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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants are finally getting some timely hits from the familiar faces as well as the newcomers.
Buster Posey delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, and the Giants rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Monday night to match their best winning streak of the season at three games.
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Gregor Blanco hit a tying home run leading off the sixth for San Francisco and also added a pair of singles, including one to start the rally in the eighth against loser Rex Brothers (1-2). Joaquin Arias then beat out an infield single when Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario tried to let the bunt up the first base line roll foul and it stayed fair. He rushed his throw to first and the ball got past Todd Helton for an error that moved Blanco to third.
"I thought it was going foul. I knew I needed a good bunt because we had to get that runner to second," said Arias, who committed a fielding error at third in the ninth but recovered to make a play on the final out. "Things are starting to go our way."
Sergio Romo (2-0) struck out Michael Cuddyer with runners on second and third to end the eighth for the victory. Santiago Casilla finished for his eighth save in nine chances despite allowing an unearned run in the ninth.
Casilla retired Chris Nelson on a groundout to end it with the bases loaded.
"Nothing was broken. Just hit me on the side of my knee," he said. "I'm not a doctor but I guess there was tendon there and it's just kind of blown up a little bit and sore. I was standing all the time on that top step when I'm in the hole and I was doing the same thing I've been doing ever since I started in the big leagues. I've never had one really come close."
After being examined by athletic trainer Keith Dugger, Tulowitzki stayed in the game and took his at-bat. The star shortstop reached on an infield single against Javier Lopez but hobbled to the base, clearly in pain. Manager Jim Tracy and Dugger hustled out to first and Tulowitzki was lifted for pinch-runner Nelson.
X-rays on Tulowitzki's knee were negative.
"All I can tell you is we dodged a serious bullet there," Tracy said. "If that ball would have been a couple of inches left, it might have hit him right in the kneecap. We were really fortunate."
Brett Pill singled in an insurance run in the eighth for the Giants after he couldn't come through earlier.
In the sixth, Posey hit a two-out single and Angel Pagan doubled to bring up Pill with runners on second and third, but he struck out. Posey snapped an 0-for-10 funk with only his fourth hit in 28 at-bats.
Rosario hit a towering home run deep into the left-field bleachers to start the fourth for Colorado, which missed several other scoring opportunities in losing its fourth in a row and ninth in 10. The Rockies are wrapping up a rough eight-game road trip with this short two-game series.
Christian Friedrich delivered the kind of outing Colorado desperately needed in only his second career start. The left-hander struck out 10 and walked one, allowing six hits and one run in seven innings. He won in his major-league debut last Wednesday, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings at San Diego.
His consistency came at a good time for Colorado. A day earlier, the Rockies walked 10 batters, all during a span of five innings, and six of them scored Sunday in a 11-5 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers that led to a sweep.
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong walked a season-high five batters and allowed three hits in seven innings. He still hasn't lost to the Rockies for his career, going 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA in five starts, including 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA in four at home.
The right-hander walked three in the first and two more with two outs in the third to load the bases. Vogelsong received a mound visit from pitching coach Dave Righetti before facing Cuddyer.
"I was just trying to survive until I could find something that worked," Vogelsong said.
The Giants ended a stretch in which they had lost the first game of a series in the previous six openers. San Francisco is only 4-8 in those games this year -- with this win marking the club's first victory in a series opener since beating the Mets on April 20 in New York.
Cabrera had his 11-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 night for the Giants.
|Gregor Blanco homers and picks up two singles for the Giants in their one-run victory over the Rockies. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B-SS||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||.254|
|Tyler Colvin, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.311|
|a- Dexter Fowler, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||1||1||2||.219|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||3||0||1||0||2||0||1||.301|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.262|
|Chris Nelson, PR-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.219|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.242|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.270|
|Wilin Rosario, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.236|
|Jonathan Herrera, 3B-2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Christian Friedrich, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Rex Brothers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Giambi, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.240|
|Alex White, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-walked for Colvin in the 8th|
|b-walked for Belisle in the 9th|
|2B - Carlos Gonzalez (6, Vogelsong)|
|HR - Wilin Rosario (5, Vogelsong)|
|RBI - Wilin Rosario (11)|
|CS - Marco Scutaro (2, 2nd base by Vogelsong/Posey)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Tulowitzki-Scutaro-Helton|
|E - Wilin Rosario (1, Throwing)|
|Rex Brothers (L,1-2)||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||4.26|
|Pitches-Strikes - Christian Friedrich 93-69, Rex Brothers 6-4, Matt Belisle 21-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Christian Friedrich 5-5, Matt Belisle 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Christian Friedrich 27, Rex Brothers 1, Matt Belisle 6|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Gregor Blanco, RF||4||2||3||1||0||1||0||.286|
|Joaquin Arias, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.255|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.338|
|Buster Posey, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.277|
|Brett Pill, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||1||2||.255|
|Charlie Culberson, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.125|
|Emmanuel Burriss, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.212|
|Ryan Vogelsong, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|a- Nate Schierholtz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Vogelsong in the 7th|
|2B - Angel Pagan (6, Friedrich)|
|HR - Gregor Blanco (1, Friedrich)|
|RBI - Gregor Blanco (8), Buster Posey (13), Brett Pill (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brett Pill (3)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Joaquin Arias (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Sergio Romo (W,2-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Santiago Casilla (S,8)||1||1||1||0||2||1||0||1.29|
|IBB - C. Gonzalez by Santiago Casilla|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 117-71, Javier Lopez 15-9, Sergio Romo 5-4, Santiago Casilla 29-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 9-8, Javier Lopez 1-1, Santiago Casilla 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 28, Javier Lopez 4, Sergio Romo 1, Santiago Casilla 7|
|Attendance - 41254|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|