DENVER -- Fifteen minutes after the final pitch Tuesday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy walked up to left-hander Madison Bumgarner in a clubhouse hallway and softly patted him on the arm.

The lineup behind Bumgarner showed the same level of thump in a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Bumgarner threw just 97 pitches in eight innings, becoming the sixth Giants starter to throw a complete game at Coors Field. He scattered eight hits and gave up two solo homers while hitting a double.

"He was phenomenal," right fielder Hunter Pence said.

Bumgarner was also on the wrong end of a 2-1 game for the second time in six days. He's the first Giant to throw a complete game at Coors Field and lose and just the second pitcher in the history of the vaunted hitters park to go the distance, give up two or fewer runs and come away with a loss.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Denver. (AP
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez) ( Barry Gutierrez )

A day after the Giants got just four outs from their starting pitcher and lost a long reliever to injury, Bumgarner went so deep that he still had fresh ice packs on his shoulder when addressing the media. But the 24-year-old shrugged off any talk of frustration.

"It's not any more frustrating than it is for everybody," he said. "We all want to win. I'm not frustrated for myself. We should be winning these games. We're going through a rough patch, and it doesn't matter how good you are, you're going to go through stretches like this."


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Not many recent Giants skids have matched the current one. The Giants have scored two or fewer runs in six of their past seven games, and while Franklin Morales had good stuff Tuesday night, they haven't exactly been facing a deck of aces. The Giants left nine runners on base Tuesday and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, dropping to 9 for 79 with RISP over their past 11 games. Tuesday's failures piled up as Bumgarner did his best to keep the Rockies at bay.

The first two Giants hitters reached base in the second, but a fielder's choice and two strikeouts ended the inning. Troy Tulowitzki's diving stop at short halted a fourth-inning rally after the Giants put two on with one out. Bumgarner hit a two-out double in the seventh, but Angel Pagan struck out for the third time. With two on and one out in the eighth, the Rockies brought in left-hander Rex Brothers to turn around Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval tapped into a double play on the first pitch.

"When you're swinging at the first pitch," Bochy said, "You want to hit it a little better than that."

After the wasted opportunities and Bumgarner had brushed off two Rockies homers, the Giants had a chance. Brandon Crawford drew a one-out walk in the ninth and pinch hitter Gregor Blanco singled. But Hector Sanchez struck out, and Pagan grounded out to clinch the fourth loss in five games on this trip.

The Giants are 1 for 19 with runners in scoring position in two days at Coors Field. That one hit, a single by Pence on Monday, didn't even score a run. Pence provided the lone blemish on Morales' line with his second homer of the season.

"It feels like we're hitting every ball right at them," Pence said. "But that turns around. It changes."

Bochy might make a few changes for the series finale. Buster Posey, 3 for his last 35 at the plate, will likely sit. A few other regulars might get the day off as Bochy looks for a temporary fix to the offensive woes, but he said it isn't time to make excuses.

"We're in April," Bochy said, his eyes wide. "I don't think anybody should be tired."

  • Left-hander David Huff was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain. Huff was hurt Monday night while running out an infield single, his first career hit. The Giants had been carrying 13 pitchers since Jeremy Affeldt's return, but the staff decided to call up a position player, outfielder Juan Perez, to replace Huff.

    Perez is hitless in eight at-bats this season while primarily serving as a defensive replacement. Bochy said he anticipates getting Michael Morse and Pagan more rest.

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    Wednesday's game
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