DENVER -- Chad Bettis lost his perfect game bid in the fifth, but he tossed the Rockies' first complete game of the season, as Carlos Gonzalez supplied the power in a 6-0 win over the Giants at Coors Field on Monday.
Bettis tossed the Rockies' first two-hit shutout since June 30, 2009, striking out seven with no walks. The Giants' first baserunner came on a bloop single to left field by Eduardo Nunez in the fifth, and Trevor Brown's leadoff double in the sixth was the only other baserunner. His seven strikeouts were one short of his career high.
"I think in the third or fourth is when I had a really good feel for my curveball and changeup," Bettis said when asked when he realized he was in a groove. "I was just trying to do everything I could to give us a win."
The Rockies did all of their scoring in the third inning, which ended Giants starter Matt Moore's day. Moore put the first three batters of the inning on base and eventually intentionally walked the red-hot Nolan Arenado before Gonzalez hit his second grand slam of the season, the sixth of his career. Catcher Nick Hundley followed him up two batters later with his fifth homer in 10 games.
The Giants' bullpen quieted things down, with 2 1/3 scoreless innings from Matt Cain -- in his first relief appearance of the season -- and three scoreless innings in Denver native Ty Blach's Major League debut. However, the loss, their fourth in five games, pushes the Giants 3 1/2 games back of the National League West-leading Dodgers and decreases their lead on the first NL Wild Card spot to a half-game over the Cardinals, who beat the Pirates on Monday.
"The boys looked a little flat," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We got to find a way to come out of this thing. We couldn't generate anything. Their guy pitched great, I'll give him that. But at the same time, we've been in this for a little while, and it's time for us to wake up here."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Grand slams in bunches: Gonzalez's grand slam was the Rockies' third of the homestand. Stephen Cardullo hit one in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers, and Hundley hit another one in Friday's 14-7 win over the D-backs.
"It's good to see CarGo get that one," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's had some real hard outs lately. He didn't hit it on the sweet spot, but he doesn't have to hit them out. That's a big one right there."
Both sides of the field: The Giants went three innings before hitting a ball out of the infield. Denard Span finally lifted a fly to center to lead off the fourth, and it was another 1 1/3 innings before the Giants collected their first hit, a single to left from Nunez. The Giants got only two more ball out of the infield -- and only one of them for a hit -- a leadoff double to center from Brown in the sixth.
"We had quick outs, soft outs," Bochy said. "We didn't make good contact. There weren't any balls barreled up all day. You can't get things going if you can't get guys on base."
Keeping it on the ground: Bettis was able to find success by keeping the ball on the ground. He recorded 15 groundouts compared to just two flyouts on Monday. He has only generated more than 15 ground balls twice this season.
"His angle was really good," Hundley said. "His fastball was really downhill. I know he's been working on that the last couple bullpens. His depth was outstanding. You can tell by the soft contact on the grounders we were getting." More >
Coming home: Rookie southpaw Blach made his big league debut for the Giants in his hometown of Denver, coming in for relief in the sixth inning and pitching three shutout frames. Blach tied the single-season record in Triple-A Sacramento with 14 wins on his way to a 14-7 record with a 3.43 ERA. It was his first relief appearance since a pair of outings with Class A Advanced San Jose in 2013.
"What a job he did," Bochy said. "He got in a jam, and I like the way he kept his composure out there and got out of that, first and second, nobody out." More >
"It was real cool for me to see Ty Blach make his debut at home. I'm sure that doesn't happen much, a guy gets to make his debut where he grew up. That was really cool. Ty played for [Steve] Cavnar... at Regis High, I just helped out with the program. You'll never meet a better kid or family. I'm really happy for them today. I was happy we were up already, so I didn't have to pull against him. That was really special for me too. He's a great kid." -- Weiss, on Blach, who went to Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.
"I was 2 1/2 in 1993 when the Rockies made their debut at Mile High Stadium, so I feel like that's one of my earliest memories as a child is sitting there Opening Day in 1993. … There are so many good memories here. It's just awesome to be a part of that and live out my dream." -- Blach, on his big league debut at the stadium where he grew up watching baseball
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The Giants have had four hits or fewer in five straight games, the first time they've done that since at least 1913, which is the extent of available data for Stats, Inc..
RABURN LEAVES THE GAME
Rockies left fielder Ryan Raburn left the game after the fifth inning with a left foot contusion. He is listed as day-to-day.
WHAT'S NEXT Giants: Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (11-9, 4.06 ERA) climbs the hill for the Giants in the Tuesday's middle game of the three-game series at 5:40 p.m. He is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA in two starts against Colorado this season. He's made five appearances (two starts) at Coors Field in his career, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.01 ERA over 22 ⅓ innings.
Rockies: Rookie left-hander Tyler Anderson (5-5, 3.43) will take the mound in the second game of a three-game set against the Giants on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. He has given up two runs in his last two starts over 11 1/3 innings with 15 strikeouts and four walks. However, his ERA is much higher during eight night games (4.31) compared to during seven day games (2.40).