The San Francisco Giants scored single runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings, then added 2 to answer a 2-run Wilin Rosario home-run in the eighth to defeat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Tuesday night at a chilled-out AT+T Park in San Francisco. Right-hander Tim Lincecum pitched 6 1/3 innings of shut-out ball to earn his 10th victory of 2012.
Lefty Jeff Francis started for Colorado. He lasted 5, surrendering 2 runs on 6 hits, throwing 78 pitches, 53 strikes. With 2-out in the second Giants catcher Hector Sanchez doubled to left and scored when Xavier Nady followed with a single. Former Rockie Marco Scutaro singled with 1-out in the third, advanced to 3rd on a Pablo Sandoval double, and scored on a sacrifice fly by right-fielder Hunter Pence.
Carlos Torres followed Francis to the mound for the Rockies and allowed the 3rd San Francisco run before recording an out. He walked Pence leading-off. Sanchez, who was 2 for 4, singled Pence to 3rd, and he scored when Nady singled. Torres retired the next three.
Colorado had a big chance in the top of the seventh when Tyler Colvin reached leading-off on catcher’s interference, Chris Nelson singled, and pinch-hitting Josh Rutledge singled after DJ LeMahieu struck-out to load the bases. Rockies MFL Jim Tracy turned to the dangerous Jason Giambi, but the feared slugger tapped a grounder that had a little viral-syndrome on it to Scutaro, who started a 4-6-3 double-play. Josh Roenicke handled the seventh for Colorado. Scutaro scored on a wild-pitch after leading-off with a single and moving to third on a walk to Buster Posey and a ground-out from Pence.
Rosario homered with 2-out in the eighth and Jordan Pacheco, 2 for 3 with a run-scored, on with a walk. The Giants answered against Josh Outman when Gregor Blanco, in for Nady on defense, served a forehand-lob double over the infield onto the 3rd-base line and scored 2-outs later on an Angel Pagan triple. Pagan came home on the last of Scutaro’s three hits. Colorado added a run in the ninth when pinch-hitter Matt Mc Bride singled-in LeMahieu, who had doubled and moved to third on a Rutledge ground-out.
All three Rockies named Josh saw action in the 3-hour, 2-minute dragger. The penultimate contest in the two teams’ 2012 slate occurs Wednesday in the China Basin, game time once again at 8:15. Tyler Chatwood will face SF’s Matt Cain.