September 20, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (29) attempts a sacrifice bunt but the ball foes foul against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Rockies Vs. Giants: San Francisco Giants Sweep Colorado

The Colorado Rockies had nothing working for them in the Bay Area and dropped all four games to the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies are back home on Friday night.

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Rockies Vs. Giants Final Score: Giants Rough Up Jorge De La Rosa, Take 9-2 Win Over Colorado

The Giants got two home runs and four RBI from third baseman Pablo Sandoval as San Francisco blew out Colorado 9-2 Thursday at AT&T Park.

The Giants clubbed Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa in his first action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.

De La Rosa pitched 3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits, walking one and striking out one. He threw 70 pitches, 44 of them for strikes.

He had an RBI single in the fourth inning, which tied the game at two, but the Giants put six runs on the board in the bottom half of the inning – including Sandoval's three-run homer – to put the game out of reach.

Barry Zito pitched 5 innings, giving up two earned runs and surrendering 10 hits in the win.

The Giants lead the NL West by 9½ games.

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Jorge De La Rosa Roughed Up In First Start Since 2011

Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa got his first major league start for the Colorado Rockies since 2011, against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, and as expected, looked extremely rusty. After Tommy John surgery, De La Rosa was held out by the team for most of 2011 and a good chunk of 2012, finally being removed from the disabled list after a couple of rehab starts at the lower levels.

He wasn't expected to light AT&T Park up on Thursday afternoon, but got pretty roughed up before Jim Tracy finally pulled him out of the game.

De La Rosa's final stat line had him throwing 70 pitches in 3 innings, with 40 of them going for strikes. He allowed six runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout. The first three innings actually went alright for De La Rosa, allowing a single run in both the first and third. In the fourth inning, he lost it and allowed the Giants four more before getting yanked.

Currently in the sixth inning, Guillermo Moscoso is pitching for the Rockies as they try and overcome an 8-2 deficit.

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Jorge De La Rosa Activated From 60-Day DL

The Colorado Rockies have reinstated left-hander Jorge De La Rosa from the 60-day disabled list, according to a press release from the club.

De La Rosa, who has missed 263 games after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early 2011, will start today's game against the San Francisco Giants. Since joining the Rockies in 2008, the lefty has posted a 39-26 record with a 4.38 ERA in 91 appearances. Thursday's start will be his first appearance since May 24, 2011.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies moved 25-year-old right-hander Christian Friedrich to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster. Friedrich was placed on the 15-day DL on July 29 with a stress fracture in his lower back, after posting a 5-8 record and a 6.17 ERA in his first big-league season.

First pitch for today's Rockies vs. Giants game is slated for 1:45 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Jorge De La Rosa Set For 2012 Season Debut

The Colorado Rockies will hope the return of starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa can help them avoid a sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on Thursday afternoon.

De La Rosa will make his first appearance in a big league game since May 24, 2011, when an elbow injury he suffered ended up requiring Tommy John surgery.

Opposing him is San Francisco left-hander Barry Zito (12-8, 4.21 ERA), who has picked up wins in eight-straight decisions dating back to early August. His most recent came in a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he tossed 6⅔ innings, giving up six hits and only one earned run on Sept. 15.

Colorado is in the midst of a five-game losing skid, including the first three of this four-game set in San Francisco to the NL West division-leading Giants. Wednesday night's 7-1 loss saw the Rockies' bats get silenced by Giants ace Matt Cain, who only allowed one run in eight innings of work.

Game-time is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. MT and can be seen on ROOT Sports.

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Rockies Vs. Giants Game Recap: San Francisco Wins Game 3, 7-1

The Colorado Rockies lost their fifth straight game Wednesday, losing to the San Francisco Giants 7-1. The Giants have now won the first three games of the four-game series and extended their lead in the NL West to eight-and-a-half games.

San Francisco jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and the Rockies were never able to get much going against San Francisco starter Matt Cain. Cain allowed just one run on four hits over eight innings while also striking out eight.

Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood didn't fair nearly as well as Cain. Chatwood lasted four innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. The Giants got to Chatwood early with a three-run home run by Pablo Sandoval in the first inning. Chatwood's replacement, Adam Ottavino didn't fare any better, allowing three runs on four hits in his one inning of work.

DJ LeMahieu drove in the Rockies only run on a sacrifice fly while Chris Nelson and Charlie Blackmon each finished with two hits.

The two teams will meet for the final time this season on Thursday. San Francisco has won 13 of the 17 games against Colorado this year.

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Rockies Vs. Giants Starting Lineups: Carlos Gonzalez Batting Third

The Colorado Rockies have two more chances to get a win at AT&T Park, after losing the first two of a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is back in the lineup after pinch-hitting the ninth inning on Monday night and sitting out Tuesday against the Giants. Gonzalez will bat third, behind CF Dexter Fowler and SS Josh Rutledge.

Lineups for tonight:

Colorado

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Wilin Rosario (R) C
5. Tyler Colvin (L) 1B
6. Chris Nelson (R) 3B
7. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P

San Francisco

1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Matt Cain (R) P

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Chatwood Takes Mound Looking To End Slide In San Francisco

The Colorado Rockies have just two more games against the San Francisco Giants, their NL West Division rivals, in 2012. After losing the first two games of the final four game series in AT&T Park, Colorado needs a big starting pitching performance to have any hope of avoiding a series loss.

The Rockies send Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.65) to the mound. The youngest member of the starting rotation, Chatwood has been bounced around all season. He started 2012 in the bullpen, then moved down to AA Tulsa before returning to the Rockies' rotation in August. While Chatwood's season has been chaotic, he has enjoyed success against San Francisco in 2012. Through 11.1 innings this season against the Giants, Chatwood has allowed only two earned runs and turned in his best performance of the season on August 10 in San Francisco, a start that covered five shutout innings while allowing only three total hits.

The Giants will counter with their best (and most consistent) starter Matt Cain (14-5, 2.93), who has been absolutely dominant against Colorado for his career. Over 27 career starts, Cain has a 14-7 record with a 3.20 ERA. He has only faced the Rockies once in 2012, a dominant performance on August 11 where he pitched into the eighth inning, allowing only two earned runs.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:15pm MT. Broadcast will be available on ROOT and 850 KOA.

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Rockies Vs. Giants Final Score: Colorado Drops Game 2 To San Francisco, 6-3

The Colorado Rockies were unable to pull out a win for the fourth consecutive game on Tuesday night at San Francisco's AT&T Park, as the Giants used a dominant pitching performance from Tim Lincecum to snatch a 6-3 victory.

Colorado batters could only muster five hits through 6⅓ innings of shutout ball from Lincecum, but eventually rallied to make things respectable against a usually stout Giants bullpen. Although he has struggled mightily in 2012, Lincecum moved to 10-14 on the year and lowered his earned-run average to 4.91 with the performance, in addition to fanning at least six batters for the fourth straight outing.

Both Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson each put forth two-hit efforts to carry the Rockies' offense in the early going, while catcher Wilin Rosario stepped to the plate in the eighth and smacked a two-run shot to mark his 25th home run of the season. Nelson, who continues to swing one of the hottest bats in the majors at the moment, is now hitting .361 in the month of August with three home runs and 12 RBI.

Still with a chance to salvage a split in the four-game series, the Rockies plan to send 22-year-old prospect Tyler Chatwood to the hill on Wednesday to face San Francisco's Matt Cain in Game 3.

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Rockies Considering Mark Wiley For 'Director Of Pitching'

Being a member of the pitching staff in Colorado is never an easy task, and that goes for pitching coaches as well. Reportedly, the Rockies are going with a new plan involving a full front office position entirely based on pitchers getting put into place. According to CBS, they have been eying Florida Marlins assistant Mark Wiley as a possible 'Director of Pitching':

The new plan is to hire a Director of Pitching, and hand him responsibility and authority over all parts of the organization, from scouting and drafting, through development, and all the way to bringing pitchers to the major leagues.

Wiley has worked for the Rockies before, acting as a special assistant to the club in 2006/2007. Since then, he has been a member of the Marlins organization in several different positions.

If Wiley comes back to Colorado to work the pitching, he will have his work cut out for him. The staff currently sits at the bottom of the MLB barrel with a 5.19 ERA collectively.

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Jeff Francis Looks For Success On The Road

The Colorado Rockies look to bounce back from a series-opening loss when they face the San Francisco Giants in AT&T Park on Tuesday night. The Rockies received five solid innings from starter Jhoulys Chacin and good bullpen work, but couldn't get the bats going in a 2-1 loss on Monday.

Jeff Francis take the mound for the Rockies with a 5-5 record and a 5.68 ERA. The veteran left-hander has fared far better in his starts on the road, with a 4.11 ERA away from the thin air of Coors Field. Francis faced the Giants in his last start, giving up five runs in just three innings while taking a loss at home.

The Giants send Tim Lincecum to the hill on Tuesday. The two-time Cy Young winner has not been the same pitcher as years past , going 9-14 with a 5.09 ERA in 2012. Lincecum's season has taken a turn for the better lately, as he has gone more than six innings and given up three runs or less in each of his three September starts.

First pitch is set for 8:15 MT. The game will be televised on ROOT Sports and MLB Network.

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Colorado Falls 2-1 To San Francisco

Jhoulys Chacin put together a solid pitching performance on Monday night, but the Colorado Rockies offense couldn't put up enough to get him the win as they fell 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants.

Chacin went a full five innings and struck out two while allowing only a single run on five hits, but Madison Bumgarner did even better. The Giants' young lefty struck out six Rockies and only allowed four hits, the only run off of him coming from an RBI triple to center field by Josh Rutledge.

Guillermo Moscoso came in to relieve Chacin in the sixth and allowed a second run for San Francisco, which would end the scoring for the evening. After Bumgarner left the game, the Rockies never got another hit.

Colorado will take on the Giants in game two of the series on Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. MT. Jeff Francis is slated to take on Tim Lincecum on Tuesday night.

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Monday's Starting Lineups

The Colorado Rockies open a four-game road series tonight against the San Francisco Giants, after dropping two of three games in San Diego.

Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.86 ERA) takes the hill for the Rockies, who lost two of three against the Giants at home last week. He will face Madison Bumgarner (14-10, 3.32 ERA), who has given up at least four earned runs in each of his last four starts for the Giants.

Here is how the rest of the lineups shape up for tonight:

COLORADO ROCKIES (58-87)

1. Dexter Fowler CF (.307)
2. Josh Rutledge SS (.291)
3. Jordan Pacheco 1B (.301)
4. Wilin Rosario C (.259)
5. Chris Nelson 3B (.294)
6. Andrew Brown LF (.242)
7. Matt McBride RF (.184)
8. DJ LeMahieu 2B (.275)
9. Jhoulys Chacin P (2-5, 4.86 ERA)

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (83-63)

1. Angel Pagan CF (.291)
2. Marco Scutaro 2B (.346)
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B (.275)
4. Buster Posey C (.333)
5. Hunter Pence RF (.230)
6. Brandon Belt 1B (.271)
7. Xavier Nady LF (.333)
8. Brandon Crawford SS (.246)
9. Madison Bumgarner P (14-10, 3.32 ERA)

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Jhoulys Chacin, Madison Bumgarner Duel In Bay Area

The Colorado Rockies head to San Francisco for a four-game series against the Giants.

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