Colorado (73-85) at San Francisco (70-88)

  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Thu Sep 25, 2008
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For the second straight game, the Colorado Rockies used an offensive outburst to take advantage of the San Francisco Giants.

However, it could be hard for Colorado to repeat that performance against Barry Zito.

The Rockies look to complete a three-game road sweep of the Giants, who hand the ball Zito on Thursday night as he tries to win his third straight decision.

Colorado (73-85) tagged NL Cy Young hopeful Tim Lincecum for six runs and six hits over 4 1-3 innings to win Tuesday’s opener 9-4, then roughed up Jonathan Sanchez for seven runs and seven hits over 3 1-3 to roll to a 15-6 victory on Wednesday.

Clint Barmes homered and drove in a season high-tying four runs, Garrett Atkins added a three-run shot and Matt Holliday had three RBIs for the Rockies, who won for the sixth time in their last nine games.

“Everyone in here would like to finish strong and finish out the season,” Barmes said. “I don’t think anyone in here has given up.”

Colorado has batted .261 with 13 homers in 17 games versus San Francisco in 2008, but was unable to solve Zito (10-16, 5.28 ERA) in his only appearance during the season series.

The left-hander gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings of a 9-2 victory at Coors Field on Sept. 3. He’s 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in six all-time starts against the Rockies, holding them to a .200 average.

Though he opened the season 0-8 with a 6.25 ERA in his first nine starts, Zito has been finding success lately. He allowed a run and six hits over 7 2-3 innings of a 7-1 road victory over the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, securing his eighth consecutive season with at least 10 wins.

The Giants have also won six of Zito’s last seven starts - a span in which he is 4-1 with a 4.03 ERA. He aims to win three straight decisions for the first time since May 23-June 4, 2007.

“It’s important to try to take things that are positive out of a year like this for me,” said Zito, who is tied with Cincinnati’s Aaron Harang for the NL lead in losses.

The Giants (70-88), who look to salvage the finale of this series, have dropped seven of their last nine and will face Jorge De La Rosa (9-8, 5.20).

The left-hander is 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA over his last seven starts. He limited Arizona to a run and three hits, while striking out six over six innings of a 3-2 home victory on Friday.

De La Rosa is 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three career starts versus the Giants. He tossed seven shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out six in a 4-0 home victory on Sept. 1.

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Starting Pitchers

J. De La Rosa COL vs. B. Zito OAK
10-8 Record 10-17
4.92 ERA 5.15
128 K 120
62 BB 102
1.46 WHIP 1.60


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