Rockies Ride Bailey’s Arm, Bat to Sixth Straight Win
DENVER (AP) _ Stick around long enough as a pitcher at Coors Field, and the effort likely will be rewarded.
Roger Bailey found that out Monday night as he struggled against San Francisco early, but settled down and hit a bases-loaded triple to lead the Colorado Rockies to their sixth straight win, 7-3 over the Giants.
Bailey’s triple highlighted a seven-run third inning that followed the first scoreless, 1-2-3 inning by the Giants.
``The big turning point for me was putting up a zero,″ said Bailey, who walked three leadoff hitters in the first four innings. ``It gave us a little momentum knowing that if we get a couple here, we’re back in the game. I didn’t expect seven, but that was nice.″
The outburst also gave the Rockies a share of the major league record for consecutive home games (11) with at least seven runs. The 1938 Yankees are the only other team to score at least seven in 11 straight.
``We don’t keep track of records,″ said Eric Young, who had four hits and set a career high with his 43rd RBI. ``We just try to score as many as possible.″
Colorado has scored 114 runs during its 11-game tear to boost its home record to 32-15, tops in the NL. The Rockies also have won 15 of their last 18 at Coors Field.
Bailey (1-1) nearly missed out on the winning ways as he allowed three hits and four walks in the first two innings to help the Giants build a 3-0 lead.
But for the second time in the first five games of their current homestand, the Rockies erupted for seven runs; they had an 11-run inning Friday against San Diego.
``Big innings have helped us a lot,″ Dante Bichette said. ``We know if we get something going, it snowballs. It’s a lot of fun.″
Colorado’s fun added to San Francisco’s frustration. After throwing back-to-back shutouts at Dodger Stadium, the Giants dropped to 6-14 against NL West teams, and they’ve lost 18 of their last 22 games overall.
The Rockies put an early end to San Francisco’s 21-inning streak without allowing a run. Rookie Steven Bourgeois (1-2) extended it to 23 before Colorado’s third-inning outburst erased the three-run deficit.
Bourgeois wild-pitched the first run home and then gave up RBI singles to Bichette and Andres Galarraga. Jeff Reed singled and Quinton McCracken drew a walk to load the bases.
Bailey, previously 0-for-4 on the season, followed with his triple past center fielder Marvin Benard, who was playing shallow, to clear the bases. Bailey then scored on Young’s second single of the inning for a 7-3 Colorado lead.
``The triple really hurt. It really hurt bad,″ San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said. ``Bernard played it too tight. He had a tough angle and didn’t make the play.″
The seven-run third took the air out of the Giants offense as Bailey went on to pitch 7 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts. He retired 17 of the last 20 hitters he faced.
``There’s a little bit of joking going around the dugout _ all you’ve got to do is put up a shutout inning and you get seven runs,″ Bailey said. ``If it worked out like that all the time, it’d be nice.″
Notes: Colorado’s 11 straight games with at least seven runs broke the NL record previously held by the 1911 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1976 Cincinnati Reds. ... Bailey’s triple was the third by a Colorado pitcher in team history. Bryan Hickerson and Lance Painter have the others. ... Bichette extended his team record with his 13th consecutive stolen base. ... Barry Bonds played in his 321st consecutive game to break the San Francisco record held by Will Clark. Bonds also has the longest active streak in the NL. ... San Francisco catcher Kirt Manwaring turned 31. He went 0-for-3 and has one hit in his last 25 at-bats (.040). ... The game was the first without a homer at Coors Field since April 27.