Belt, Bumgarner go deep as Giants add to lead in NL West race

Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesRole reversal: Madison Bumgarner struggled on the mound

Brandon Belt homered and drove in a season-high four runs while Madison Bumgarner added a three-run blast as the visiting Giants withstood a late comeback attempt to even their three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at one win apiece after a 9-8 victory Tuesday.

With the Rockies leading 4-0, Belt began the Giants’ comeback with an RBI groundout in the fourth inning. Three batters later, Bumgarner belted his second home run of the season to knot the contest.

Belt put San Francisco ahead for good in the fifth with a two-run double and launched a two-out solo shot in the seventh for a 9-5 lead. Belt has collected 12 RBIs in his last nine contests for the Giants, who increased their lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West to six games.

Carlos Gonzalez had an RBI single in the eighth and pinch hitter Tyler Colvin hit a two-out, two-run homer off Sergio Romo in the ninth to get Colorado within a run. Javier Lopez came on to retire pinch hitter Jason Giambi and notch his seventh save.

George Kontos (2-1) notched the win in relief of Bumgarner, who was tagged for five runs and 11 hits in 
4¹⁄³ innings. Kontos struck out both of the batters he faced.

Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson each recorded an RBI and three of the 17 hits by the Rockies, who have lost seven of nine.

NOTES: Ceremonies honoring military, law enforcement and emergency response personnel that included a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 took place before the game. … San Francisco right-hander Clay Hensley was activated from the disabled list prior to the game. Hensley had been sidelined since Aug. 27 with a strained right groin. — SportsDirect via Reuters

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