Giants 5, Rockies 2

Andres Torres talks himself into a positive state of mind no

matter the circumstance. This year, it’s paying dividends.

Torres led off the eighth inning with a go-ahead home run,

helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on

Tuesday night to close within four games of the NL West-leading San

Diego Padres.

”I try to think something positive every time out,” Torres

said. ”I reminded myself to go out and swing hard and stay loose.

Every game from now on is going to be important.”

Buster Posey added a two-run double in the eighth as the Giants

won for the second time in six games. Freddy Sanchez had two hits

and scored twice.

Melvin Mora hit a tying homer and Clint Barmes drove in a run

for the Rockies, who had their three-game winning streak


Jeremy Affeldt (4-3) blew a late lead for the second straight

game but earned his second consecutive win after pitching the

eighth. Brian Wilson worked the ninth for his 37th save.

Matt Belisle (6-5) gave up a run in his third consecutive

appearance after not allowing any in his previous 14 outings.

”You overthink things like this and you dig yourself a bigger

hole,” Belisle said. ”I’ve been through stuff like this before.

The main thing is to maintain my aggression and get right back out


Giants starter Madison Bumgarner is still looking for his first

win at home after allowing a run and five hits over six innings. He

walked three and struck out two.

”They’re creeping back into the race and we need to pull away

from them again,” Bumgarner said. ”It felt good to go out there

and pitch well.”

Bumgarner, winless in six home starts, gave up eight runs in 2

2-3 innings in his last start.

”Madison did a great job of keeping us in the game,” Posey

said. ”He pounded the zone. That was a big boost for us.”

Rockies starter Esmil Rogers went six-plus innings, allowing two

runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out three.

”We did a terrific job and created some opportunities for

ourselves,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ”Andres Torres,

obviously, was the big at-bat, hitting a 3-2 pitch out of the park.

They just beat us.”

Sanchez doubled with one out in the first, went to third on a

groundout by Aubrey Huff and scored on a balk by Rogers, who

fumbled the ball during his delivery after getting his spike caught

in his shoelace.

The Rockies loaded the bases with one out in the second, with

Mora and Ryan Spilborghs each drawing a walk ahead of Miguel

Olivo’s single. Barmes hit a sacrifice fly to tie it at 1.

With two outs in the fifth, Juan Uribe singled and scored on

Bumgarner’s double to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

”My first at-bat I was guessing wrong on every pitch,”

Bumgarner said. ”So I just looked for the fastball and got it. I

might have gotten lucky on that.”

Mora’s two-out homer in the eighth tied it for the Rockies, who

rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the ninth to beat the Giants on

Monday night.

”That was kind of a gut-check,” Posey said. ”Guys came back

and fought hard. That’s what we’re going to have to do.”

Notes: Bumgarner got his first career extra-base hit. …

Sanchez extended his hitting streak to eight games with his

first-inning double. … The Rockies acquired RHP Manny Delcarmen

from Boston for minor league pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller. …

Giants starters were 5-13 with a 5.13 ERA in August.