Rockies lose 5-4 to Giants in extra innings
DENVER — More often than not, the Colorado Rockies win when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez homer in the same game.
Not this time, and a bunt of all things made the difference.
Nori Aoki scored from third on Joe Panik’s bunt down the first base line in the 11th inning, lifting the Giants to a 5-4 victory Saturday night.
Aoki reached on a leadoff walk, his fourth walk of the night, from Brooks Brown (0-1) and was sacrificed to second. Angel Pagan followed with a single to center, but Drew Stubbs’ strong throw forced Aoki to hold up.
Panik then had a well-placed bunt down the line that allowed Aoki to break for the plate, and he slid in just ahead of the throw home.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said first baseman Justin Morneau fielded the bunt cleanly and quickly.
“He must have got a good jump because the ball was bunted hard,” Weiss said. “(Morneau) made a good throw. The guy just beat the throw.”
Jean Machi (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win, which snapped a five-game losing streak to the Rockies dating to last season. San Francisco has never lost six in a row to Colorado, which dropped to 11-8 in games in which Tulowitzki and Gonzalez both homer.
Justin Maxwell and Andrew Susac went deep for San Francisco, and Buster Posey had an RBI double in the first.
With the game tied at 2, Posey singled ahead of Maxwell’s sixth-inning drive off Scott Oberg that umpires initially ruled had not gone out of the ballpark. But a replay review, initiated by crew chief John Hirschbeck, showed the ball clearly bounced off the topping beyond the yellow line atop the right field scoreboard before going into the seats for Maxwell’s third homer of the season.
Tulowitzki hit his 100th career home run at Coors leading off the third, and Charlie Blackmon had a run-scoring single in the second.
The Rockies closed to 4-3 on Gonzalez’s homer off Tim Hudson in the sixth before tying it in the ninth.
“When you hit solo homers you can live with that,” Weiss said. “That’s what happened for the Giants. We hit a couple homers but nobody on. Big part of that has to do with Hudson’s command.”
Jeremy Affeldt retired Gonzalez on a comebacker and then was relieved by closer Santiago Casilla in the ninth. Nick Hundley and DJ LeMahieu hit successive singles, putting runners at the corners.
Hundley scored the tying run from third on Stubbs’ fielder’s choice in which Matt Duffy tagged out LeMahieu as he broke for second, leading to Casilla’s first blown save in six chances this season.
Stubbs was tagged out trying to steal second when he slid and rolled off the bag, ending the inning.
“He ended up coming off the base, just a hard slide and went past the base,” Weiss said.
Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, coming off his season debut in which he went two innings and allowed nine runs, improved markedly. He allowed two runs and four hits over five innings with seven strikeouts.
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