Saturday, August 2, 2014
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Rockies sweep Giants

JUSTIN MORNEAU came to the plate in the eighth inning with one thought in mind: just see the ball and hit it.

Morneau hit a two-run double against lefthander Javier Lopez as the visiting Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants, 8-7, yesterday to complete a three-game sweep with another comeback victory.

"He throws from a tough angle and the hardest thing with him is picking up the ball," Morneau said. "Fortunately it was in a good spot and it was another good win for us."

Morneau's pinch-hit highlighted a four-run rally for the Rockies, who scored in the ninth in each of the first two games of the series for the win.

"It was a great three games here," Rockies' manager Walt Weiss said. "We kept it together and came up with big-time clutch hits. I love coming here and playing in this atmosphere."

Troy Tulowitzki had three hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs for the Rockies, who extended their season-high winning streak to five games.

"I've been here when they came back against us plenty of times," Tulowitzki said. "It's nice to be on this side and celebrating a terrific series."

Tulowitzki, who was nursing a sore toe, said he was good enough to play even though Weiss said the star shortstop talked his way into the lineup.

Madison Bumgarner pitched seven innings and homered in the fifth inning for the Giants, who have lost six of seven and were swept at home for the first time.

"We should have won some of the games we lost on this homestand but you're going to have some adversity," Bumgarner said. "The Rockies have one of the best offenses in the league and we weren't playing that badly. We just found ourselves on the losing side."

Matt Belisle (2-2) pitched an inning for Colorado. Juan Gutierrez (1-2) allowed four runs on three hits for the Giants. LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

"It's amazing, last week at this time we're in the dumps," Hawkins said. "Now we're on a high. It can turn around just like this."

"The bullpen just unraveled," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was ejected with two outs in the ninth for arguing balls and strikes.

In AL games

* At Detroit, J.D. Martinez's ninth-inning sacrifice fly scored Torii Hunter with the winning run and the Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3. Joe Nathan (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth.

* At Boston, Nick Swisher led off the 11th inning with a homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Red Sox, 3-2, to gain a split of the four-game series.

* At Baltimore, J.A. Happ (6-3) pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Dioner Navarro had three hits and two RBI and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 5-2, for a split of the four-game series.

* At Houston, David Price (5-6) shook off a tough start to strike out 10, pinch-hitter Jerry Sands broke three bats while singling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Astros, 4-3.

* At Chicago, Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox with a 6-3 win. James Shields (8-3) won his fifth straight decision and the Royals extended their season-high win streak to seven games.

* At Oakland, Derek Norris and Coco Crisp hit early three-run homers to back a strong start by Jesse Chavez (6-4), and the Athletics beat the New York Yankees, 10-5. Carlos Beltran hit his first home run for the Yankees since coming off the disabled list.

* At Seattle, Kyle Seager had four hits and three RBI, and the Mariners stopped a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers.

Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison left the game after he hurt himself slamming his bat against the dugout wall. The display occurred after a flyout in the fifth inning. A piece of the bat broke off and caused a cut above his left eye that needed five stitches.

In NL games

* At Miami, Casey McGehee tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-out, two-run double, then drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, and the Marlins averted a series sweep by beating the Pirates, 3-2. Pittsburgh's Vance Worley pitched seven innings in his season debut.

* At Milwaukee, Billy Hamilton led off the game with a home run, Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot in the first inning and Todd Frazier later hit his team-high 15th homer as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Brewers, 13-4.

* At New York, Curtis Granderson hit his first leadoff homer in 5 years, Carlos Torres and two other relievers filled in admirably for an ailing Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Mets beat the San Diego Padres, 3-1. Matsuzaka barely made it through an inning because of a severe upset stomach.

* At Los Angeles, Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero homered to help Bronson Arroyo (7-4) win his third straight start and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers, 6-3

* At St. Louis, Matt Adams homered for the third time in three games - all with his father in attendance - and Matt Holliday also went deep, helping the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory and series sweep over the Washington Nationals.

In interleague

* At Atlanta, Tommy La Stella had three hits, including a two-run double in a four-run sixth, and the Braves beat Hector Santiago (0-7) and the Los Angeles Angels, 7-3. La Stella, the rookie second baseman, is hitting .411 with at least two hits in nine of his 16 games.

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