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Sport Giants lose 5-4 to Rockies, miss chance in NL wild-card race

04:01  25 september  2020
04:01  25 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon made a spectacular catch in foul territory in the fourth. Longoria and Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford also made a handful of standout plays, most OF Mike Yastrzemski, who had missed five straight games with a mild right calf strain, was going to go

The Giants (28-27) have won three of four and are percentage points ahead of Cincinnati for the first of two NL wild cards . Dubón’s homer on Almonte’s second pitch came just after Rockies manager Bud Black pulled starter Ryan Castellani following walks to Belt and Longoria.

a group of people in front of a crowd posing for the camera: San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford waits to bait against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) © APWF San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford waits to bait against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Colorado Rockies are determined to do anything to stay in a crowded National League playoff race.

The San Francisco Giants know they can't miss any more opportunities with the powerful Padres coming to town to close out the season.

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The Giants (28-27) have won three of four and are percentage points ahead of Cincinnati for the first of two NL wild cards . Dubón’s homer on Almonte’s second pitch came just after Rockies manager Bud Black pulled starter Ryan Castellani following walks to Belt and Longoria.

NL East. But they didn't so much lose 5 -3 to the Rockies as fall to Trevor Story. He hit three solo home runs off starter Andrew Suarez. Glad I didn't miss middle-middle." The Giants lost seven of eight games at Coors Field this season, leaving them with just two wins in their past 20 games there.

Raimel Tapia hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, and the Rockies rallied to keep contending San Francisco from gaining ground in the NL wild-card race by beating the Giants 5-4 on Thursday.

''That's definitely a tough loss right there, especially thinking that we had that one in the bag,'' Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said. ''We let up a little bit too early. We needed to keep pushing as an offense and we didn't. We ended up paying for it.''

Jairo Diaz earned his fourth save by getting Austin Slater to ground into a game-ending double play. Several cheering Rockies jumped over the dugout rail celebrating.

a man holding a sign: San Francisco Giants' Wilmer Flores makes a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) © APWF San Francisco Giants' Wilmer Flores makes a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

The Giants (28-28), winners of three of their last five, dropped behind idle Cincinnati for the first NL wild card. The Reds (29-28) visit Minnesota over the final weekend as the playoff-bound Padres come to San Francisco. Eight NL teams were still in the mix for four remaining postseason spots entering play Thursday.

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The Giants ' loss coupled with a Mets win moved the club 1 1/ 2 games behind New York for first place in the NL Wild Card race . The Giants finally found some production in the ninth, as Kelby Tomlinson doubled off Boone Logan to open the inning. Logan fanned the next two hitters, before giving up a

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Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants mascot, walks in the outfield stands during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) © APWF Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants mascot, walks in the outfield stands during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Trevor Cahill (1-2) took the loss after San Francisco had a chance in the 10th.

Belt - who homered in the eighth inning to tie the game on his 1,000th career hit - and Brandon Crawford were intentionally walked by Daniel Bard (4-2). The infield drawn in, shortstop Trevor Story fielded Evan Longoria's grounder and threw Alex Dickerson out at home as San Francisco failed to capitalize.

''Tough play, it's just very instinctual. You really don't have time to think about it, you just kind of try to set yourself up before the play,'' Story said. ''Longo hits the ball really hard, he hits it at me a lot really hard so I was kind of ready for that.''

Tyler Rogers and Caleb Baragar combined to strike out the Colorado side in the 10th, and the Rockies wound up with a season-high 16 Ks.

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Josh Fuentes hit a go-ahead single in the seventh after Charlie Blackmon's tying groundout.

a baseball player swinging a bat at a ball: San Francisco Giants' Wilmer Flores hits an RBI single against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) © APWF San Francisco Giants' Wilmer Flores hits an RBI single against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Kevin Gausman struck out nine over six innings and Crawford hit an RBI double, but the Giants' bullpen couldn't hold it.

Gausman matched his second-most strikeouts of the season - he had 11 against Oakland on Aug. 15 - walked one, and allowed two runs on eight hits. He bounced back with a strong outing on the heels of a loss at Oakland his last time out following consecutive winning starts.

The Giants added another run on a wild pitch by Colorado right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez in the second. Gonzalez is now winless in four career starts against San Francisco.

Ryan McMahon got Colorado on the board with an RBI double in the fourth, then Tapia singled in a run four batters later.

Colorado had two runners on in both the first and second innings but missed scoring chances.

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Story's steady glove in the 10th made a difference for Colorado.

''That's the play that you have to make. You bring the infield in, you try to cover as many spots on the infield as you can to prevent the ground ball from beating you,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''You bring the outfielders in a little tight, you space them where our spray charts think that the hitter's going to hit the ball, same on the infield, we had three infielders on the left side and two on the right. It's something we practice in spring training.''

DICKERSON VS. ROX

Dickerson doubled in the first as he continued to deliver against the Rockies.

In 10 games this season facing Colorado, Dickerson went .462 (18 for 39) with 12 runs, seven doubles, six homers and 10 RBIs.

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The Rockies won the season series 6-4. Colorado went 2-2 at Oracle Park and hasn't had a winning record in San Francisco since going 6-3 in 2015. The Rockies are 17-26 at Oracle Park since the start of the 2016 season.

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a crowd of people watching a baseball game: San Francisco Giants' Austin Slater, right, kneels next to teammate Wandy Peralta during the national anthem before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) © APWF San Francisco Giants' Austin Slater, right, kneels next to teammate Wandy Peralta during the national anthem before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Giants: OF Mike Yastrzemski, who missed his sixth straight start with a mild right calf strain, flied out as a pinch-hitter to start the 10th. He again went through pregame baseball work on the field to show the Giants he was ready off the bench. He could be back in the starting lineup as soon as Friday, manager Gabe Kapler said. ... RHP Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) is in the mix for a return Friday. He is 0-2 making just three starts this season and hasn't pitched since Aug. 7. ''Starting a game is on the table for us. He's out on the field playing catch preparing for that possibility,'' Kapler said. ... The Giants continue to monitor RHP Johnny Cueto's sore hip. ''He came out of his last start feeling good. We have no concerns about him making his next start,'' Kapler said.

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a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: Colorado Rockies' Chi Chi Gonzlez looks at his hat after allowing two runs in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) © APWF Colorado Rockies' Chi Chi Gonzlez looks at his hat after allowing two runs in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

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San Francisco hosts San Diego in a doubleheader Friday with Tyler Anderson (3-3, 4.53 ERA) starting one of the games.

a baseball player throwing a ball: Colorado Rockies' Chi Chi Gonzlez throws against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) © APWF Colorado Rockies' Chi Chi Gonzlez throws against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Colorado sends RHP Antonio Senzatela (5-2, 3.13) to the mound for the first game of Friday's doubleheader at Arizona.

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a baseball player getting ready to hit the ball: San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman throws against the Colorado Rockies during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) © APWF San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman throws against the Colorado Rockies during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

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