By Chris Bianchi
Make no doubt about it, it was a big win for the Rockies.
Michael Cuddyer’s big night coupled with a dominant pitching performance from Tyler Chatwood set the tone for a 5-0 shutout Rockies win over the Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park in the series opener in San Francisco.
Cuddyer’s two-run double got the Rockies off on the right foot, and after D.J. LeMahieu’s RBI single, Cuddyer provided a solo homer to put the Rockies up 4-0 through six innings.
Carlos Gonzalez tacked on a solo home run, his 12th of the season, in the eighth to complete the rout.
Chatwood was the other big story on the night. Making his second start since his recall from the minors, the right-hander tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four in his third win of the season. Colorado’s bullpen allowed just a single hit in three shutout innings of work.
The Rockies tagged Giants starter Tim Lincecum for four runs in seven innings of work.
After a big win, Colorado will look to take the series from the Giants on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, with first pitch from AT&T Park set for 1:05 p.m. MT. Juan Nicasio is set to go for the Rockies against the Giants’ Barry Zito.
The Rockies took another key series from a top division rival on Wednesday.
Bolstered by starter Jorge De La Rosa dancing around trouble for 5 1/3 innings and a big afternoon from Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies took Wednesday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks 4-1 and won the three game series from visiting Arizona.
The Rockies got off to a hot start and never looked back. Gonzalez mashed a homer to right, his 11th of the season, to start the game, and rookie Nolan Arenado tacked on an RBI double later in the inning to get the Rockies off to a 2-0 start after one.
Gonzalez added a third inning RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch to cap the Rockies’ scoring. De La Rosa only allowed Wil Nieves’ RBI double in the fourth but escaped with his fourth win of the season.
The Rockies optioned infielder Josh Rutledge, who was hitting just .242, to triple-A Colorado Springs after the game.
After an off day on Thursday, Colorado hits the road for a key three-game series in San Francisco starting on Friday night. Tyler Chatwood goes for Colorado against Tim Lincecum in game one on Friday, with first pitch from AT&T Park set for 8:15 p.m. MT.
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