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Rockies rally to beat Giants 14-11

Aug 23, 2009 - 5:09 AM DENVER(AP) -- Jim Tracy didn't recognize his team for the first 14 innings of its key series with San Francisco. Then the Rockies' offense showed up.

Ian Stewart and Todd Helton homered in Colorado's seven-run sixth inning and the Rockies rallied to beat the Giants 14-11 on Saturday night to take a two-game lead in the NL wild-card race.

Dexter Fowler tripled twice and Jorge De La Rosa pitched six innings for Colorado, which scored a combined 11 runs in the sixth and seventh to even the important four-game series with San Francisco at a game apiece.

"I know the type of baseball team we've had since the end of May, and for the first game and a half of the series it wasn't that team," Tracy said. "The last half of the game it is the team I've been managing."

Tracy said his team's sluggish play in Friday's 6-3 loss in the series opener was due, in part, to getting home at 4 a.m. after flying in from Washington.

"But at some point you have to realize, OK, that's enough rest, lets get back to work," he said.

It took a while, but Colorado's bats woke up. The Giants jumped out to a 6-1 advantage for the second straight game and led 6-3 before the Rockies sent 11 men to the plate in a wild sixth inning.

Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe led off with consecutive singles before Stewart tied it with his 19th homer. Justin Miller (2-2) relieved Joe Martinez and got Clint Barmes to pop out. But Yorvit Torrealba followed with a single to center and pinch-hitter Seth Smith tripled down the right-field line to give the Rockies the lead.

After Carlos Gonzalez walked, Smith was called out in a rundown and Gonzalez moved to second. Fowler tripled to right and scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-6.

Helton then hit Miller's 1-2 changeup into the second deck in right for his 12th homer and first since July 22.

"We haven't had too many meltdowns this year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Tonight we did. We couldn't stop the bleeding."

The Rockies scored four more in the seventh on Ryan Spilborghs' RBI single, two bases-loaded walks and a sacrifice fly by Tulowitzki.

"Something happened," Fowler said of the 11-run outburst. "I don't know if we were jet lagged or something, but it shows the team has a lot of character coming back from that."

Ryan Garko hit a pair of two-run shots for his first homers since the Giants acquired him from Cleveland on July 27. Nate Schierholtz and Aaron Rowand also went deep.

"I got some good pitches to hit and made the most of it," Garko said. "What difference does it make? We lost the game."

De La Rosa (12-8) allowed six runs and eight hits, struck out five and walked two.

"Sometimes you want to win games like we won today, but the most important thing is we're still in first place in the wild card," said De La Rosa, who has won 12 of his 15 starts since starting the season 0-6.

Garko connected in the eighth and Rowand followed with his 12th homer to make it 14-9. Pablo Sandoval hit two-run shot in the ninth but Huston Street came in and struck out Bengie Molina and Garko to end the game.

Randy Winn's RBI single gave the Giants a 6-1 lead in the fourth but the Rockies responded with two runs in the bottom half. Stewart had a sacrifice fly and Barmes singled in a run.

Martinez gave up six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.

"This is the biggest graveyard in the league," Martinez said. "You hope they hit the ball right at someone, but they didn't do that enough."

NOTES: The Rockies placed RHP Aaron Cook on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and purchased the contract of RHP Matt Herges from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez (sore left shoulder) sat out his fifth straight game. ... Tulowitzki returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game with flu-like symptoms.






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  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NL
    SAN FRANCISCO 11
    COLORADO 14 FINAL

    Aug 22 11:32 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY PABLO SANDOVAL (19) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 9TH OFF MATT HERGES SCORED TRAVIS ISHIKAWA.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 11, COLORADO 14
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: B MOLINA (.262, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Giants 11, Rockies 14  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 22 11:20 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY AARON ROWAND (12) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF MATT DALEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 9, COLORADO 14
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: N SCHIERHOLTZ (.299, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Giants 9, Rockies 14  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 22 10:56 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN GARKO (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF MATT DALEY SCORED PABLO SANDOVAL.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 8, COLORADO 14
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: A ROWAND (.281, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Giants 8, Rockies 14  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 22 10:55 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TROY TULOWITZKI SCORED CARLOS GONZALEZ
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, T HELTON ON FIRST, D FOWLER ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 14 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: B HAWPE (.304, 2-FOR-4)

    Giants 6, Rockies 14  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:46 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO TODD HELTON SCORED RYAN SPILBORGHS
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T HELTON ON FIRST, D FOWLER ON SECOND, C
    GONZALEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 13 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.277, 2-FOR-3, BB)

    Giants 6, Rockies 13  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:45 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO DEXTER FOWLER SCORED YORVIT TORREALBA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D FOWLER ON FIRST, C GONZALEZ ON SECOND, R
    SPILBORGHS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 12 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T HELTON (.322, 1-FOR-4, HR, 2 RBI)

    Giants 6, Rockies 12  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:38 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN SPILBORGHS SCORED CLINT BARMES
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R SPILBORGHS ON FIRST, Y TORREALBA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 11 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C GONZALEZ (.287, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Giants 6, Rockies 11  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 22 10:33 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TODD HELTON (12) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF JUSTIN MILLER.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6, COLORADO 10
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.277, 2-FOR-3)

    Giants 6, Rockies 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 22 10:06 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JUSTIN MILLER ALLOWED DEXTER FOWLER TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 9 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T HELTON (.320, 0-FOR-3, RBI)

    Giants 6, Rockies 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 22 10:05 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY DEXTER FOWLER SCORED CARLOS GONZALEZ
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, D FOWLER ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 8 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T HELTON (.320, 0-FOR-3, RBI)

    Giants 6, Rockies 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 22 10:03 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY SETH SMITH SCORED YORVIT TORREALBA
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, S SMITH ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 7 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C GONZALEZ (.287, 1-FOR-3)

    Giants 6, Rockies 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 22 9:55 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY IAN STEWART (19) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF JOE MARTINEZ SCORED BRAD HAWPE AND TROY
    TULOWITZKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6, COLORADO 6
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C BARMES (.251, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Giants 6, Rockies 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 22 9:47 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CLINT BARMES SCORED BRAD HAWPE
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C BARMES ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 3 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: Y TORREALBA (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Giants 6, Rockies 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 22 9:18 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY IAN STEWART SCORED TROY TULOWITZKI
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B HAWPE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 2 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C BARMES (.249, 0-FOR-1)

    Giants 6, Rockies 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 22 9:15 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RANDY WINN SCORED JOE MARTINEZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R WINN ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    COLORADO 1 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: E RENTERIA (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Giants 6, Rockies 1  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 22 9:08 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN GARKO (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF JORGE DE LA ROSA SCORED PABLO SANDOVAL.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 5, COLORADO 1
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: A ROWAND (.282, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Giants 5, Rockies 1  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 22 8:51 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (5) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 1 OUT IN THE 2ND OFF JORGE DE LA ROSA SCORED AARON
    ROWAND.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3, COLORADO 1
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J URIBE (.276, 6 HR, 28 RBI)

    Giants 3, Rockies 1  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 22 8:27 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AARON ROWAND SCORED BENGIE MOLINA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A ROWAND ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1
    COLORADO 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: N SCHIERHOLTZ (.298, 4 HR, 24 RBI)

    Giants 1, Rockies 1  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 22 8:26 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY TODD HELTON SCORED DEXTER FOWLER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    COLORADO 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.274, 23 HR, 66 RBI)

    Giants 0, Rockies 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 22 8:19 PM
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