Chris Rusin gives up 3 homers, Rockies lose 3-2 to Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Colorado manager Walt Weiss is encouraged by the way Chris Rusin has been pitching, even after the left-hander gave up three home runs in his final start of the season.
Considering the way things have gone for the Rockies’ pitching staff, every sign of progress is a plus.
Rusin gave up five hits in six innings but Colorado’s offense couldn’t get much going against Jake Peavy and five relievers in a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
“That’s a lot of what we’ve seen from him this year,” Weiss said. “Keeps the game intact throughout the outing and puts us in position to win games. If he can do that he’s going to be very, very effective for us.”
Rusin (6-10) struck out four and walked two in his third start against the defending World Series champions this season. He beat San Francisco on Sept. 3 after receiving a no-decision against the Giants on June 27.
“It was just those three pitches,” Rusin said. “They were my three biggest mistakes. They didn’t miss any one of them.”
Ben Paulsen homered for the Rockies, who have lost four of five.
Colorado trailed by three runs after four innings but pulled to 3-2 on Justin Morneau’s grounder in the sixth.
The Rockies went silent after that as the Giants retired 10 of the final 12 Colorado batters.
Peavy (8-6) pitched five innings for his fifth consecutive win, and rookie Kelby Tomlinson hit an inside-the-park home run for San Francisco.
“Last time (Peavy) faced us he kept throwing cutters in, and that’s what he did today,” Paulsen said. “He was just trying to pick that inner half.”
Brandon Crawford and Marlon Byrd also homered for the Giants, who had lost two straight and three of four before powering up to beat the Rockies for the eighth time in 18 meetings this year.
Tomlinson, whose only other home run came on Aug. 27, hit the eighth inside-the-park shot in AT&T Park history and the first since Angel Pagan did it on May 25, 2013. He benefited when Colorado center fielder Corey Dickerson and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez both paused to stare at each other briefly after chasing down the ball near the wall.
That gave the San Francisco rookie just enough time to slide home and easily beat the relay throw from second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
One out later, Byrd hit his 23rd home run of the season and fourth with San Francisco to make it 2-0.
Crawford’s 21st of the year put the Giants up 3-0 in the fourth.
Paulsen homered off Peavy leading off the fifth.
Dickerson doubled against Josh Osich and scored in the sixth to pull the Rockies to 3-2.
Five relievers combined to pitch the final four innings for San Francisco. Santiago Casilla retired two batters for his 38th save.
Nolan Arenado doubled for Colorado, extending his major league record for extra-base hits by a third baseman to 89.
Rockies C Tom Murphy exited with a strained left shoulder after getting picked off second base to end the fifth. He was replaced by Dustin Garneau.
Rockies: RHP Christian Bergman (3-1) pitches the season finale. He is winless in 11 appearances on the road despite a 2.37 ERA.
Giants: RHP Matt Cain (2-4) will make his first start since Aug. 25. Cain has won once in four starts at AT&T Park this season.