Streaking Giants rally over Rockies, gain ground in races

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants are officially
scoreboard watching these days.

In fact, Omar Vizquel glances up every couple of innings to
check on the Dodgers, Padres and other NL teams in the thick of

Vizquel and Pedro Feliz each hit two-run doubles to rally San
Francisco from a four-run deficit, Randy Winn homered and the
Giants gained ground in the division and wild-card races with a
10-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

"You're pretty aware of what the other scores are," Vizquel
said. "It is kind of exciting to see and the reaction of the fans.
We have to keep an eye on the other teams."

The Giants won for the seventh time in nine games to pull within
three games of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West and move 1½
games behind the NL wild card-leading San Diego. The Padres lost
5-4 in 11 innings to the Reds in Cincinnati, then Los Angeles also
lost in 11 innings, 9-8 to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Fans in San Francisco's waterfront ballpark cheered when the
Dodgers score went up, immediately starting the chant "Beat L.A.!
Beat L.A.!" With the Florida Marlins' 6-4 home loss to the Mets,
the Giants stand alone in second place in the wild card.

Winn, who also drove in a run on a groundout, homered for only
the 11th time this year and first since Aug. 24 against Cincinnati
when he led off the seventh with a towering shot into the bleachers
in left field. Moises Alou added an RBI double in the eighth and
Feliz singled in a run in the inning, and Vizquel's bases-loaded
groundout brought in another run for his third RBI.

Barry Bonds walked and was hit by a pitch in his two plate
appearances in the second inning, when the Giants sent out 11
batters and took advantage of five unearned runs of the six they
scored. The 42-year-old slugger went 0-for-2 with two called
strikeouts and drew his 109th walk before giving way to Todd Linden
in left field to start the eighth.

Kevin Correia (2-0) pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief
and struck out three for the win.

"If you're trusting your pitches, you're going to throw more
strikes," said Correia, who wasn't even on the team after spring

Jeff Baker drove in two runs and Chris Iannetta hit his first
major league home run leading off the second for the Rockies, who
had their four-game winning streak snapped -- which matched the
club's longest run of the season.

"It was great to hit a home run, especially my first in the big
leagues, but there was still a long way to play," Iannetta said.
"I got a ball. I'm pretty sure it's the one. I'm saving all those
things to reflect on after the season."

Sanchez fell one out short of reaching five innings to qualify
for the win in just his second career start. He allowed four earned
runs and five hits, struck out three and walked three in an
87-pitch performance.

The Rockies didn't score against Sanchez in the 1 2/3 innings
he's pitched against them in two relief outings this season.

The 23-year-old left-hander fell behind 4-0 after two innings
but the offense came through for him. Sanchez won his first major
league start last Wednesday at Cincinnati and is 3-0 this season.

Denny Bautista's Rockies debut was just that: rocky.

Bautista (0-1), making his first career start in the National
League after being promoted from the minors, lasted only 1 2/3
innings and was tagged for six runs -- only one earned -- and three
hits. He walked three and struck out one.

Colorado acquired the right-hander from Kansas City along with
Jeremy Affeldt on July 31.

Kaz Matsui added an RBI double in the ninth for Colorado.

The Rockies are 6-24 away from Coors Field since the All-Star
break after going 22-21 on the road in the first half. Colorado won
two of three in San Francisco from Aug. 4-6.

Game notes
San Francisco's Mark Sweeney played in his 1,000th career
game when he entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. "That's a
lot of fun for me," said Sweeney, who will get the lineup card in
a frame. "I would be happy with one game. I'm not a big individual
guy but that's pretty special." ... Bautista became the eighth
starter used by the Rockies this season. He was called up from
Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. ... Rockies' RF Baker, who
made his first start of the year Sunday, stole his first base in
the initial inning after an RBI single to get aboard. ... Winn went
49 at-bats between homers.