• Summary: Kaz Matsui delivered a go-ahead single off closer Armando Benitez with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying the Rockies to a 5-3 victory over the Giants.
• Turning point: Brad Hawpe's eighth-inning hit off lefty Jack Taschner erased a 3-2 deficit for Colorado -- which trailed 3-0 heading into the top of the seventh before scoring three times in three innings. Matsui followed with his clutch hit to right.
• Bonds watch: Barry went 0-for-3 with a walk and remains stuck on 745 home runs. He grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the first.
• What a relief!: Jeremy Affeldt (2-1) pitched the eighth for the win and Brian Fuentes got three outs for his 14th save in 15 chances.
• Quotable: "How many times we got somebody on base and nobody moved him? Somebody had to pay and the person that paid was me." -- Benitez
-- ESPN.com news services
Rockies 5, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Kaz Matsui didn't get the ball out of the
infield his first four at-bats, including striking out with two
runners on in the seventh. He changed his whole night his fifth
time up. Matsui singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the
Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Friday night
for their third straight win. "I put everything I had into that last at-bat," Matsui said
through an interpreter. "Until then I was really frustrated. I
just wanted to hit the ball." Pinch-hitter Steve Finley's one-out infield single against
Armando Benitez (0-2) started the winning rally. He advanced to
second on Kevin Frandsen's throwing error and scored on Matsui's
single into right field. "That's how the game goes," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle
said. "He had four at-bats and wasn't able to square anything up
and he made a swing on that pitch, got himself in scoring position
and scored a run." Matsui stole second and scored on Matt Holliday's third hit of
Jeremy Affeldt (2-1) pitched the eighth for the win and Brian Fuentes got three outs for his 14th save in 15 chances.
"I'm doing my job, I got three groundballs and what happened?"
Benitez asked. "We had an opportunity to win the game. How many
times we got somebody on base and nobody moved him? Somebody had to
pay and the person that paid was me. He hit a good pitch, a slider
away, and a sinker."
San Francisco led 3-0 after six innings but pinch-hitter Ryan
Spilborghs and Willy Taveras each drove in a run with two outs in
the seventh to get the Rockies within one. Brad Hawpe's two-out
double in the eighth tied it at 3.
"We let it slip away," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We
couldn't add on to put the game away and they were able to come
back on us."
Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 with a walk and remains 10 homers shy
of tying Hank Aaron's career record of 755.
Bonds came up with the bases loaded and no outs in the first
inning but Jason Hirsh got him to ground into a double play. Randy
Winn scored to make it 1-0.
Ray Durham followed with an RBI double and scored with some help
from a strong San Francisco breeze. The wind pushed Bengie Molina's
infield popup away from first baseman Todd Helton and it landed on
the infield lawn, allowing Durham to score from second.
"While the ball was inside the park it went one way," Matsui
said. "When it got to its highest point, the wind took it the
other way. I have to go for those kind of balls."
Giants starter Matt Cain also had some problems with the wind.
"It affected me a little bit in the second inning when I just
couldn't feel the ball," he said. "It felt slick and I got my
pitch count up."
Durham also made a key defensive play but he was part of a
double switch in the seventh and wasn't around at the end.
Helton walked to lead off the fourth and advanced to second on a
wild pitch. Garrett Atkins hit a soft liner that seemed destined
for the right-center field gap but Durham timed his leap perfectly,
came down with the ball and tossed to Rich Aurilia at second while
Helton was cruising into third.
"The fly balls here are crazy," Hawpe said. "It doesn't sound
like they're as tough as Candlestick but fly balls here are
unbelievable. You never know what's going to happen to it. You try
to keep your face on it the whole time and its tough. That seems to
happen once a game here."
Cain, with a 1.40 ERA in 19 innings against the Rockies, allowed
two runs and four hits over 6 2-3 innings for the Giants. He walked
four and struck out five.
"They got the hits when they needed and that's kind of the way
it goes," Cain said. "Little things happen. I make a good pitch
and the guy puts the bat on the ball and it happens to fall in."
Hirsh gave up three runs and five hits. He walked two and struck
Southern California football coach Pete Carroll was a visitor to the press box. ... With 41,274 fans in attendance, the
game was declared a sellout, the sixth of the season. ... Holliday
has reached base safely in 32 of his last 34 games. ... Affeldt
committed his eighth career balk and the first since Sept. 27,
2004, when he was with Kansas City. ... Giants 1B Ryan Klesko
singled in the third for his 1,500th career hit.