The Giants once again rallied late against the Colorado Rockies, but this time fell short in a 5-4 loss at AT&T Park on Tuesday.
San Francisco erased a 4-1 deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning, but pinch-hitter Marco Scutaro homered off Giants reliever Santiago Casilla to lead off the ninth to put Colorado ahead for good.
The Rockies scored their first four runs off Giants starter Tim Lincecum, who needed only 21 pitches to get through the first two innings, but ended up with a total of 122 after finishing the seventh. Fielding errors by Emmanuel Burriss, Angel Pagan and Buster Posey didn’t help the Giants’ efforts, though all four runs off Lincecum were earned.
Carlos Gonzalez had the first hit for the Rockies with a double in the fourth and scored on a single by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was visibly limping during much of the game after taking a foul ball off his leg while in the dugout during Monday’s game.
Tulowitzki would later hit a line drive to center field that got under Pagan’s glove and rolled to the wall, putting the Rockies slugger on third. He would later score on a double by Michael Cuddyer.
The Giants outfield provided the offense for the home team, with Gregor Blanco getting on base four times and scoring two runs, and Melky Cabrera driving in two with his ninth double of the season. Angel Pagan tied the game with a single to tie the game.
The hits by Cabrera and Pagan would be the only ones for the Giants with runners in scoring position, however, as they finished at 2-for-17 in those situations. They did draw 10 walks, including one intentional.
NOTES: Giants third baseman Joaquin Arias left the game with a left forearm contusion after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. X-rays came back negative.