Rockies beat Giants 11-6 at Coors Field

Posted at 10:53 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 00:53:45-04

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa was asked about his hitting, but all he wanted to talk about was his pitching.

It was understandable after he struggled in his first two outings, but the left-hander bounced back with a vintage Coors Field start.

De La Rosa had two hits, drove in two runs and pitched into the seventh inning to lead the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants 11-6 on Thursday.

De La Rosa (1-1) allowed four runs -- three earned -- struck out seven and walked one in 6 2/3 innings to win his 49th game at Coors Field. He was coming off a Saturday outing against San Diego in which he gave up seven runs in four innings.

"That was more like Jorge," manager Walt Weiss said. "I thought he used his fastball a little better today. He still had his changeup, a real good one, but I thought that he pitched with his fastball better than he had the previous two outings. We needed some length out of that start today."

Weiss said De La Rosa's slow start has "been part of his history" but that he picks it up after a couple of starts. He proved that Thursday by dropping his ERA from 12.46 to 8.80.

"I feel like I threw much better than the first two games," De La Rosa said. "Command was much better today."

Brandon Belt homered for the second straight game for the Giants, who are dealing with multiple injuries after this series. Reliever Sergio Romo, who flew back to San Francisco to get his sore elbow examined, was diagnosed with a strained right flexor tendon. Shortstop Brandon Crawford left the game in the seventh with a sore left hip.

"He has a left hip flexor and it flared up on him," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Catcher Buster Posey returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised right foot. He left the game in the bottom of the seventh as a precaution.

The Giants might have felt better by winning the series, but De La Rosa was tough on their lineup. He didn't give up a hit through the first three innings to keep up with San Francisco starter Matt Cain, who retired 12 of his first 13 batters.

De La Rosa's bases-loaded wild pitch put San Francisco ahead in the fourth, and two defensive gems by third baseman Nolan Arenado and another by first baseman Mark Reynolds prevented more runs.

Colorado then scored nine runs in the fifth, when Gerardo Parra led off with his first homer for the Rockies. Reynolds had two doubles, the second a three-run drive to center, and Arenado had a two-run double off the wall in left.

De La Rosa helped himself when he blooped a two-run single into right for a 3-1 lead.

"We got the lead with that single," he said. "It's always good to get RBI."

Cain allowed six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, and Colorado scored three more runs off Chris Heston. The nine runs were the Rockies' most in one inning against San Francisco.

"The inning caught up with him," Bochy said of Cain.

San Francisco chased De La Rosa in its three-run seventh and loaded the bases against Justin Miller. Posey had a chance to make it a one-run game with a home run but grounded out.

Belt's two-run homer in the eighth -- awarded after video review -- made it 9-6, but Carlos Gonzalez answered with a two-run double in the bottom half. Gonzalez pumped his fist in celebration after trotting into second.

"They know how to come back and win games," Gonzalez said. "To get that big hit, it's about getting two on the board and feeling comfortable again."

Gonzalez has hit safely in all nine games this season and extended his hitting streak to 19 games dating back to last year.