Colorado Rockies, Chris Rusin Lose 3-2 On Three Giants’ Solo Home Runs


Jun 28, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder

Gregor Blanco

(7), Giants center fielder

Angel Pagan

(16) and Giants right fielder

Justin Maxwell

(43) celebrate after defeating Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. San Francisco Giants won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants met Saturday at AT&T Park for the penultimate game of the 2015 season.

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The Colorado Rockies were held in check by Jake Peavy, and despite Rockies’ pitching allowing just five hits in the game, three solo home runs would do them in, as the San Francisco Giants won 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.

The Giants immediately opened the bottom of the first inning with two runs off Rockies’ starter Chris Rusin, and both were on home runs — albeit of two different varieties. It started when Kelby Tomlinson hit an inside-the-park home run to right center field, and two batters later, Marlon Byrd hit a traditional solo home run to dead center to make it 2-0 in favor of the Giants.

Rusin would settle down though, and all things considered, he had a very good start — but the Rockies couldn’t do enough off Giants’ starter Jake Peavy to give Rusin the run support to win the game.

The Giants put up their third run in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Brandon Crawford slugged a solo homer off Rusin, making the game 3-0, and as the Rockies would later learn, giving San Francisco enough to breathe for the rest of the day.

The Rockies did get two runs back, to their credit. It started in the top of the fifth, when Ben Paulsen hit a solo home run off Peavy to make it a 3-1 game. And then, in the bottom of the sixth while facing Josh Osich, Justin Morneau grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Corey Dickerson and bring the game to within a run.

The Giants’ bullpen did their job beyond that point, though, and the Colorado Rockies were held scoreless for the final three innings of the game. In all, Chris Rusin — who took his tenth loss of the year — went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four batters.

The Rockies and Giants will return to action Sunday afternoon at 1:05 pm MT for the final game of the 2015 season.

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