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Giants Beat Rockies, Shave Magic Number to Eight

(Sept. 18, 2012) -- Giants starter Madison Bumgarner ended a four-game skid by lasting six innings, and Hunter Pence again delivered a key hit Monday night as the Giants outlasted the Colorado Rockies, 2-1, at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

The National League West-leading Giants climbed to eight games ahead of idle Los Angeles in the division race. San Francisco also trimmed its magic number for clinching the division title to eight. Any combination of Giants' victories and Dodgers' defeats equaling eight will seal San Francisco's second West title in three years.

 

Bumgarner (15-10) became the first Giants left-hander to win as many as 15 games since Shawn Estes in 2000. Bumgarner overcame issuing a career-high five walks by yielding just four hits and holding the Rockies hitless in their first six at-bats with runners in scoring position.

 

The Giants opened the scoring in the third inning. Brandon Crawford launched a drive that looked like it would clear the center-field wall yet caromed back into play when it struck the top of the barrier. Crawford legged out a triple and scored on Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario's passed ball.

 

Colorado pulled even in the fifth inning as pitcher Jhoulys Chacin doubled with one out and scored on Josh Rutledge's two-out triple.

 

San Francisco broke the tie against reliever Guillermo Moscoso (3-2) by beginning the sixth inning with consecutive singles from Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Pence, who collected his 35th RBI in 44 games with the Giants. It also was Pence's 27th go-ahead RBI of the season.

The teams will face off for game two at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Right-hander Tim Lincecum (9-14, 5.09 ERA) will take the mound for the Giants against lefty Jeff Francis (5-5, 5.68 ERA) for the Rockies.