Rockies Sweep Giants With Comeback Victory On Tuesday Afternoon

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez Delivers Second Game-Winning Hit To Defeat San Francisco, 5-3

The Colorado Rockies moved back into first place in the NL West on Tuesday afternoon when they completed a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants, who held a 1.5 game lead entering the series. The Rockies completed a two-game sweep with the win as well.

After a Troy Tulowitzki home run (11) in the second inning, the Rockies offense put zeros on the board until the eighth inning. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez allowed back-to-back singled by Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta to start the inning. Rockies manager Jim Tracy sent Alfredo Amezaga out to pinch-bunt, and he did just that. The runners moved over, but Amezaga also wound up safe at first because Sanchez threw the ball away from first base.

Dexter Fowler hit a deep ball to center field that took a bounce over the outfield wall, limiting the Rockies to just one run. After a Jonathan Herrera ground out, Carlos Gonzalez delivered the game-winning blow for a second straight game with a two-run single to right field.

Ubaldo Jimenez, though still not reaching the high-90s, showed marked improvement. He finally completed seven innings of pitching this season and allowed just three run. Unlike his previous starts, Jimenez controlled his pitches, struck out seven and walked just one batter. But he'll need to wait for his first win.

Huston Street picked up his 14th save as the Rockies (22-18) picked up their first win this season after trailing while enter the seventh inning.

The Rockies start a two-game series on the road with the Philadelphia Phillies this Wednesday.

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez Still Looking For 1st Win

If they want to get out of their recent malaise, the Colorado Rockies will need to take the second game of this two-game series with the San Francisco Giants. On Monday night, Giants starter Tim Lincecum looked all too human when he allowed six walks and seven runs (including two home runs) in 5.2 innings.

Carlos Gonzalez's three-run home run and Troy Tulowitzki's two-run double led the offense, and the Rockies will need both of them to keep it up in Tuesday's game against Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez had an April 19 start against the Rockies at Coors Field and held them to three runs on two hits in 6.1 innings. In his last two starts, Sanchez has gone 1-1, allowed eight runs in 11 innings, walked eight and struck out 13.

Ubaldo Jimenez will duel Sanchez in a rematch of that April 19 contest. Jimenez was knocked around for four runs in the first inning of that game, his first start of the disabled list. Since then, Jimenez has struggled in most of his starts, especially with controlling walks. In 23.2 innings since his return, Jimenez has struck out 29 batters but walked 21 as well. In his May 12 start, Jimenez lasted just 3.2 innings after he allowed five runs in six walks and three hits. Can he pick up his first win on his seventh try?

First pitch for this game is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. MT.

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez Home Run Gives Rockies Lead, Ultimately 7-4 Victory

Tim Lincecum wasn't his usual self on Monday night and it showed in the Colorado Rockies' 7-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Carlos Gonzalez three-run home run (5) in the sixth inning proved to be the decisive play of the game.

But before the Gonzalez could deliver the magic, the Rockies needed to mount a comeback two separate times. The Giants scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch by Clayton Mortensen (Miguel Tejada started the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice before scoring). Two innings later in the bottom of the fifth, Clayton Moretensen worked a walk to start the inning and moved to second on a Dexter Fowler single. After a Carlos Gonzalez walk, Tulowitzki laced the ball up center field to plate two runs for the 2-1 lead. However, momentum stalled when Carlos Gonzalez recorded the second out of the inning at third base, which he attempted to steal.

Mortensen was still in the game for the sixth inning, but gave up a leadoff home run to Andres Torres for the tie. With two outs, Nate Schierholtz knocked a ball out of the park for two runs and a 4-2 lead. But now it was Lincecum's turn to be hit upon. Seth Smith started the inning with a homer (4), and Jose Lopez singled and moved to second on a Lincecum throwing error. Dexter Fowler eventually singled in a run before a Jonathan Herrera base knock set the stage for Gonzalez's three-run home run for the 7-4 lead.

Lincecum (3-4) went just 5.2 innings and allowed seven runs (three earned) on nine hits and six walks. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 21 before Tulowitzki's two-run single in the fifth. Mortensen picked up his first win in 2011 and his first one as a Rockies pitcher. He went six innings and allowed all four runs. Matt Belisle, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Lindstrom and Huston Street were all used to close out the win. Street now had 13 saves.

The series concludes Tuesday afternoon with Jonathan Sanchez and Ubaldo Jimenez toeing the rubber. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. MT.

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Giants Vs. Rockies: Slumping Colorado Faces Division-Leading San Francisco

The Colorado Rockies enter this two-game series with the San Francisco Giants on the downswing. They are losers of their last five series and saw the bullpen blow leads late in the last two games with the San Diego Padres. They now are 1.5 games behind the Giants for the division lead.

But a mini-sweep of the team by the bay could put the Rockies back in first with a slight one-half game lead. On the other hand, a sweep by the Giants would put the Rockies 3.5 games behind them. It won't be an easy task for the Rockies, as they will face Tim Lincecum in Monday's game as a result of the postponed Giants game on Sunday.

The last time the Rockies saw Tim Lincecum was on April 18, when he kept the Rockies down for 7.2 innings. He allowed one run and struck out 10. It was the start of a strong of opposing pitcher performances that kept the Rockies hitless late into games (though a no-hitter never occurred). Lincecum's riding two strong performances in which he combined for 21 strikeouts and zero runs in 15 innings.

Clayton Mortensen will take another turn in the rotation with Esmil Rogers out with a shoulder injury. This will be his second start, but his fifth overall appearance. On Thursday, Mortensen relieved Ubaldo Jimenez, but he needed just 24 pitches to get through 2.1 innings. He had started in a 3-2 loss to the Giants on the road in his previous game. Despite four walks, he kept the Rockies in the game after giving up both runs.

Expected Pitching Matchups
Monday, May 16, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT
Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Mortensen

Tuesday, May 17, 1:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Jonathan Sanchez vs. Ubaldo Jimenez

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