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Barnes' inside-the-park homer leads Rockies over Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Barnes is looking forward to the next time a ball jumps off his bat with such force that he can take a nice easy trot around the bases. Until then, he'll have to be satisfied with sprinting around them.

Barnes' two-run, inside-the-park home run with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday stunned San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo for the second straight day and lifted the Rockies to a 5-4 victory at AT&T Park.

"I'd really like to hit one out so I can jog," Barnes said after his second home run of the season, neither of which has been the traditional kind. "But that's just the way I play, and luckily today I got one into a spot where I could get all the way around."

Barnes' low liner into the right-center gap rolled all the way to the wall and just eluded Giants center fielder Angel Pagan. Barnes was at third by the time Pagan's relay throw reached Brandon Hicks, and he slid head-first into home before Hicks' throw arrived.

He became the first Colorado player to hit two inside-the-park home runs in the same season.

Pagan, who was shaded to left-center, slipped and fell just after the ball was hit and was just a step and a half short from keeping the ball from the fence.

"I wish I could make every play for my team," Pagan said. "But you can't always make every play."

Romo had converted all but two of his 22 save attempts before the series began. But he allowed five runs in the ninth inning Friday to turn a two-run lead into an eventual 7-4 loss. Barnes' home run, which followed a two-out soft single to right by center fielder Charlie Blackmon, gave Romo his fourth blown save this season and his third against Colorado.

"There are certain guys that you look at and you know what they want to do," Barnes said. "We know he's going to throw that slider, and we've had some success. So we were confident that we could come through in that final inning."

Romo, whose 20 saves were tied with Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez for the most in the majors entering the day, has blown consecutive saves for the first time in his career.

"I don't feel I could've done anything more," said Romo, who started off the fateful ninth by retiring second baseman DJ LeMahieu and pinch hitter Troy Tulowitzki. "I'm just in disbelief that it happened."

Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins pitched through a botched popup and a replay review in the ninth to earn his 13th save. After third baseman Charlie Culberson and shortstop Josh Rutledge nearly collided and allowed Hector Sanchez's one-out popup to drop, Pagan nearly beat out a double-play grounder to third. Pagan claimed he beat the throw, and manager Bruce Bochy challenged the play, but umpires held up the call after a review.

The Rockies' fourth straight win was their longest since last August. Colorado also recorded its second straight win in San Francisco for the first time since August 2012.

"It shows our fight," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We all know how crazy the games between these two teams are. It often comes down to a few feet or a few seconds, and it was that way again."

Catcher Buster Posey homered, doubled and drove in a season-high three runs for the Giants (43-26). Posey's sacrifice fly against Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino in the eighth inning scored Pagan from third to break a 3-3 tie.

Posey's two-run homer against Colorado starter Christian Bergman with two outs in the fifth inning erased a 3-1 deficit, and his sacrifice fly to right in the eighth scored Pagan for a 4-3 lead.

Right fielder Hunter Pence also homered for the Giants, his eighth against Colorado since the start of the 2013 season. Pagan and left fielder Gregor Blanco each added two hits for San Francisco.

Blackmon and catcher Michael McKenry had three hits for Colorado (33-35), and first baseman Justin Morneau added a single and double. The Rockies ripped five doubles, including Rutledge's run-scoring double in the third that gave Colorado a 3-1 edge against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.

Vogelsong lasted five innings and allowed three runs, the first time in 10 starts that he didn't make it through the sixth. Vogelsong allowed at least one hit in every inning except the fifth, and opponents are hitting .319 against him in his past four outings. He's surrendered 30 hits in his past 23 1/3 innings.

Rockies starter Christian Bergman gave the Rockies six innings, and was pretty stingy save for the homers to Pence and Posey. Bergman, making just his second major-league start retired the side in order only once, allowed eight hits and struck out three.

Colorado -- already without disabled starters Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado -- played the first eight innings without Tulowitzki, who injured the second toe on his right foot Friday. Tulowitzki pinch-hit in the ninth inning and flew out.

NOTES: Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki, the majors' batting leader at .356, was not in the lineup a day after suffering a toe injury on his right foot. X-rays on the second toe Friday night were negative, but manager Walt Weiss said the team wanted to see MRI exam results on the toe before determining when Tulowitzki would return. ... Giants 2B Brandon Hicks, mired in a 4-for-26 slump and batting just .178, was on the bench, and Ehire Adrianza started in his place. He was 2-for-35 in his previous 13 starts. ... Rockies RHP Jorge De La Rosa, who left Friday's start after three innings with a strained back, told reporters he expects to make his next start. ... Giants RHP Santiago Casilla was slated to make a rehab appearance Saturday with Class A San Jose. He struck out the side in his first such appearance on Thursday. Casilla went on the disabled list after straining his right hamstring running to first base on May 21.
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