SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jon Gray has pitched well enough to win a few ballgames. He’ll have to wait at least one more start for the first one.
Gray pitched allowed one hit over seven innings but was tagged with his fourth no-decision after being lifted for a pinch hitter in a 0-0 game.
Matt Duffy’s RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning off Justin Miller, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.
“It seemed like everything went pretty smooth,” Gray said. “There were some quick innings and guys made plays. I kept it simple, one pitch at a time.”
Gray struck out five and walked two while extending his scoreless streak to 12 innings, but remained without a decision in 13 career starts.
“I’m not too worried about this whole win thing,” he said. “I just want to put up zeroes and the team win.”
Pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie set up the winning hit with a one-out walk against Miller (1-1). After Denard Span walked and Joe Panik struck out swinging, Duffy lined a 1-0 pitch from Miller past Gerardo Parra in left for his second hit of the game.
“He hit it hard and the ball moved a lot,” Parra said. “It’s hard but that’s baseball.”
Derek Law (1-0) earned his first major league victory with a scoreless inning in San Francisco’s fifth win in seven games. Brandon Crawford had two hits and drove in a run.
The teams combined for 19 hits and 14 pitchers in a game that lasted 4 hours, 20 minutes.
Parra, Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Trevor Story had two hits apiece for the Rockies, who have dropped four of six.
“Jonny had an explosive fastball, a really good slider and mixed in his curveball,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Giants starter Jonny Cueto. “That’s an outstanding outing.”
Colorado almost had a rally going in the top half of the 13th when Nolan Arenado walked and Parra followed with a bouncer up the middle. But Panik made a diving stop and an overhead flip with his right hand for the inning-ending force at second.
Arenado was initially ruled safe but the Giants challenged and the call was overturned on replay.
The Rockies ended the scoring drought in the 10th when LeMahieu tripled past a diving Span in center and scored on Tony Wolters’ one-out double.
San Francisco tied it in the bottom of the inning when Brandon Belt led off with a triple and scored on Crawford’s single.
“Three-ball counts are tough,” Weiss said. “You have to throw the ball over the plate and he’s a good hitter.”
DEFENDING THE DIVE
Cueto made a nice play to retire Wolters on a short dribbler in the sixth and avoided what could have been a serious leg injury when Wolters tried to dive between the pitcher’s legs near first base.
Giants: Manager Bruce Bochy said the team is hopeful OF Angel Pagan can return to the lineup early next week. If not, then it is possible Pagan could be headed for the DL.
Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler (0-1) pitches Sunday and is unbeaten in two career starts against San Francisco.
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-1) has won three consecutive games for the first time in his career heading into the series finale against Colorado.
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