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"Yeah," Vogelsong said. "Stop being bad. I'm costing us games right now and I'm not real happy about it."
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Buster Posey and Hunter Pence went deep for the Giants, who lost for only the second time in 10 road games. San Francisco's lead in the NL West was trimmed to five games over the idle Los Angeles Dodgers.
Vogelsong (12-8) allowed four runs and six hits over five innings in losing for the first time in seven career starts against the Rockies. He is 2-3 with a 9.57 ERA in six starts overall since Aug. 13, allowing 28 runs and 43 hits in 26 1/3 innings.
"I'm just not making pitches, missing locations," Vogelsong said. "I felt like I actually got a little bit better as the game went on, so that's a good sign. I felt pretty good about the last couple of innings I threw and I can build off that. But a couple of bad starts in a six-game span is not going to get me down. I'm a battler, guys."
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said he's sure Vogelsong's pitching fortunes will turn around soon.
"He's one of our guys and he's going to be out there," Bochy said. "We have all the confidence in the world in him. He's done an unbelievable job for us this year. Vogie is going to be just fine."
The right-hander entered 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in six previous starts against the Rockies, and the Giants had won all six games. But he was in trouble from the outset this time, allowing successive doubles to Tyler Colvin and Josh Rutledge, the first two batters he faced. One out later, Jordan Pacheco hit an RBI single to put the Rockies up 2-0.
The Giants trailed 6-2 before they got a two-run homer from Posey in the seventh inning off reliever Rex Brothers and then pulled within one in the eighth. Brandon Crawford drew a one-out walk from Matt Belisle, pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff singled and Angel Pagan followed with an RBI double, his third hit of the game.
"Sure, this was a tough game to lose, especially the way we battled back, but we've just got to put this one behind us," Bochy said. "You like having a five-game lead because it does give you a margin of error. But you don't want to slide in the back door. We need to win ballgames."
Colorado manager Jim Tracy was ejected in the bottom of the seventh by second base umpire Angel Campos after a heated argument over an inning-ending double play. Campos ruled that Scutaro tagged Rutledge before throwing to first to get Carlos Gonzalez. Tracy, ejected for the third time this season, argued that Scutaro missed the tag.
The Rockies also lost catcher Ramon Hernandez to a left hamstring strain sustained while running out a double in the fourth. He was replaced by pinch-runner Wilin Rosario, who advanced when Chris Nelson reached on first baseman Brandon Belt fielding error and came home on Charlie Blackmon's double-play grounder.
White hit his first career homer in the second, offsetting a drive he allowed in the top of the inning to Pence for the Giants' first run.
"Got a good pitch," White said. "He left it up in the zone. Put a good swing on it. It's not going to happen often, but I enjoyed it."
A two-out error by Sandoval on Rosario's grounder to third opened the door to a pair of runs by the Rockies in the sixth. Nelson followed with a run-scoring triple and Blackmon added an RBI single to build a four-run lead.
White was lifted after allowing one run and six hits in four innings after throwing 76 pitches, roughly the limit for starting pitchers in the Rockies' unorthodox four-man rotation.
"I had pretty good command," White said. "Obviously, I fell behind a few times. Pitched pretty well with my four-seam. Used my two-seam when I needed to. Had a good changeup. I threw 76 pitches in four innings. But that's what they asked me to do, so I'm going to keep doing it."
|Starter Alex White allows one run in four innings and hits a home run in the Rockies' victory over the Giants. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.290|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||3||.289|
|Jean Machi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||.280|
|Buster Posey, C||5||2||3||2||0||1||1||.330|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||1||1||1||1||1||2||.259|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||1||1||.271|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.239|
|a- Ryan Theriot, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||2||1||0||0||2||0||3||.246|
|Ryan Vogelsong, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.083|
|b- Hector Sanchez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.264|
|Dan Runzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Otero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Aubrey Huff, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.169|
|Francisco Peguero, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Blanco in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Vogelsong in the 6th|
|c-singled for Affeldt in the 8th|
|2B - Angel Pagan (32, Belisle)|
|HR - Buster Posey (21, Brothers), Hunter Pence (20, White)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (54), Buster Posey 2 (89), Hunter Pence (88), Brandon Belt (48)|
|2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey 2 (25)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Scutaro-Belt, Scutaro-Belt|
|E - Brandon Belt (5, Misplayed grounder), Pablo Sandoval (12, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Ryan Vogelsong (L,12-8)||5||6||4||4||0||1||1||3.40|
|WP - Jeremy Affeldt (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 73-52, Dan Runzler 4-3, Dan Otero 22-15, Jeremy Affeldt 12-9, Jean Machi 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 10-3, Dan Otero 2-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Jean Machi 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 20, Dan Runzler 1, Dan Otero 6, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Jean Machi 4|
|Tyler Colvin, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.291|
|Josh Rutledge, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.321|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.304|
|Jordan Pacheco, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.306|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.217|
|Wilin Rosario, PR-C||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||.249|
|Chris Nelson, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.272|
|Charlie Blackmon, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.214|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Alex White, P||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.160|
|Guillermo Moscoso, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.222|
|a- Andrew Brown, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.228|
|Rex Brothers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Moscoso in the 6th|
|2B - Tyler Colvin (22, Vogelsong), Josh Rutledge (15, Vogelsong), Ramon Hernandez (10, Vogelsong)|
|3B - Chris Nelson (3, Otero)|
|HR - Alex White (1, Vogelsong)|
|RBI - Josh Rutledge (28), Jordan Pacheco (42), Chris Nelson (43), Charlie Blackmon (2), Alex White (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Nelson (22), Charlie Blackmon (1), Alex White (1)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Nelson-Rutledge-Pacheco|
|Guillermo Moscoso (W,2-1)||2||3||1||1||1||2||0||6.81|
|Matt Belisle (H,24)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||3.16|
|Rafael Betancourt (S,28)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.47|
|WP - Guillermo Moscoso (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alex White 76-47, Guillermo Moscoso 32-21, Rex Brothers 22-14, Matt Belisle 22-12, Rafael Betancourt 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 5-4, Guillermo Moscoso 2-2, Matt Belisle 1-2, Rafael Betancourt 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Alex White 17, Guillermo Moscoso 10, Rex Brothers 6, Matt Belisle 6, Rafael Betancourt 3|
|Attendance - 25817|
|Game Time - 3:13|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Ted Barrett|