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Giants-Rockies game suspended in sixth inning

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DENVER -- The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies spent more time waiting out two rain delays Thursday than actually playing. Ultimately, they reached no conclusion when the game was suspended in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied at 2.

The game will be completed before the teams begin their final regular-season series at Coors Field on Sept. 1.

The teams sat through rain delays totaling 2 hours, 46 minutes and played a total of 2:09. The second rain delay, which lasted 1:24, began after Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer singled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. The game will be resumed at that point.

Umpire crew chief Bill Miller met with both managers to discuss the situation and consulted with Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, and Kevin Kahn, Colorado's vice president of ballpark operations. The decision to suspend the game ultimately was made by the commissioner's office.

"The field took a lot of water," Miller said in a statement. "It was going to take 45 minutes to get (the field) ready and another storm was forecast to hit in 30 minutes. Both managers agreed it was best to suspend the game."

The storm that was forecast to hit a half-hour after the game was suspended never arrived.

The first rain delay lasted 1:22. It began at the end of the third inning with the Rockies leading 1-0 and concluded the workday of both starters -- San Francisco's Tim Hudson, who allowed eight baserunners but minimized the damage, and Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa, who didn't give up a hit

"It's a bad break for them," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "De La Rosa was throwing well. I don't think I've seen two guys come out with no-hitters after three innings back-to-back days."

Giants starter Matt Cain left Wednesday night's game after the third with a strained right hamstring.

Hudson was pitching for the first time in 11 days after missing his last start with a left hip strain. He took the mound with an 0-2 record and a 7.41 ERA in six starts at Coors Field, the only National League ballpark where he has never won.

"It's still on my bucket list," Hudson said.

Hudson, who is 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA this season, allowed five hits and two walks and hit a batter with a pitch. He stranded six runners, four in scoring position.

"It was one of those nights where you bob and weave and try to get in the dugout," Hudson said.

Cuddyer's infield single with two outs in the second put the Rockies ahead 1-0. Catcher Wilin Rosario began the inning with a single, and with two outs, Hudson walked center fielder Charlie Blackmon. It was the second walk of the game for Hudson, who walked four in 60 1/3 innings in his previous eight starts. Shortstop Brandon Crawford fielded Cuddyer's grounder in the hole, but his throw was wide of first base.

Hudson gave up consecutive singles to open the third, but he escaped the inning with a flyout and a double-play grounder.

"It could've been a lot worse than it was," Hudson said. "Lot of traffic out there. Got out of a couple jams. To say I was out of sync is probably a little bit of an understatement."

By contrast, De La Rosa, who went 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his previous five starts, continued his roll. He breezed through three innings on 41 pitches, allowing only a one-out walk to right fielder Hunter Pence in the first before catcher Buster Posey grounded into an inning-ending double play.

"Especially with the way I started the season, it feels good for me now," said De La Rosa, who was 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA after his first four starts. "I'm making good pitches."

Right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle replaced De La Rosa in the fourth and gave up two runs. Pence hit his fifth home run, taking an awkward swing at a high slider and driving the ball over the fence in right-center.

"I don't know how he hit that ball," Bochy said. "Backup slider up and he tomahawked it out. That was unlike any home run I've seen in a long time."

Kahnle walked Michael Morse with two outs, and the Giants first baseman scored on third baseman Pablo Sandoval's double.

The Rockies the tied the score at 2 in the fifth against reliever David Huff. Third baseman Nolan Arenado led off with a single, took third on left fielder Corey Dickerson's single and scored when Rosario grounded into a double play.

NOTES: Giants RHP Santiago Casilla, who underwent an MRI exam Wednesday night after suffering a right hamstring strain running to first base, is expected to miss about four weeks with what was diagnosed as a Grade 2 strain. Casilla was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and RHP George Kontos was recalled from Triple-A Fresno. ... San Francisco RHP Matt Cain, who left Wednesday's game after three innings with a right hamstring strain, underwent an MRI exam Thursday. He has a Grade 1 strain and will be treated the next few days to see if he can make his next scheduled start, Monday against the Chicago Cubs. ... Giants C Buster Posey returned to the lineup and went 1-for-3 after missing two games due to nerve irritation in his lower back. ... Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez did not play due to left index inflammation that caused him to leave Wednesday night's game. Gonzalez is listed as day-to-day, and manager Walt Weiss said he didn't think the injury was serious.
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