Colorado's Carney Lansford needs a full right hip replacement, while Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens of the Giants will undergo surgery on his right knee.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

M. DeRosa
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF5120022 .247
Dexter Fowler, CF5221003 .266
Mark Ellis, 2B4110102 .248
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5232010 .235
Seth Smith, RF4011100 .284
Jordan Pacheco, C5022001 .286
Ty Wigginton, 1B3000012 .242
Thomas Field, SS4020012 .271
Drew Pomeranz, P2000021 .200
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
   a- Chris Iannetta, PH1000000 .238
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Totals38613627  
a-grounded out for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (11, Surkamp, Mota)
3B - Eric Young Jr. (3, Surkamp)
SH - Drew Pomeranz (2)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (45), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (33), Seth Smith (59), Jordan Pacheco 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (13), Jordan Pacheco (9)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (27, 2nd base off Ramirez/H. Sanchez), Mark Ellis (14, 2nd base off Mota/H. Sanchez)
CS - Mark Ellis (5, 2nd base by Surkamp/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 9
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Pomeranz (W,2-1) 5.2633030 5.40
Matt Lindstrom (H,15) 0.1100000 3.00
Matt Belisle (H,14) 1100000 3.25
Rex Brothers (H,16) 1100030 2.88
Rafael Betancourt (S,8) 1100010 2.89
WP - Drew Pomeranz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Pomeranz 71-48, Matt Lindstrom 4-2, Matt Belisle 9-8, Rex Brothers 17-10, Rafael Betancourt 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Pomeranz 6-8, Matt Belisle 1-2
Batters Faced - Drew Pomeranz 23, Matt Lindstrom 2, Matt Belisle 4, Rex Brothers 4, Rafael Betancourt 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Justin Christian, CF5120012 .255
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4111002 .277
Carlos Beltran, RF2000001 .300
    Andres Torres, RF2010001 .221
Pat Burrell, LF3010021 .230
    Brandon Belt, LF1000011 .225
Brett Pill, 1B4110013 .300
Mark DeRosa, 3B4022021 .279
Emmanuel Burriss, SS3000002 .204
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH1000000 .227
Hector Sanchez, C4010001 .258
Eric Surkamp, P1000000 .125
    Steve Edlefsen, P0000000 .000
   b- Conor Gillaspie, PH1000001 .263
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .100
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   c- Aubrey Huff, PH1010000 .246
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   d- Pablo Sandoval, PH1000001 .315
Totals37310307  
a-lined out for Burriss in the 9th
b-popped out for Edlefsen in the 5th
c-singled for Romo in the 7th
d-flied out for Casilla in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Christian (5, Pomeranz), Brett Pill (3, Pomeranz)
RBI - Jeff Keppinger (35), Mark DeRosa 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Mark DeRosa 2 (6)
SB - Andres Torres 2 (19, 2nd base off Brothers/Pacheco, 3rd base off Brothers/Pacheco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - H. Sanchez-Keppinger
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Surkamp (L,2-2) 4.2844230 5.74
Steve Edlefsen 0.1000010 9.53
Guillermo Mota 1.1222020 3.81
Dan Runzler0100000 6.26
Sergio Romo 0.2100010 1.50
Ramon Ramirez 1100000 2.62
Santiago Casilla 1000000 1.74
HBP - Wigginton (by Eric Surkamp)
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Surkamp 79-48, Steve Edlefsen 3-3, Guillermo Mota 24-15, Dan Runzler 4-4, Sergio Romo 10-8, Ramon Ramirez 10-5, Santiago Casilla 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Surkamp 5-5, Sergio Romo 1-0, Ramon Ramirez 2-1, Santiago Casilla 1-2
Batters Faced - Eric Surkamp 24, Steve Edlefsen 1, Guillermo Mota 6, Dan Runzler 1, Sergio Romo 3, Ramon Ramirez 4, Santiago Casilla 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41873
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez