But in the bottom of the second, Luis Gonzalez hit a solo shot to right field for the first run of the game.
The game remained scoreless until the fifth when with two outs, Brett Tomko walked Desi Relaford. He then gave up an RBI double to Cory Sullivan to give the Rockies an insurance run.
In the sixth, Lance Niekro hit a solo homer with two down to bring the Giants within 1. Unfortunately, in the bottom of the inning, Greg Atkins hit a home run of his own to make the score 3-1.
Even though the Giants had Yorvit Torrealba on second with only one out in the top of the ninth, the Giants were unable to advance him further.
The Giants, as a team, left 10 men on base.
Lance Niekro went 5-9 in this series, and during that span of time, his average jumped 36 points, from .250 to .286. He hit a triple, a home run, and drove in three in the series.
This loss leaves the Giants six games behind first place San Diego.
SF Dugout Player of the Game: While I am biased in his favor because he autographed my program in Spring Training, Lance Niekro really DOES deserve the honors. He drove in the Giants only run with his home run in the sixth, and he hit a single in the second with Alou on first but the team failed to bring either of the home. He is tied with Pedro Feliz with six home runs this season, but he has only had 77 at-bats compared to Felizs 148.
Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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