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The Associated Press

The Colorado Rockies' offense got off to a slow start this season, but they broke out of their slump in a big way in their last contest.

Jamie Moyer is hoping they saved some runs for Thursday.

The 49-year-old left-hander makes his second start when Colorado hosts the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game set.

Colorado was outscored 20-10 while dropping three of its first four games, and was shut out 7-0 by the Giants in its home opener Monday.

The Rockies, who were blanked only three times at Coors Field all of last season, responded with a 17-8 victory Wednesday, sparked by two triples, a career-high four runs scored and four RBIs from Carlos Gonzalez.

Colorado (2-3) scored 16 runs in the first five innings, including seven in the fifth after San Francisco (1-4) had a seven-run fourth to take a brief lead.

Gonzalez had gone 0 for 11 with six strikeouts in his previous three games against the Giants, who had won five straight in Denver before Wednesday's defeat.

"That's a pretty good way to break out offensively," manager Jim Tracy said. "That put a smile on a lot of peoples' faces tonight."

Moyer would appreciate if his teammates could provide more offense Thursday as he looks to bounce back from a rough outing while trying again to become the oldest MLB pitcher ever to win a game.

He allowed four runs - three earned - in five innings of a 7-3 loss at Houston on Saturday, yielding a leadoff home run in his first start since 2010 following Tommy John surgery.

Moyer has posted a 6.88 ERA while losing his last three outings against San Francisco, which hopes to have Buster Posey back in the lineup.

The catcher is dealing with shingles and was replaced in Wednesday's lineup by Hector Sanchez, who went 1 for 5 with a pair of RBIs.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey should play Thursday.

"It's been getting better every day. If we were in September he could go out there and play but with the day game (Thursday) I thought let Hector have this evening and let (Posey) play tomorrow," Bochy said. "With the shingles I don't know if he could go both games. I guess it's quite painful and I changed the lineup."

Nate Schierholtz homered twice Wednesday, but ace Tim Lincecum threw 76 pitches in 2 1-3 innings and was charged with six runs.

Madison Bumgarner will take the mound next for the Giants after allowing four runs in four innings of a 5-4 loss to Arizona on Saturday.

"If you make mistakes to guys, that's what they are going to do," Bumgarner said. "If I just made pitches I probably wouldn't have to worry about it."

The left-hander has been stellar in his last five meetings with the Rockies, going 2-1 with a 0.82 ERA. In his only start at Coors Field in that stretch, he allowed an unearned run in seven innings of a 9-1 victory Sept. 16.

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