Bruce Bochy let Tim Lincecum pitch to one batter too many.
With the score tied 4-4 Monday night and lefty Jeremy Affeldt warm in the bullpen, the Rockies sent lefty-swinging Carlos Gonzalez to the plate, and Bochy stuck with his ace with two outs in the sixth inning.
Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, and the Rockies won 7-4.
"I felt Timmy still had stuff. Threw a couple there at 94 (mph). Hey, he made a mistake with two strikes. If I'm the starting pitcher there, I want a chance there in a tight ballgame."
Lincecum's pitch to Gonzalez was his last.
Bochy said another reason he left Lincecum in the game is because he had an extra day's rest. Lincecum was supposed to pitch Sunday in Chicago, but the game was postponed because of rain.
Lincecum had one of his worst career lines: seven runs (though only three were earned) on nine hits and six walks (tying a career high) in 5 2/3 innings and also committed an error. The previous time Lincecum pitched in Coors Field, April 18, he gave up three hits in 7 2/3 innings.
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