Giants Sweep the Rockies

Giants 3-0 win leads to sweep of Colorado

By NBC Bay Area Sports
|  Sunday, May 8, 2011  |  Updated 9:47 PM PDT
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Giants Sweep the Rockies

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Ryan Vogelsong and two relievers combined on a three-hitter and the San Francisco Giants completed their first series sweep of the season with a 3-0 win over the slumping Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Cody Ross homered and drove in all three runs to help the defending World Series champions beat the Rockies for the third straight day and pull within a game of the NL West leaders.

Vogelsong (2-0) was perfect through five innings and didn’t allow a hit until Chris Iannetta’s leadoff single in the sixth. The 33-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked one in 6 1-3 innings.

Javier Lopez pitched 1 2-3 innings and Brian Wilson worked the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Iannetta had two hits for Colorado, which was shut out for the second time in nine games. The Rockies had lost their previous three in walk-off fashion.

This time it didn’t get that far and the Rockies, who entered May with a 4 1/2 -game lead, finished their road trip with a dismal 1-5 record.

San Francisco’s offense provided just enough support, taking advantage of an unusually erratic Jorge De La Rosa (4-1).

De La Rosa never got settled in after walking four of the first six batters he faced. The lefty, who has been Colorado’s most effective starter this season, finished with a season-high five walks and the first blemish on his record.

The Giants have won nine of the last 11 meetings between the two teams, primarily behind strong pitching performances from the likes of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.
 

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