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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With only a handful of wins over the past two years, the Colorado Rockies have grown to loathe their annual visits to AT&T; Park.
A five-run ninth inning against Giants closer Sergio Romo might just change how manager Walt Weiss’s club views its road trips to San Francisco.
D.J. LeMahieu hit a tiebreaking single after going hitless in his first three at-bats, and the Rockies rallied to beat the Giants 7-4 on Friday night.
“It’s a tough place to play, not only for us but for everybody,” said Weiss, whose club had dropped 15 of 18 at the Giants’ waterfront ballpark.
“The Giants are always tough at home. To win a game like that, not only the first game of the series but the way we won it, (is) big for our club.”
The Rockies had gone five straight innings without a hit before scoring five times off Romo (3-2), who went into the night tied for most saves in the majors.
Troy Tulowitzki had a leadoff single, but was replaced by Charlie Culberson after injuring his foot reaching first base. After Justin Morneau singled, Romo retired Wilin Rosario on a fly to center field. He then intentionally walked Corey Dickerson to load the bases.
Pinch-hitter Ryan Wheeler hit a two-run single before LeMahieu’s soft single to center drove in Dickerson.
“(Romo) does such a good job of keeping the ball down,” Wheeler said. “Even the pitch I hit, I think it was a ball. I hit the barrel and it went up the middle.”
Michael McKenry added an RBI single off George Kontos, and LeMahieu scored while McKenry was caught in a rundown between first and second.
Matt Belisle (1-2) pitched one inning for the win, and LaTroy Hawkins worked the ninth for his 12th save.
“This team knows what to do and we continue to hold each other accountable, but you still have to get it done,” Belisle said. “Tonight, that’s what happened.”
The Rockies had to overcome an injury-shortened night by starter Jorge De La Rosa. The left-hander, who had lost his previous two starts, was forced out of the game after the third inning due to tightness in his lower back.
The Rockies bailed him out with their huge ninth, marking the eighth time this season Colorado has won in its final at-bat.
“They found a way to find the holes,” Romo said following his third blown save this season. “I have no explanation for that other than it was their night. I felt fine. I needed a groundball and it didn’t work out.”
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