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MLB Standings Update: Rockies Improve In NL West Race As Giants Drop Four Straight

Before running into Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Sunday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies were on a four-game winning streak and were able to gain ground on the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. While the Rockies took two of three from the Tigers over the weekend, the Giants were swept by their Bay Area rival, the Oakland Athletics, in a three-game set. Combined that sweep with a loss on Thursday to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants now hold just a half a game lead over the D'Backs and a 3.5 game lead over the Rockies.

With interleague play still raging, the Rockies have plenty of opportunities to move back up in the standings. However, they will have a tall task ahead of them: trips to Cleveland and New York this week. The Rockies are 1-5 all-time against the Indians at Progressive Field. In their lone trip to Old Yankee Stadium (2004), the Rockies dropped all three games.

Time for history to change, right?

NL West Standings:

NL West Standings

San Francisco 39 33 .541 0 Lost 4
Arizona 39 34 .534 0.5 Lost 2
Colorado 35 36 .492 3.5 Lost 1
Los Angeles 32 41 .438 7.5 Won 1
San Diego 30 43 .410 9.5 Lost 5

(updated 6.20.2011 at 10:14 AM EDT)