Giants 6, Rockies 4

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DENVER (AP)—Seeing hitter-friendly Coors Field for the first time while charting pitches Tuesday night, Sidney Ponson told his manager he thought it looked like a pitcher’s park.

One night later, he pitched as if it were.

Ponson took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants handed the Colorado Rockies their fifth straight loss, 6-4 Wednesday night.

“Ponson still believes this is a pitcher’s place,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “I don’t know if he was kidding. He had good stuff and a good sinker, even here where sinkers don’t sink much. His slider was good, too. I took him out with a 6-1 lead.”

Jeffrey Hammonds hit a two-run homer for the Giants, who won for the seventh time in eight tries following a six-game losing streak. Rich Aurilia also had two RBIs.

The Giants were again without slugger Barry Bonds, who remains on the bereavement list following the death of his father, Bobby, on Saturday.

Ponson (2-3) allowed one run and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.

He said he relied on his “movement—sinker in, slider away, up and down on the changeup. I kept the ball down in the zone, and that’s what helped me today.

“I can’t really say that this park is this or that. You have to come here more than once. But I am never intimidated anywhere I go. I have to pitch my game. I’m going to win with it and I’m going to lose with it. Today I won.”

Making his fifth start for the Giants since being acquired from Baltimore on July 31, the right-hander took a no-hit bid into the fifth, when Larry Walker doubled with one out.

Todd Helton got the Rockies’ second hit, a one-out single in the seventh, but was erased on Preston Wilson’s double-play grounder.

Colorado got a solo homer in the eighth from Jay Payton, his 20th. After two more hits, Ponson gave way to reliever Joe Nathan, who got out of the inning.

The Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth against Matt Herges and Jason Christiansen. Payton hit an RBI single off Tim Worrell and pinch-hitter Chris Stynes added a two-run single, but Worrell struck out Greg Norton with two on for his 29th save in 35 chances.

“They made a game out of it,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of his players. “They got back into a game that probably a lot of people thought they had no business getting into.

“Offensively, we’re struggling collectively. But they haven’t quit all year.”

Colorado starter Jose Jimenez (1-7) went five innings, allowing eight hits and five runs.

“I made a couple of mistakes,” Jimenez said. “Barry isn’t here, but you still have to make your pitches. They’re big league hitters over there.”

The Giants, whose only hit through three innings was an infield single, jumped on Jimenez for three runs on five hits in the fourth.

Hammonds led off with a double into the left-field corner. Marquis Grissom hit a bloop single, and Andres Galarraga lined an RBI single to center. Benito Santiago followed with an RBI single to left. After Edgardo Alfonzo grounded into a double play, Aurilia hit a run-scoring single.

With two outs in the fifth, Eric Young was hit by a pitch, and Hammonds hit a 428-foot homer to left-center, his fourth.

Alfonzo doubled off Adam Bernero with two outs in the eighth and scored onAurilia’s double.

Notes

The Rockies placed RHP Chin-hui Tsao on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of LHP Jesus Sanchez from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Tsao strained his left hamstring while running the bases in his last start Saturday. … Giants backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba was placed on the bereavement list so he could travel to Venezuela for his grandmother’s funeral. C Alberto Castillo, who had been on a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Fresno, was activated from the disabled list. … The Rockies are 3-5 on their nine-game homestand and will finish with a losing homestand for the first timethis season.

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