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Rockies rally for 5 runs in 9th to edge Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- With only a handful of wins over the past two years, the Colorado Rockies have grown to loathe their annual visits to AT&T Park.

A five-run ninth inning against Giants closer Sergio Romo might just change how manager Walt Weiss's club views its road trips to San Francisco.

D.J. LeMahieu hit a tiebreaking single after going hitless in his first three at-bats, and the Rockies rallied to beat the Giants 7-4 on Friday night.

"It's a tough place to play, not only for us but for everybody," said Weiss, whose club had dropped 15 of 18 at the Giants' waterfront ballpark.

"The Giants are always tough at home. To win a game like that, not only the first game of the series but the way we won it, (is) big for our club."

The Rockies had gone five straight innings without a hit before scoring five times off Romo (3-2), who went into the night tied for most saves in the majors.

Troy Tulowitzki had a leadoff single, but was replaced by Charlie Culberson after injuring his foot reaching first base. After Justin Morneau singled, Romo retired Wilin Rosario on a fly to center field. He then intentionally walked Corey Dickerson to load the bases.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Wheeler hit a two-run single before LeMahieu's soft single to center drove in Dickerson.

"(Romo) does such a good job of keeping the ball down," Wheeler said. "Even the pitch I hit, I think it was a ball. I hit the barrel and it went up the middle."

Michael McKenry added an RBI single off George Kontos, and LeMahieu scored while McKenry was caught in a rundown between first and second.

Matt Belisle (1-2) pitched one inning for the win, and LaTroy Hawkins worked the ninth for his 12th save.

"This team knows what to do and we continue to hold each other accountable, but you still have to get it done," Belisle said. "Tonight, that's what happened."

The Rockies had to overcome an injury-shortened night by starter Jorge De La Rosa. The left-hander, who had lost his previous two starts, was forced out of the game after the third inning due to tightness in his lower back.

The Rockies bailed him out with their huge ninth, marking the eighth time this season Colorado has won in its final at-bat.

"They found a way to find the holes," Romo said following his third blown save this season. "I have no explanation for that other than it was their night. I felt fine. I needed a groundball and it didn't work out."

Up to that point, Weiss' team hadn't done much.

Tim Lincecum worked six solid innings for San Francisco. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner allowed three hits and two runs, retiring his final 10 batters.

Three relievers combined to shut out Colorado over the next two innings before Romo's collapse in the ninth.

Morneau finished with two hits, the only Rockies player with multiple hits.

De La Rosa struggled even before his back acted up.

He had to strike out Lincecum to escape a bases-loaded jam in the second, then gave up a leadoff double to Angel Pagan in the third. After Hunter Pence's RBI single, De La Rosa retired the next two batters but threw one pitch to Michael Morse before summoning team trainers and Weiss to the mound.

Umpires allowed De La Rosa to make a few warmup pitches before Morse hit a tying single.

Morse also doubled off Tommy Kahnle in the fifth, and Pence doubled and scored on a wild pitch by Chris Martin in the seventh.

Notes

C Rosario got hit in the face by a ball he fouled off that hit the ground and bounced straight up in the second inning. A team trainer came out to check on Rosario, who stayed in the game. ... Colorado RHP Christian Bergman (0-1) will make his second major-league start on Saturday. The rookie allowed two runs in six innings in his pro debut on Monday. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-3) pitches for San Francisco.

 
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Justin Morneau and the Rockies pull off a ninth-inning comeback with five runs to beat the Giants. (USATSI)
Justin Morneau and the Rockies pull off a ninth-inning comeback with five runs to beat the Giants. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Morneau
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

H. Pence
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF3100210 .295
Drew Stubbs, CF4010010 .317
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3010113 .356
   Charlie Culberson, PR-SS0100000 .205
Justin Morneau, 1B4122011 .295
Wilin Rosario, C4000012 .231
Corey Dickerson, LF3100100 .339
Josh Rutledge, 2B3000020 .333
   a-Ryan Wheeler, PH-3B1112000 .308
DJ LeMahieu, 3B-2B4111010 .265
Jorge De La Rosa, P1110000 .136
   Tommy Kahnle, P1000000 .000
   Chris Martin, P0000000 .000
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH1000010 .308
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   c-Michael McKenry, PH1011000 .278
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals3378649  
a-singled for Rutledge in the 9th
b-struck out for Martin in the 8th
c-singled for Belisle in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Justin Morneau 2 (42), Ryan Wheeler 2 (5), DJ LeMahieu (19), Michael McKenry (3)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau 2 (14)
CS - Charlie Blackmon (4, 2nd base by Kontos/H. Sanchez), Michael McKenry (1, 2nd base by Kontos/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Rutledge-Tulowitzki-Morneau
E - Tommy Kahnle (2, Throwing), Drew Stubbs (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa 3522230 4.12
Tommy Kahnle 3211150 1.98
Chris Martin 1211000 5.40
Matt Belisle (W,1-2) 1000020 5.00
LaTroy Hawkins (S,12) 1000010 3.13
IBB - Adrianza by Jorge De La Rosa
WP - Chris Martin (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 61-31, Tommy Kahnle 43-29, Chris Martin 22-14, Matt Belisle 10-8, LaTroy Hawkins 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 3-3, Tommy Kahnle 2-2, Chris Martin 2-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 16, Tommy Kahnle 12, Chris Martin 4, Matt Belisle 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4110111 .305
Hunter Pence, RF5221010 .296
Buster Posey, 1B4110001 .264
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4020001 .261
Michael Morse, LF3022101 .292
   Juan Perez, LF0000000 .167
   George Kontos, P0000000 .000
Hector Sanchez, C4010021 .225
Brandon Hicks, 2B4000034 .178
Ehire Adrianza, SS3000110 .175
Tim Lincecum, P2000023 .050
   a-Tyler Colvin, PH1000001 .250
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   Gregor Blanco, LF1000010 .248
Totals35493311  
a-flied out for Lincecum in the 6th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (14, De La Rosa), Hunter Pence (15, Martin), Michael Morse (18, Kahnle)
RBI - Hunter Pence (24), Michael Morse 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Morse 2 (25)
CS - Angel Pagan (3, 2nd base by Kahnle/Rosario)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Hector Sanchez (4)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum 6322260 4.81
Juan Gutierrez (H,9) 1.1000020 2.61
Jeremy Affeldt (H,10) 0.1000010 1.61
Jean Machi (H,9) 0.1000000 0.31
Sergio Romo (L,3-2; BS,3) 0.1455100 4.61
George Kontos 0.2100100 3.07
IBB - Dickerson by Sergio Romo
WP - Sergio Romo (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 100-62, Juan Gutierrez 19-12, Jeremy Affeldt 5-4, Jean Machi 2-1, Sergio Romo 21-14, George Kontos 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 5-7, Jean Machi 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 23, Juan Gutierrez 4, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Jean Machi 1, Sergio Romo 6, George Kontos 2
Game Information
Attendance - 41258
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Chris Segal, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Mark Wegner