- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Franklin Morales didn’t try to paint corners or make perfect pitches.

Instead, his strategy was relatively simple: Just pitch the ball and see what happens.

In this instance, a lot of good things.

Morales was masterful on the mound as he outdueled Madison Bumgarner, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

“Frankie’s a tough competitor,” manager Walt Weiss said. “He was absolutely huge tonight.”

Morales (2-1) knew it was his night when he unleashed his first sinker and it danced all over the place. He decided right then and there that he wasn’t going to be too fine with his splitter or his cutter or even his sinker, just let the pitch do what it naturally does.

The hard-throwing lefty allowed five hits over seven innings, which matches the longest outing of his career. His only mistake was a hanging slider to Hunter Pence in the fifth, which he hit for a homer.

“I wanted to make sure the hitter is uncomfortable with my pitches,” Morales said.

Bumgarner (2-2) was nearly as effective as Morales, his only slipups on fastballs that Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado hit for homers, with Arenado’s solo shot in the fifth putting the Rockies ahead for good. Bumgarner allowed nine hits in eight innings.

It was the first complete game by a Giants starter in 2014 and third of Bumgarner’s career.

“I’m not frustrated for myself. We should be winning all these games right now, but just going through a rough patch,” said Bumgarner, whose team has dropped five of six. “It’s just about getting out of it as quick as you can.”

Morales hasn’t fared all that well against San Francisco in his career, entering the game with a 0-3 mark and a 6.57 ERA. But he handcuffed the Giants most of the game.

He worked his way into a jam in his seventh and final inning when he allowed a two-out double to his counterpart, Bumgarner.

Morales struck out Angel Pagan with a sinking cutter - his 99th pitch of the night - to end the threat. Morales pumped his fist and let out a scream before heading toward the dugout.

“All game I was throwing only fastballs away to (Pagan),” Morales explained. “I was like, ‘OK, it’s time to throw my cutter down and in. He’s not looking for that pitch.’”

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