OC­TO­BER Gi­ants top Rock­ies, keep pace in Wild Card

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - SPORTS -

SAN FRAN­CISCO (AP) – Johnny Cueto pitched seven un­even in­nings for his 18th win and the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants beat the Colorado Rock­ies 7-2 on Thurs­day night, set­ting up a wild race to the fin­ish for the NL wild card.

With three games left the Gi­ants are one game be­hind the idle New York Mets and one game ahead of St. Louis. The Car­di­nals beat Cincin­nati on Thurs­day.

San Fran­cisco hosts the Los An­ge­les Dodgers be­gin­ning tonight, the Car­di­nals play Pitts­burgh at home and the Mets close out the reg­u­lar sea­son in Philadel­phia.

Cueto (18-5) over­came a shaky start in his first ap­pear­ance since be­ing side­lined more than a week with a groin strain. The All-Star right-han­der matched his sea­son high of 11 strike­outs, al­lowed two runs, nine hits and walked one to beat the Colorado for the third time this sea­son.

Conor Gil­laspie, Angel Pa­gan and Bran­don Craw­ford had two hits apiece to help the Gi­ants bounce back af­ter get­ting shut out a night ear­lier.

Nolan Are­nado had two hits and an RBI for Colorado, which was elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention over the week­end and has dropped eight of 10.

On a night when St. Louis ral­lied to win on a walkoff hit in the ninth, San Fran­cisco staged its own come­back.

Are­nado hit an RBI dou­ble in the first and scored on David Dahl’s triple to put the Rock­ies up 2-0.

The Gi­ants tied it with two runs in the fourth then went ahead in the sixth with help from Colorado’s de­fense. The Rock­ies com­mit­ted two er­rors, in­clud­ing a wild throw by third base­man Are­nado on Cueto’s one-out bunt sin­gle that al­lowed two runs to score.

Colorado starter Jon Gray (1010) al­lowed five runs over 5 ⁄ in­nings and left shortly af­ter he ap­peared to get hit in the right an­kle by Craw­ford’s line drive in the sixth.

TAK­ING NO CHANCES Gi­ants man­ager Bruce Bochy used four re­liev­ers to record the fi­nal six outs. One-time closer San­ti­ago Casilla was not among them. In­stead, Ser­gio Romo pitched the ninth and re­tired Charles Black­mon on a fly ball to end it.

TRAINER’S ROOM INF Ed­uardo Nunez is mak­ing slight progress from a mild ham­string strain but could still miss the wild card round of the play­offs if San Fran­cisco makes it that far. Nunez has not played since Sept. 25.

UP NEXT LHP Madi­son Bum­gar­ner (14-9) pitches the se­ries opener against the Dodgers tonight. Bum­gar­ner is win­less over his pre­vi­ous four starts and has a 4.21 ERA dur­ing that span.

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