Rockies 5, Giants 4: Rockies give Giants a taste of their own medicine.

Ezra Shaw

Sergio Romo blew his second straight save, and third of the season against the Rockies as Brandon Barnes served up some karmic justice in the ninth inning to get Colorado a series win in San Francisco.

Remember this game? Of course you do, we all do, it was miserable.

Well, guess what? Brandon Barnes just returned the favor in kind.

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With the Rockies down 4-3 with two outs in the top of the ninth and Charlie Blackmon on first, Barnes ripped a line drive to right-center against Giants closer Sergio Romo that slipped past center fielder Angel Pagan and rolled all the way to the wall as the speedy outfielder raced around the bases for a two-run, inside-the-park home run to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead.

However the drama was not over, with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Josh Rutledge crashed into Charlie Culberson as they both attempted to catch Hector Sanchez's pop up, allowing the ball to drop and putting a man on first for Angel Pagan. On a 2-2 pitch, LaTroy Hawkins got Pagan to ground the ball to Rutledge who started a 4-6-3 double play as it was called on the field, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the out call at first. After a lengthy replay review the call was upheld and the Rockies had their second straight come-from-behind win.

Not only did the win secure a series win in San Francisco for the first time since June 2010, it was also the Rockies' fourth in a row after a 3-15 stretch of games in late May and early June. The win also came with the lineup missing Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario and with Christian Bergman, the ninth different starter the Rockies used this season on the mound. It also marked the fifth loss in six games, all at home, for the division-leading Giants.

The Giants did strike first in the bottom of the first when Hunter Pence hit a solo home run off Bergman that a fan may or may not have interfered with. It was Pence's ninth home run of the season.

Colorado answered back in the top of the second against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong when Ryan Wheeler, playing in Arenado's place, doubled home Michael McKenry, who started for Rosario. Wheeler scored later the inning on Charlie Blackmon's base hit, giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead. They added another run in the third thanks to back-to-back doubles from Justin Morneau and Rutledge.

The Giants played long ball against Bergman again in the fifth when Buster Posey hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot that tied the game at three.

Bergman left the game after six innings of work, allowing three runs, all earned, on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Whatever you think about the quality start stat, Bergman has two of them in his first two big league outings, which isn't bad at all.

Adam Ottavino entered the game to pitch the eighth, giving up singles to Pagan and Pence and a sacrifice fly to Posey that gave the Giants the 4-3 lead they would cough up in the ninth.

The Rockies now have the rarest of chances to bust out the brooms at AT&T Park when Juan Nicasio faces Madison Bumgarner at 2:05 mountain time tomorrow.


Source: FanGraphs

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