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Jun 15, 2014 8:23 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Late magic continues as Rockies sweep Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies may not want to leave their usual house of horrors, even though the Giants are glad they're gone.

Justin Morneau's eighth-inning, two-run, pinch-hit double completed a comeback from ineffective early pitching and a four-run deficit as the Rockies won, 8-7, to complete their first three-game sweep at AT&T Park since Sept. 23-25, 2008.

Standout shortstop Troy Tulowitzki returned to the lineup after not starting Saturday because of a right middle toe injury and went 3-for-4 with his 18th home run of the season, a two-run shot off starter Madison Bumgarner in the third inning.

The Rockies, who have won five straight games, fashioned their late comeback on Josh Rutledge's pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh off Bumgarner, and Drew Stubbs' RBI triple and Michael McKenry's infield RBI single off Juan Gutierrez (1-2) in the eighth.

Morneau, rested from the starting lineup, strode to pinch-hit and Giants manager Bruce Bochy countered with lefty Javier Lopez. Morneau tapped the ball down the left-field line, and McKenry and DJ LeMahieu, who had reached on a fielder's choice, scored. LeMahieu used a deft slide past catcher Hector Sanchez. Bochy considered a replay challenge until information relayed to him convinced him it was futile.

The comeback made a winner of Matt Belisle (2-2), who pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh for his second win of the series. LaTroy Hawkins earned his third save of the series.

All this came on a day when Juan Nicasio, whose rotation spot grows more tenuous with each short outing, lasted just two innings and two batters of the third. He gave up just three runs, but also four hits and four walks. Nicasio has a 14.36 ERA and has given up 35 hits in 15 2/3 innings in his last four starts.

Franklin Morales entered with two on and no outs in the third and escaped the inning unscathed.

But Morales, who has generally been effective out of the bullpen but lost his rotation spot because he couldn't keep the ball in the park, gave up consecutive homers to Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval in the fourth, a solo shot to Bumgarner in the fifth, and four runs total in three innings.

 

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