AT&T PARK — Once again, the San Francisco Giants found themselves unable to provide run support for Dereck Rodriguez, and the lack of offense cost them a sweep of the Colorado Rockies, as they dropped the finale of the three-game set 3-2.
Rodriguez allowed three runs in the second inning, two of which were unearned, but once again navigated six innings and three times through the order.
“He shouldn’t have given up a run that inning,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “The error and then a missed call to (Chris) Iannetta, he had him struck out.”
An error by Austin Slater allowed Carlos Gonzalez to reach, and after an Ian Desmond opposite-field single, Chris Iannetta walked on a contentious pitch. Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela followed with just his second hit of the season — a two-run line drive single to left. Charlie Blackmon walked, and a third run scored on DJ LeMahieu’s sac fly.
Starting with LeMahieu, Rodriguez set down the next 13 men in order, a streak that would finally end with a Gonzalez two-out single in the sixth. Desmond would follow with a hit of his own, and once he stole second, Iannetta was intentionally walked to load the bases. Rodriguez struck out Senzatela to keep Colorado (82-67) from breaking the game open.
“Another quality start,” said Bochy. “He uses all four pitches well with good command.”
Offensively, San Francisco (70-80) failed to do much, getting on the board in the sixth inning on a Chris Shaw RBI single and cutting the lead to one in the eighth on a blooper from Slater.
Shaw was certainly the bright spot of the Giants offense, with his first career multi-hit game. He entered the day on a 1-for-22 slide, but had two singles in four at-bats on Sunday. He sent a one-out opposite-field single to left in the second and knocked in Joe Panik with a single to right in the sixth.
“I know he’s been pressing a little bit,” said Bochy. “He got up there had a couple good hits.”
That single was the only damage the Giants could do against Scott Oberg, who came in with two men on and one out in the sixth. Senzatela had been cruising until Panik led off the sixth with a soft single to left, and Evan Longoria followed with a walk.
Lefty Chris Rusin struck out Brandon Crawford, and Oberg struck out Slater before Shaw got the hosts on the board. Oberg then got Aramis Garcia to ground out and took care of the seventh as well, striking out a pair of pinch-hitters in Alen Hanson and Hunter Pence before Gregor Blanco grounded out.
Rockies manager Bud Black called on Adam Ottavino for the eighth, and he allowed a leadoff walk to Panik, who came around to score on Slater’s two-out single. Shaw came up representing the go-ahead run, but his fly ball to left was caught by David Dahl to end the threat.
“He just missed that one,” Bochy said. “He looked a lot more relaxed today.”
It would be the closest the Giants could come to taking the lead. Wade Davis picked up his 40th save, striking out pinch-hitter Nick Hundley on a pair of calls that drew Hundley’s ire to end the game.