DENVER -- Tim Hudson leads all active pitchers with 214 wins, but none have come at nightmarish Coors Field. It looked as if that would surely change Monday when the Giants took a five-run lead, but Hudson has pitched here enough to know better.
"This is a crazy place to play sometimes," he said, smiling and shaking his head after the Giants' 10-9 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
The Giants led 7-2 before giving up seven straight in the sixth and seventh innings. They stormed back with two runs to tie in the top of the ninth, but the Rockies walked off in the bottom of the inning when Charlie Blackmon hit a liner down the right field line with two on and two outs.
The defeat snapped a six-game winning streak, but the day wasn't a total loss for the Giants. They won 4-2 in the early afternoon in the resumption of a game that was suspended May 22, but they were left feeling they could have had more. As it is, the Giants gained a half game on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West and trail L.A. by two games.
"That's a hard-fought game, a tough game," manager Bruce Bochy said of the loss. "That's one you see a lot of here in this park. That sixth inning, we just couldn't stop it. A couple of plays, I don't know quite what happened. The momentum switched over."
The Giants jumped ahead with a four-run first inning. Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer in the first and Brandon Crawford added an RBI single, one of three hits on the day for the shortstop.
The Giants added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, but Hudson couldn't slow the Rockies in the sixth. A leadoff walk and two singles got the Rockies rolling, but they nearly stalled when Matt McBride hit a grounder to third that looked to be a sure double play. Pablo Sandoval's throw to second was late, and Joe Panik dropped it. Hudson was done, and when the Rockies kept tacking on, he would be charged with five earned runs in five-plus innings.
"It's a tough one to swallow," he said. "I thought I had the game in hand, but weirder things have happened here. ... In a 7-2 game, you feel you have a pretty good chance to win the game, but 7-2 here really isn't that big a lead."
The Rockies went ahead 9-7 on Ben Paulsen's pinch-hit homer in the seventh, but the Giants weren't done. Hits by Panik, Buster Posey and Sandoval tied the game in the top of the ninth, but the Giants still didn't feel comfortable.
"It's tough to (get to) extra innings here," Hudson said. "You want to go into that ninth with a lead. You can give up a broken-bat homer here."
Sergio Romo (5-4) didn't do that, but he gave up the winning run on an extended rally. Michael McKenry led off with a single, went to second on a bunt and third on an infield single. Blackmon reached down and hit a down-and-in pitch to right field for the winner.
Giants (Yusmeiro Petit 4-3) at Colorado (Jordan Lyles 6-2), 5:40 p.m. CSNBA
N.L. WEST RACE
W L GB
L.A. 77 61 --
Giants 75 63 2
N.L. WILD CARD
W L GB
Giants 75 63 --
Milw. 73 64 --
Atlanta 72 66 1.5