DENVER (AP)—There were 15 walks and three wild pitches, and a four-run inning with just one hit. It was about what San Francisco manager Felipe Alou expected for the first game after the All-Star break.
At least his team won.
“It was one of those games you play after the break of three days off,” Alou said. “It wasn’t sloppy, but you have to get it rolling again and get back into playing.”
Colorado led 4-3 headed into the ninth behind five-plus solid innings from Jason Jennings, but Chacon (1-6) couldn’t hold it—again.
Colorado’s closer walked Edgardo Alfonzo to open the ninth, then Marquis Grissom lined a single to right. Pinch-runner Dustan Mohr replaced Alfonzo at second and Neifi Perez moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt.
Chacon got pinch-hitter Deivi Cruz to hit a high chopper to third, but Vinny Castilla’s off-balance throw home wasn’t in time to get Mohr for the tying run. Michael Tucker then lined out to right after Ray Durham walked, but Chacon hit Snow on the left arm to make it 5-4. Two more runs came in on a wild pitch and catcher Charles Johnson’s throwing error.
“It was like two teams coming back from three days off,” Snow said. “All-Star blues or something, I don’t know. It was good to win.”
It wouldn’t have been possible without another poor outing by Chacon.
The right-hander had shown signs of regaining his form after a miserable stretch in May and June, closing out his last seven save chances. But against the Giants, Chacon went back to having trouble with his control, walking two and throwing a wild pitch for his seventh blown save in 27 chances.
“The break wasn’t a factor. I had nothing,” said Chacon, who threw just 11 strikes in 26 pitches. “I couldn’t find my arm slot. A lot of my pitches I threw from the side were way off. The ball seemed to be cutting a lot. I didn’t have any command of my fastball.”
Jim Brower (6-5) got one out in the eighth to pick up the win, the Giants’ fourth straight.
Matt Herges gave up an RBI single to Castilla with two outs in the ninth to make it 7-5, but Alou pulled his closer so left-hander Scott Eyre could face Larry Walker. Eyre had blown his four save chances this season, but got Walker on a weak grounder to first to end the game.
“If this were the weekend or next week, I wouldn’t have replaced Herges,” Alou said. “But neither Herges or Eyre has pitched in a while, and Herges wasn’t really that sharp. If we were going to make a mistake with Walker, a lefty was going to make that mistake.”
The Rockies at least stuck to their plan to keep Barry Bonds from beating them.
Colorado intentionally walked San Francisco’s slugger three times and the Giants stranded 14 baserunners—seven after the walks to Bonds—before breaking through in the ninth. Bonds was 1-for-3 and struck out twice, including with the bases loaded in the ninth.
“We were able to pitch around Bonds and put the onus on some other people,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
Jennings worked through trouble just as he has most of the season, allowing at least two baserunners in each of the first four innings.
San Francisco got a run in the second on Durham’s RBI single, and consecutive run-scoring singles by Tucker and Snow in the fourth put the Giants up 3-2.
But just as he had over the past month, Jennings pitched well enough to give the Rockies a chance. He was pulled with two outs and a runner on second in the sixth after allowing three runs on nine hits.
“Jennings, without his good command, got through it,” Hurdle said.
Giants starter Jerome Williams had a similar outing.
He threw 34 pitches and gave up two runs in the first, steadied himself over the next three innings, then gave up a two-run homer to Walker—his fourth— in the fifth that put the Rockies up 4-3.
Williams was lifted for a pinch hitter to lead off the sixth after giving up three earned runs on seven hits.
“At the beginning, he looked like he was suffering from the altitude,” Alou said. “Something wasn’t right with him, but then he started pitching a little better.”
Snow took a hit away from Walker in the third with a diving stop down the line at first. 2B Durham followed with an over-the-shoulder catch toward the line in right to rob Preston Wilson. … Perez is 8-for-14 in his career against Jennings after going 2-for-3 on Thursday. … Of Walker’s 15 hits this season, 12 have been for extra bases. … Bonds’ single tied him with Max Carey (2,665) for 59th on baseball’s career list.