(Sports Network) - Lefty Madison Bumgarner aims to end a four-start drought on
Wednesday night when the San Francisco Giants visit Coors Field to wrap up a
three-game series with the host Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies won Monday's opener, 6-1, before the Giants drew even on Tuesday
night when, in his first start in nearly a year, Yusmeiro Petit pitched six
solid innings in a 5-3 triumph.
Petit (1-0) gave up two runs on six hits and three walks to record his first
win since August 27, 2009, when he was a member of the Diamondbacks. Since
then, he's played with Triple-A affiliates for the Mariners and Giants and in
the Mexican League.
Hunter Pence launched a massive two-run home run while Pablo Sandoval hit a
solo shot for the Giants. Marco Scutaro and Hector Sanchez also drove in a run
apiece in the victory.
Charlie Blackmon, Wilin Rosario and DJ LeMahieu each had an RBI for the
Rockies, who saw starter Chad Bettis (0-3) surrender four runs on nine hits
and a walk over six frames.
The Giants won seven of the first 13 games with the Rockies in 2013, though
Colorado took two of three when they last met, from June 28-30, at Coors
Bumgarner, a 16-game winner for last season's World Series champions, was 11-6
after a 4-1 win at Tampa Bay on Aug. 2 in which he allowed a run on seven hits
in seven innings.
He's 0-2 in four outings since, however, including a tough luck 3-1 loss at
Pittsburgh in his last start, during which he scattered seven hits and gave up
three runs in eight innings.
In the last four starts overall, he's allowed 12 runs on 22 hits in 24 innings
while the Giants have been outscored 19-9.
Bumgarner is 7-4 in 14 career starts against Colorado.
He'll be opposed by Venezuelan-born righty Jhoulys Chacin, who seeks a 10th
straight start in which he's allowed three or fewer runs.
The 25-year-old last surrendered more than three on July 4, when he was nicked
for four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 9-5 defeat of the Los Angeles
In nine starts since, he's given up three runs three times, two runs twice and
one run four times while the Rockies have gone 5-4 in the nine games.
Chacin surrendered two runs on four hits in seven innings of his most recent
outing on Aug. 23 in Miami, where Colorado earned a 3-2 victory and Chacin's
ERA dropped a tick from 3.24 to 3.22.
He is 4-5 in 12 career meetings with the Giants.
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