Giants can't sweep Colorado; Cain lit up in loss

Giants can't sweep Colorado; Cain lit up in loss
April 20, 2011, 10:15 pm
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DENVER (AP) Jorge De La Rosa overcame a shaky start to pitch seven sharp innings and Ty Wigginton tied a career high with four RBIs, including a three-run homer, as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 10-2 on Wednesday.De La Rosa (3-0) didn't appear to be bothered by a nagging blister on his middle finger that's plagued him at times this season. He gave up two runs and four hits to help the Rockies salvage the finale of the three-game series against the surging Giants.Wigginton, hitting .214 entering the game, showed signs of breaking out of his offensive funk by lining a three-run homer to left off Matt Cain (2-1) in the second inning and bringing in another on a ground out in the fifth. It's the ninth time Wigginton has driven in four runs in his career.Cain was far from his best, wrestling with his command as he lasted just 4 2-3 innings, allowing six runs and nine hits.
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The righty had been so crisp and efficient in his last three outings, giving up just three runs in 19 innings.Cain's clunker was against a team he has typically dominated, too. In four starts last season, he went 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.Buster Posey had both RBIs for the Giants, one on a single in the first and another with a grounder in the sixth.That's all the damage San Francisco could manage against De La Rosa, who was on the ropes in the opening frame but worked his way out of trouble and never looked back. He picked up his third win to tie Jhoulys Chacin for most on the staff.Pinch hitter Ryan Spilborghs added a late three-run homer, backup catcher Jose Morales contributed an RBI double and Seth Smith had a pair of RBI singles as Colorado had a season-high scoring output.Cain certainly didn't have his usual overpowering command, giving up four runs in the second inning.The big blow was Wigginton's milestone homer, the third baseman's first with the Rockies and the 1,000th hit of his career. Despite his slump, Wigginton was in the lineup due to Ian Stewart's recent demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs.Cain hardly had the same stuff as in his appearance at Coors Field last September, when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before allowing an infield single.The Giants jumped on Colorado in the first inning yet again, scoring a run on Posey's bloop single to left. That gave them 10 runs in the opening frame during the three-game series.The damage could've been even more extensive after Aaron Rowand led off the game with a double and Freddy Sanchez drew a walk. But Aubrey Huff, who reached on a fielder's choice, was thrown out at third by Carlos Gonzalez on Posey's RBI hit and Cody Ross hit a fly ball to end the inning.This was Ross' first appearance of the season after straining his right calf in the final week of spring training. The MVP of the NLCS last season finished hitless in four plate appearances.The Giants were without Pablo Sandoval, who was a late scratch after straining his right triceps during batting practice. He was hitting well, too, homering in four of his last six games.Before the contest, Colorado held a moment of silence to remember Rockies president Keli McGregor, who died on this day a year ago during a business trip in Utah. He was 48.The picture of health, McGregor passed away of what was later ruled a viral heart infection. Three of his four children threw out the first pitch to Todd Helton, Spilborghs and Troy Tulowitzki.A local ball park in Denver also renamed its field in his honor."It's a wonderful tribute and a strong suggestion of what this man was all about," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.NOTES: Rockies RHP Aaron Cook (broken finger) has started throwing off a slope. Cook has been on the DL since slamming the digit in a door early in spring training. "He's making strides," Tracy said. ... To make room for Ross, the Giants optioned INF Brandon Belt to Triple-A Fresno. Belt turned 23 on Wednesday. ... The Rockies moved to 7-1 in day games this season. ... Tulowitzki was 3 for 5 with two doubles.