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Giants edged by Rockies 2-1

  • Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez) (BARRY GUTIERREZ / Associated Press)

DENVER — Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer leading off the fifth and Franklin Morales outdueled Madison Bumgarner, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Troy Tulowitzki also added a solo shot for the Rockies, who have hit seven homers in two nights against the Giants.

Morales (2-1) was masterful on the mound as he allowed five hits over seven innings, which matches the longest outing of his career. The left-hander's only mistake was a hanging slider to Hunter Pence in the fifth. It was Pence's second homer of the season.

LaTroy Hawkins got the final two outs in a rocky ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

Bumgarner (2-2) was nearly as effective as Morales, his only slipups on fastballs to Tulowitzki and Arenado. Bumgarner allowed nine hits in eight innings.

It was the first complete game by a Giants starter in 2014 and third of Bumgarner's career.

Morales hasn't fared all that well against San Francisco in his career, entering the game with a 0-3 mark and a 6.57 ERA. But he handcuffed the Giants most of the game.

He worked his way into a jam in his seventh and final inning when he allowed a two-out double to his counterpart, Bumgarner.

But Morales struck out Angel Pagan with a sinking cutter — his 99th pitch of the night — to end the threat. Morales pumped his fist and let out a scream before heading toward the dugout.

The previous time Morales pitched seven innings was June 28, 2012, at Seattle when he was with Boston.

Things got a little shaky for Colorado in the eighth, when the Giants had runners on first and second with one out. Rex Brothers was summoned and enticed Pablo Sandoval to hit into a double play to quell the rally.

Same thing with the ninth, when Hawkins took over after Brothers got the first out of the inning. Hawkins walked pinch hitter Brandon Crawford and allowed a single to Gregor Blanco, who was also pinch hitting. Hector Sanchez, the third straight pinch hitter, struck out and Pagan bounced out to short to end the comeback bid.

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