Rockies 9, Giants 8: Cuddyer homers twice

Michael Cuddyer hit a pair of home runs in the Rockies 9-8 win over the Giants. - Thearon W. Henderson

Michael Cuddyer's game-winning solo home run in the ninth inning propelled the Rockies to a 9-8 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Not all went as planned for the Rockies early, but they came back from a six-run deficit to take a 9-8 win over the Giants.

Jorge De La Rosa struggled in the first inning, allowing a double to Angel Pagan and walking Buster Posey before Hunter Pence hit a three-run home run to give the Giants an early lead. That lead was expanded when De La Rosa walked opposing pitcher Ryan Vogelsong in the second, who came around to score on Marco Scutaro's double, giving San Francisco a 4-0 lead. De La Rosa was removed after the second inning with thumb soreness.

Jeff Manship came on in relief of De La Rosa pitched a scoreless third inning, but allowed two more runs in the fourth thanks to run-scoring hits from Posey and Pence, extending the Giants lead to 6-0.

The Rockies began the comeback in the top of the fifth. Corey Dickerson and DJ LeMahieu each had RBI singles and both scored on Michael Cuddyer's three-run home run that cut the Rockies' deficit to 6-5. The Rockies took the lead in the sixth on Charlie Blackmon's RBI double and Ryan Wheeler's run-scoring single. LeMahieu's sacrifice fly in the eighth extended the Rockies lead to 8-6.

However, Wilton Lopez coughed up the lead in the bottom of the eighth, allowing a single to Scutaro and a double to Brandon Belt, both of whom scored on a single from Pence that tied the game, 8-8.

Cuddyer then led off the ninth with his second long ball of the game off of Sergio Romo, giving the Rockies the lead. Rex Brothers then slammed the door on the 9-8 Rockies win.

The rubber game of the series is tomorrow. Juan Nicasio will take the mound for the Rockies against Yusmerio Petit.

Source: FanGraphs

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