Marco Scutaro entered Tuesday night's game with zero home runs on the season. After he launched a ball into left field in the top of the ninth, he finally had his first home run with the Rockies. And it gave Colorado a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants, ending a four-game losing streak.
Now, the Rockies likely shouldn't have ever reached the point where they needed a hit of that magnitude, but the bullpen faltered once again. With a 4-1 cushion, Josh Outman began the seventh inning by walking the first two batters he faced. After striking out Brandon Belt, Melky Cabrera unleashed a double into right field to score the two runners. Matt Belisle relieved him and picked up the second out on a Buster Posey grounder. However, Angel Pagan struck for an RBI single to tie the game.
The Rockies did get to Tim Lincecum (ND, 5.77 ERA) for four runs. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each hit RBI singles while Jordan Pacheco had a sacrifice fly. Michael Cuddyer double in the other run.
Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie (ND, 4.85 ERA) did well by allowing an unearned in 5.1 innings, but he did wind up with four of the team's 10 walks.
The Rockies (14-21, 6-11 away) are back on Coors Field on Wednesday to start a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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