Arenado lined a two-run double off the top of the wall in left
field with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Colorado Rockies
a 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.
"He'd been struggling a little bit," Tulowitzki said. "I think he
was 0-for-2 to begin this game. I was telling him he was going to
get a big hit and to just stick with himself."
Arenado's initial two hitless at-bats left him in an 0-for-15 slump.
He bounced back in a big way. He singled in the sixth, singled again
in the seventh and then doubled in the ninth on a 3-2 slider from
Sergio Romo, the seventh pitch from the Giants closer, who is
15-for-17 in save opportunities.
"Luckily enough, you know, he hung one, kind of middle-in, I guess,"
Arenado said. "And I just put a good swing on it."
The victory cut the Giants' lead over the Rockies to two games in
the National League West. It was the Rockies' second consecutive
walk-off victory. First baseman Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer
Sunday to beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 in 10 innings.
The Giants took a 4-3 lead in the ninth when left fielder Tyler
Colvin lined a run-scoring double to left with two outs off Colorado
closer LaTroy Hawkins. Colvin's hit scored second baseman Brandon
Hicks, who singled with one out.
Hawkins (2-0) ended up the winning pitcher thanks to the Rockies'
The Rockies' game-winning rally began when pinch hitter Morneau led
off with a six-pitch walk after being down 1-2 in the count. Morneau
was forced at second on Tulowitzki's one-out, broken-bat grounder.
Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez singled off the glove of shortstop
Brandon Crawford, who was shifted to the right side of second base,
and Tulowitzki advanced to third. Gonzalez's hit set the stage for
Arenado's confrontation with Romo (3-1).
"It was a great at-bat against one of the tougher right-handers in
the game," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Arenado came out for early work over the weekend with Rockies
hitting coach Blake Doyle to try to escape his slump. He even hit
balls off a tee outside at one point, a drill typically confined to
the indoor batting cage. Doyle wasn't overly worried about Arenado,
who set a franchise record with a 28-game hitting streak earlier
this season, the longest in the majors this season.
"The only thing that I asked him to do is not to tinker with his
swing," Doyle said. "The swing was fine. Let the ball travel, and
the results will come."
Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales allowed three runs in six
innings, as did Madison Bumgarner, his left-handed counterpart for
the Giants. Bumgarner extended to 18 his streak of road starts in
which he allowed three or fewer runs, a franchise record by a Giants
starting pitcher since earned runs became an official statistic in
the National League in 1912. He was tied with Ed Whitson, whose run
of 17 consecutive road starts with three or fewer runs allowed went
from May 11, 1980-May 6, 1981.
An overturned call in the fifth helped the Giants break through
against Morales and overcome a 1-0 deficit.
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After a one-out single by Crawford, Colvin lined a ball down the
left field line that was called foul. Replays showed a puff of chalk
rising from the foul line, and Colvin was awarded a double after a
review that lasted 2 minutes, 45 seconds. It took that long while
the umpires in New York decided that Crawford had to stay at third
and could not be awarded home.
That decision became moot when center fielder Gregor Blanco rifled a
two-run triple over the head of center fielder Drew Stubbs. The
Giants made it 3-1 on right fielder Hunter Pence's grounder that
Tulowitzki couldn't handle. It was originally ruled an error but
later changed to a hit.
Catcher Wilin Rosario's two-out double in the fourth scored the
first run of the game, and his two-run homer in the sixth tied the
game at 3.
The Giants won the first game in each of their previous five series,
and they were poised to make it six when Colvin gave Romo a lead.
"He had pretty good stuff," manager Bruce Bochy said of Romo. "You
look at the inning. They just barely get a walk there on a 3-2
count. It's a game of inches, man. I thought we had a shot at (a
double play on) Tulowitzki; we didn't turn it. Then the ball that
Gonzalez hit, it might have nicked Crawford's glove. Then they threw
out a good at-bat there to win the ballgame. You're a strike away,
and the last pitch, he just got up."
NOTES: Rockies RF/1B Michael Cuddyer (left hamstring strain) was
reinstated from the disabled list and played for the first time
since April 17. He went 0-for-4. To make room on the roster, RHP
Chris Martin was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Giants
CF Angel Pagan did not play for the second consecutive game due to a
sprained AC joint in his left shoulder that he sustained Saturday.
He is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday. ... Giants C Buster
Posey, who suffered lower-back nerve irritation on a swing Sunday,
did not play Tuesday, though he was available to pinch-hit.
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