Rockies romp behind Bettis to top Giants

Rockies romp behind Bettis to top Giants

DENVER -- An emphatic eight-run fourth inning and Chad Bettis' dominant mound performance were more than enough for the Rockies in their 11-2 win over San Francisco in Sunday's series finale at Coors Field.

After dropping the first two games, Colorado managed a series split with Sunday's win, while also salvaging a .500 homestand at 4-4.

"I felt like we're starting to get some mojo back," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We end up splitting on the homestand, which at the end of the day, we'd like to do better than that at home. But considering how both series started out, I felt good about the way we kept battling."

After a two-hour, 10-minute weather delay to start the game, Nolan Arenado finished 4-for-5 and had a single and a three-run homer in the pivotal fourth, when the Rockies sent 11 men to the plate and grabbed a 9-0 lead. Bettis (1-0), meanwhile, took that and ran with it, sprinkling six hits and two runs over 8 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked two and yielded just four baserunners until the Giants' four-hit, two-run ninth, helping Bettis to his second Major League win and first as a starter.

"This is the best I've felt all year, for sure," Bettis said.

Bettis' stellar start

Giants starter Tim Hudson (2-4) absorbed the brunt of the damage, surrendering eight runs in 3 2/3 innings. He's now 0-3 with a 7.69 ERA in 10 Coors Field starts, as opposed to 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA versus the Rockies elsewhere. The eight runs off Hudson were the most he has allowed since May 20, 2011, against the Angels.

"I just wasn't very good today," Hudson said. "They capitalized on some mistake pitches on my part. ... I have to put it behind me. This never is an easy place to pitch, and today was more challenging than most."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Two-strike damage: A lot of things must go right to score eight runs in one inning, and the Rockies' ability to battle with two strikes was one of them. Arenado's leadoff single, Nick Hundley and Rafael Ynoa's hits, as well as Bettis' RBI groundout all came with two strikes. Those four at-bats accounted for 25 of Hudson's 36 pitches in the frame. More >

Rockies' big 4th inning

Disappearing offense: Nori Aoki singled sharply up the middle to open the game. And that was about it for San Francisco's offense until the ninth. The Giants entered the game having scored the most runs in the National League (113) in May, but they were no match for Bettis (1-5, 6.72 ERA lifetime).

Belt's RBI double

REPLAY REVIEW
In the third inning, Charlie Blackmon was granted first base after video evidence showed a Hudson pitch grazed his left sleeve. Weiss had two separate discussions with home-plate umpire Ed Hickox before ultimately winning his third challenge in as many games.

Blackmon is hit by a pitch

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Sunday's rain delay meaning every one of the series' four games was halted at some point because of weather. The total rain-delay time for the series finished at seven hours, seven minutes. More >

Sunday's multi-faceted win gave Colorado back-to-back victories for the first time since April 23-24, when the Rockies secured home wins over San Diego and San Francisco. Between those two-game winning blocks, Colorado won just five additional contests and dropped from three games over .500 to eight games under.

SPEAK LOUDLY, CARRY A BIG STICK
Arenado jawed at the Giants bench, catcher Buster Posey or both upon reaching home plate following his three-run homer in the fourth inning. Arenado was struck on the right hand by a Yusmeiro Petit pitch in Saturday's first inning, which was clearly unintentional. Yet Arenado might still have been stinging, physically or otherwise.

"It's part of the game," Arenado said. "It's baseball. It's not a big deal, and it is what it is. He's protecting his guys over there, and it just happens. It's part of the game, and it's over with."

WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: Several Giants should be anticipating the club's three-game series at Milwaukee, which begins with Monday's 11:10 a.m. PT matinee. Posey (.381 batting average, .449 on-base percentage, .857 slugging average, six homers) has hit particularly well in Miller Park, along with Hunter Pence (.295), Brandon Crawford (.293) and Aoki (.290), a former Brewer.

Rockies: On Monday, Colorado begins a three-game set in Cincinnati, thus kicking off what's been a favorable matchup for the Rockies recently. Colorado has won seven of the last eight season series against the Reds.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.