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Crawford's three-run blast highlights Giants comeback

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SAN FRANCISCO -- One bad inning ended up ruining Tim Lincecum's start. Brandon Crawford and the rest of the San Francisco hitters made sure it wasn't a wasted night for the Giants.

Crawford started San Francisco's rally from a four-run deficit that Lincecum created by hitting a three-run homer and Angel Pagan added a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to lead the Giants to their eighth consecutive victory against the Colorado Rockies, 9-6 on Tuesday night.

"You have to feel good after the team wins, especially coming back from the hole I put them in there in the second inning," Lincecum said. "I feel good about that. But I'm going back to the chalkboard after every start and going into refining mode and trying to fix the errors. That second inning really was a doozy for me."

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Lincecum walked three batters, including the pitcher, and threw a wild pitch that helped lead to a five-run inning for Colorado. But he settled down after that, staying in the game for four more innings, and then watched his teammates rally for the victory.

Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles and Pagan and Marco Scutaro each had three hits for the Giants, who have won the first two games of the series.

Dexter Fowler and Josh Rutledge each drove in two runs in the second inning, and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo homer off Lincecum to help the Rockies build a 6-2 lead.

But the Giants scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game and then won it in the eighth against Matt Belisle (0-1).

"The Giants just keep coming," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "They won a championship playing like that. They string together a lot of good at-bats, there are a lot of tough outs over there. We couldn't shut them down."

Pinch-hitter Andres Torres started the winning rally with a double to right field and Pagan followed with a single up the middle that almost hit Belisle in the face.

Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco added RBI singles to give the Giants insurance.

Santiago Casilla (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the victory and Sergio Romo got three outs for his fifth save.

The Rockies appeared to be in control until Juan Nicasio walked the first two batters of the sixth to end his night after 95 pitches, marking the 110th consecutive game a Rockies starter has failed to reach the 100-pitch mark.

Adam Ottavino came in and allowed Crawford's second career home run at AT&T Park, a rare opposite-field shot in a noted pitchers' park.

"I fell behind 2-0, we had a four-run lead, so I tried to challenge him," Ottavino said. "I wasn't trying to be too fine. He put a good swing on it. I've had success against him in the past, especially away. When he hit it I was going to back up third. It surprised me when it went out."

The Giants then loaded the bases with one out before Belisle relieved and allowed a tying single by Pence that gave him 1,000 career hits. Belisle escaped the jam without further damage when he got Brandon Belt to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, is still trying to find his groove following a disappointing 2012 season when he had a career-high 15 losses and an NL-worst 5.18 ERA.

After matching a career high with seven walks in his first start last week against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lincecum was hurt again by a lack of command against the Rockies.

He might have escaped the second unscathed if not for a bad decision by Scutaro, who threw wildly trying to get a force at second base instead of taking a sure out at first. That helped set up the big inning that featured a two-run double by Fowler and a two-run single by Rutledge.

Lincecum retired nine of 10 batters following Rutledge's single, allowing only another walk to Nicasio. But Tulowitzki added to the Rockies' lead when he sent a first pitch halfway up the seats in left field for his third homer of the season.

Lincecum allowed six runs, four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.

"He had great stuff. Unfortunately all the innings count," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had trouble getting out of that second inning. Really other than that he threw the ball very well. I thought he threw the ball great and didn't let the game get out of control and kept us from going to the `pen early and gave us a chance to make that comeback."

Notes

  • Colorado has hit a home run in all eight games.
  • With a day game Wednesday, Bochy gave reigning NL MVP Buster Posey the night off and started Hector Sanchez at catcher. Bochy said Sanchez could end up being Lincecum's regular catcher but he doesn't want to commit to that yet.
  • Barry Zito, who is 7-2 in his career vs. Colorado, will start the series finale against Jeff Francis.
 
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Brandon Crawford's three-run homer triggers the Giants comeback victory over the Rockies.  (Getty Images)
Brandon Crawford's three-run homer triggers the Giants comeback victory over the Rockies. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Crawford
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4112121 .314
Josh Rutledge, 2B3012010 .276
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4000012 .303
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3211111 .346
Michael Cuddyer, RF4100010 .407
Todd Helton, 1B4001000 .095
Wilin Rosario, C3110110 .348
Chris Nelson, 3B3000022 .261
   a- Reid Brignac, PH1000000 .364
Juan Nicasio, P1100211 .000
    Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Young Jr., PH1000010 .231
Totals31646511  
a-grounded out for Nelson in the 9th
b-struck out for Lopez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (2, Lincecum)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (3, Lincecum)
SH - Josh Rutledge (1)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (7), Josh Rutledge 2 (3), Troy Tulowitzki (8), Todd Helton (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (3), Josh Rutledge 2 (2), Troy Tulowitzki (4)
SB - Wilin Rosario 2 (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/H. Sanchez, 2nd base off Lincecum/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rutledge-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Juan Nicasio 5544520 4.91
Adam Ottavino (H,1) 0.1322101 9.00
Matt Belisle (BS,1; L,0-1) 1.2322020 3.38
Wilton Lopez 1311010 10.80
IBB - Sandoval by Adam Ottavino
WP - Adam Ottavino (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 95-55, Adam Ottavino 12-6, Matt Belisle 22-16, Wilton Lopez 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 6-7, Adam Ottavino 1-0, Matt Belisle 2-0, Wilton Lopez 1-1
Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 25, Adam Ottavino 5, Matt Belisle 7, Wilton Lopez 6
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5231013 .364
Marco Scutaro, 2B4131002 .194
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4011101 .345
    Joaquin Arias, 3B0000000 .286
Hunter Pence, RF5022012 .300
Brandon Belt, 1B5000002 .091
Gregor Blanco, LF3111210 .231
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Hector Sanchez, C3100215 .125
Brandon Crawford, SS3213111 .231
Tim Lincecum, P1010000 .333
   a- Nick Noonan, PH1110000 .400
    Jose Mijares, P0000000 .000
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   b- Andres Torres, PH-LF1110000 .188
Totals35914965  
a-singled for Lincecum in the 6th
b-doubled for Casilla in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (1, Belisle)
HR - Brandon Crawford (1, Ottavino)
SH - Marco Scutaro (1), Tim Lincecum (1)
RBI - Angel Pagan (4), Marco Scutaro (1), Pablo Sandoval (6), Hunter Pence 2 (7), Gregor Blanco (1), Brandon Crawford 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (1), Gregor Blanco (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Marco Scutaro (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum 6466471 4.91
Jose Mijares 0.2000110 5.40
George Kontos 0.1000000 10.80
Santiago Casilla (W,1-0) 1000010 3.00
Sergio Romo (S,5) 1000020 0.00
WP - Tim Lincecum (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 104-61, Jose Mijares 11-6, George Kontos 4-3, Santiago Casilla 13-9, Sergio Romo 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-5, Jose Mijares 1-0, Sergio Romo 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 27, Jose Mijares 3, George Kontos 1, Santiago Casilla 3, Sergio Romo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41910
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mike Winters