Torres’ homer leads Giants to 5-2 win over Rockies
SAN FRANCISCO – Andres 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.
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 snapped.
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.
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.
Rockies starter Esmil Rogers went six-plus innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out three.
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 appearing to trip over his shoelaces.
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.
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.
Notes: Bumgarner recorded 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.