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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies can do no wrong at Coors Field. The San Francisco Giants can't do much right lately wherever they play.

The Rockies beat the Giants 2-1 on Tuesday, thanks in large part to an effective start by left-hander Franklin Morales.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and third baseman Nolan Arenado homered for the Rockies, who improved to 4-1 on the homestand, which ends Wednesday, and 8-3 overall at home this season.

The weak-hitting Giants lost for the fifth time in six games. They have scored only 12 runs in their past seven games. The Giants went hitless in nine at-bats with a runner in scoring position, leaving them 3-for-40 in such situations in their past six games. Additionally, the Giants, who are 11-10 overall, have dropped five of their past six games on the road after beginning the season 5-1 away from AT&T Park.

Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner gave up the homers to Tulowitzki in the fourth and Arenado in the fifth while throwing a complete game despite getting the loss. It was the third complete game of his career and his first since Aug. 14, 2012, against Washington.

Adam Ottavino took over for Morales in the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to right fielder Hunter Pence, who had homered in the fifth. Michael Morse also singled off Ottavino with one out in the eighth.

Left-hander Rex Brothers came on to face switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval, making him bat right-handed. Sandoval grounded Brothers' first pitch to Tulowitzki, who started an inning-ending double play. Brothers happily pumped his fist as he started off the mound.

Brothers got left-handed-hitting Brandon Belt to hit a bouncer back to him leading off the ninth, and Brothers was then relieved by closer LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins walked pinch hitter Brandon Crawford and gaveup a single to pinch hitter Gregor Blanco. But Hawkins struck out pinch hitter Hector Sanchez and got center fielder Angel Pagan to ground to shortstop to preserve Morales' win and earn his sixth save.

Morales matched a personal milestone Tuesday and advanced his cause for staying in the rotation.

He pitched seven innings for the second time in 26 career starts. His other seven-inning outing was June 28, 2012, while pitching for the Boston Red Sox at Seattle.

After giving up a home run to Pence, Morales retired the next five batters before Bumgarner doubled into the left-field corner with two out in the seventh. But Morales struck out Pagan, the final batter he faced.

Morales allowed five hits and one run in seven innings with two walks and seven strikeouts and threw 67 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

Rockies starters Jhoulys Chacin and Brett Anderson are on the disabled list, with Chacin headed toward an early May return. Morales may yet end up in the bullpen, where he would give the Rockies a third left-hander. But all he can do is keep pitching well and make the team's decision difficult. Morales has won two straight starts, allowing nine hits and two runs in 13 innings with three walks and 12 strikeouts.

Arenado extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games when he connected off Bumgarner leading off the bottom of the fifth.

Arenado's fourth homer of the season gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead after Pence, who had four hits in his past 23 at-bats, homered with two out in the top of fifth against Franklin Morales. It was Pence's second homer of the season.

Colorado had scored its first run when Tulowitzki led off the fourth with his third homer of the season. He came into the game leading the majors with a home batting average of .609 (14-for-23).

Catcher Wilin Rosario and first baseman Justin Morneau followed with singles, but Bumgarner got center fielder Drew Stubbs to ground into a double play. After intentionally walking second baseman DJ LeMahieu, Bumgarner fielded Morales' bunt, but first baseman Belt dropped Bumgarner's throw. Bumgarner escaped when right fielder Brandon Barnes flied to right.

Morales pitched out of trouble in the second and fourth. With runners on first and third and one out in the second, he struck out shortstop Ehire Adrianza and Bumgarner.

After giving up a one-out double to Sandoval in the fourth and walking Belt, Morales got second baseman Joaquin Arias to ground into a force play and Adrianza to pop to shortstop.

NOTES: Giants LHP David Huff (left quad strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and OF Juan Perez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno. ... Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon, a left-handed hitter who homered twice Monday and entered Tuesday leading the National League with a .411 average, was not in the lineup against LHP Madison Bumgarner. Blackmon was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against Bumgarner. ... Rockies RHP Tommy Kahnle tied a franchise record with five strikeouts in two innings Monday. It was the sixth time that had been done and first since Adam Ottavino on June 28, 2012.
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