DENVER -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy often tells his players to look forward, so as the team prepared to leave Denver for the final time this season, the Giants already were looking ahead to a series with 2012 World Series opponent Detroit.

But if the Giants took a moment to look in the rearview mirror, they would see a massively missed opportunity. A 9-2 loss at Coors Field was the 10th of the year to the Colorado Rockies, meaning the Giants will finish with a losing mark (9-10) against a team that has the worst record in the National League and has been ravaged by injuries.

The first-place Dodgers are 9-4 against the Rockies with six games remaining between the two. The differing success against Colorado could be glaring if the Giants can't catch up in the National League West. The Giants trail the Dodgers by two games.

"It's hard to explain what your record is against certain clubs," Bochy said. "They play hard, even though they had injuries. They've had guys with good years, and they're tough here. There's nothing worse than when you think you should beat a club. They're major league players."

The names are not the familiar ones such as Tulowitzki, Gonzalez and Cuddyer. Instead, it was emerging young players Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson doing most of the damage to Ryan Vogelsong's line on a day when he tied a career-high by allowing eight earned runs. Christian Bergman gave up nine hits, but the rookie allowed just two runs while outpitching Vogelsong.


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The Giants led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Rockies' aggressive approach against Vogelsong paid off with two big rallies. Vogelsong walked Josh Rutledge with two outs in the fifth and then gave up a single to Justin Morneau. Arenado hit a first-pitch fastball just over the wall in left for a three-run homer. Dickerson got a first-pitch curveball and lofted a high fly to left that originally looked like an out but kept carrying on a 90-degree day in Denver, giving him a second homer.

"I made the pitch I wanted to Arenado -- he just got enough of it to get it over the fence," Vogelsong said. "I jammed him up pretty good. I thought it was a fly ball when he first hit it. That was another one (to Dickerson) that I thought was a pretty good pitch, a curveball down and away. He barreled it. He hit it pretty good.

"It's an adventure out there. The ball flies here during the day."

Vogelsong gave up a career-high fourth homer in the sixth and left with two runners on. Juan Gutierrez cashed both of them in.

A day after overcoming a six-run deficit in a 12-7 win, the Giants went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. They scored 23 runs in the series but lost two of three after winning the completion of a suspended game from May 22.

"It's just disappointing," Vogelsong said. "I felt we were set up here to have a good game and take the series. It's disappointing to have results like that."

The trip only gets harder, with 15-game winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young winner David Price set to take the mound for Detroit in the first two games of this weekend's set. With days quickly falling off the calendar, the Giants are running out of time to make up ground. This three-game series seemed fertile ground for two wins, maybe a sweep, but the Giants fell short.

"You've got to come ready to play every day," Vogelsong said. "Guys aren't going to roll over for us."

  • Coming into this season, a Giants player had not won the National League Pitcher of the Month award since Tim Lincecum was honored in June 2009. Madison Bumgarner has now won it twice in four months. The left-hander went the distance in three of his six August starts and finished the month 4-1 with a league-best 1.57 ERA.

  • Angel Pagan (back tightness) and Pablo Sandoval (rest) joined Michael Morse (oblique strain) on the sideline. Bochy said Pagan and Sandoval are expected to play Friday's opener in Detroit.

  • Ten years after he was drafted, 28-year-old right-hander Erik Cordier made his MLB debut and hit 101 mph seven times and 100 mph nine more. Cordier has had a star-crossed minor league career and missed two full seasons with injuries. He signed with the Giants last November.

    "I ran in and just kind of stopped and looked up at everything going on in the stadium," he said. "It was like, 'Wow, this is cool!' "

    FRIDAY'S GAME
    Giants (Jake Peavy 4-13) at Detroit (Rick
    Porcello 15-9), 4:08 p.m. CSNBA