Rockies hold off Giants to avoid 3-game sweep

BY foxsports • September 17, 2009

Both the NL wild-card lead that looked comfortable just a few days ago and the four-run lead that seemed safe at the start of the ninth inning Wednesday night were dwindling with each pitch for the Colorado Rockies.

Then Rafael Betancourt escaped a jam to save the best start of Jorge De La Rosa's career and send the Rockies out of town with a 4-3 victory over San Francisco and a 3 1/2-game lead over the Giants in the wild card.

"Three-and-a-half definitely sounds a lot better in your head than 1 1/2," first baseman Todd Helton said. "It was a big game tonight and we were able to get a win."

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