Madison Bumgarner no-hit the Colorado Rockies for 5 1/3 innings Thursday afternoon, and Colorado’s Dexter Fowler sabotaged the Rockies with a nonchalant drop of Ryan Theriot’s can-o-corn pop-up leading off the sixth inning, as the San Francisco Giants defeated Colorado 4-2 to take 2 out of 3 games in the teams’ first series of 2012 at Coors Field. Colorado’s Jamie Moyer, in his second bid to become the oldest pitcher to win a major league game, went 5 2/3, surrendering 4 runs (2 earned), as the Rockies record dropped to 2-4.
The Giants opened the scoring in the third on consecutive singles by Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Brett Pill. San Francisco added a run in the fourth as Brandon Crawford singled leading off, moved-up on a swinging bunt by Angel Pagan, and scored on Melky Cabrera’s ground-single to center field.
Theriot lifted a lazy fly to shallow right center leading off the sixth. Fowler sauntered to his left, and show-boating aggressively, muffed a basket catch as right fielder Michael Cuddyer watched helplessly a dozen feet away. Theriot coasted into second base. Moyer retired the next two, getting Crawford on a grounder back to the mound and striking out Bumgarner, but Pagan singled-home Theriot with a liner to left, advancing to second on the throw to the plate. Melky Cabrera then doubled-home Pagan, ending the day for Jamie Moyer. Esmil Rogers came-on and struck-out Sandoval to close-out the inning.
Colorado got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a Tyler Colvin triple and Fowler’s single to left. Bumgarner continued into the eighth, relieved by Sergio Romo with one out and Colorado’s Chris Nelson, who singled, on first. Former Rockie Javier Lopez ended the minor Colorado threat after Romo walked Fowler with two outs, getting Carlos Gonzalez on a grounder to second.
The Rockies made it interesting in the ninth. Troy Tulowitzski doubled, and Cuddyer and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi singled to load the bases. San Francisco closer Brian Wilson, on to start the inning, walked Tyler Colvin to force-in Colorado’s second run. Wilson appeared to tweak his ankle on the second pitch to Colvin prompting a visit to the mound from Giants manager Bruce Bochy, but stayed-on to retire Todd Helton on a line drive to second baseman Emmanuel Burris and Marco Scuttaro on a fly to right-fielder Nate Schierholtz, the right-hander notching his first save of 2012.
Colorado rested Helton defensively for the day-after-night affair, Jordan Pacheco and Colvin filling-in at first base. Wilin Rosario caught Moyer and went hitless in four at-bats.
The defending National League West champion Arizona Diamondbacks make their first 2012 appearance at Coors Field tonight in the opener of a three-game series, with Daniel Hudson (1-0, 5.40) to face the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio (0-0, 1.29) in his first appearance at Coors since the August 5, 2011 line-shot off the bat of Washington’s Ian Desmond nearly ended Nicasio’s life. First pitch is at 6:40 pm, with television coverage on Root Sports and radio on KOA.