Gonzalez, Rockies power past fading Giants
(The Sports Xchange) - Carlos Gonzalez continued his home run barrage and Chris Rusin threw a complete game Thursday night as the Colorado Rockies pounded the fading San Francisco Giants 11-3.
Gonzalez, who hit two homers and had seven RBIs on Wednesday, hit a two-run homer in the Rockies' four-run first and belted another two-run shot in the four-run third as the Rockies strafed starter Ryan Vogelsong.
"I just stunk," said Vogelsong (9-11) who left after the first three batters reached base in the fourth and allowed a career-high tying 11 hits and eight runs.
"Didn't command the heater, breaking ball was up. Just didn't throw well at all."
Rusin threw his second complete game in four starts and just the third for Colorado this season.
He is the first Rockies pitcher to throw two complete games in a season since Ubaldo Jimenez and Jhoulys Chacin both threw two in 2011 and the first Rockies pitcher to throw two complete games at Coors Field in one season since Aaron Cook in 2008.
The loss was the sixth straight and ninth in 12 games for the Giants, who were swept in three games at Dodger Stadium to begin their current 10-game road trip.
The Rockies, who banged out a season-high 19 hits, are 4-2 in their past six games, their best stretch since the All-Star break.
Gonzalez tied franchise records for the most home runs (four) and RBIs (11) in consecutive games. Continued...