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Bullpen fails Dereck Rodriguez as Giants drop series

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez delivers to home against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Reyes Moronta has come out of nowhere to become one of the best arms in the San Francisco Giants bullpen, but Tuesday was not his night, as he was charged with four runs in a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

A rare relief dud by Moronta victimized starter Dereck Rodriguez once again, who has gone  which he allowed just one run over six innings. The Giants have now lost four games in which Rodriguez has gone six or more innings, and allowed two or fewer runs.

Gorkys Hernandez homered for a second consecutive game to give the Giants a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh, but Moronta gave it right back by allowing a solo homer to pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon and leaving with the bases loaded. An infield hit by Charlie Blackmon and a D.J. LeMahieu walk got Colorado (76-62) rolling, and after a wild pitch, Nolan Arenado was intentionally walked to load the bases and create an opportunity for a force out.

That opportunity would come for Ty Blach, a Colorado native, but he would fail as he left a pitch over the heart of the plate which Gonzalez hammered for a triple, clearing the bases and putting the hosts in front. Another run came in when Sam Dyson walked Gerardo Parra with the bases loaded, giving more than enough of a cushion and spoiling what had been another excellent night for Rodriguez, whose only run surrendered came in the second inning on David Dahl’s ninth home run of the season.

The only time Rodriguez was really in trouble other than that second inning was in the first, when Charlie Blackmon led off with a single and Arenado walked. He responded by striking out Gonzalez and getting Trevor Story to bounce into an inning-ending force out. He had taken the mound that inning with the lead as Gregor Blanco led off with a single, stole second and scored on Joe Panik’s RBI single to put San Francisco (68-72) ahead.

Rockies starter German Marquez allwed two runs over 6 2/3 innings while striking out 11. Chris Rusin recorded the final out of the seventh and was credited with the win. Adam Ottavino took care of the eighth and Wade Davis, pitching in a non-save situation, finished off the game for the second straight day.

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