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.