SAN FRANCISCO — The depleted Giants lineup was good for one comeback Friday night, but a second spirited attempt fell short.
Playing without all three starting outfielders for the first time, the Giants lost 8-6 to the visiting Colorado Rockies, falling to 2-2 on the homestand. The Giants trailed by five runs heading into the ninth but brought the winning run to the plate. With two on and two outs, Buster Posey struck out.
Tim Hudson and Chad Bettis matched goose eggs through the first four innings before Andrew Susac jumped on a curveball in the fifth and smacked it to left for a solo homer. The Rockies answered back in the top of the sixth when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez hit back-to-back singles and Nolan Arenado crushed a sinker that didn’t sink into the left field seats.
Hudson knew the pitch was a mistake as soon as he threw it, and he jumped and yelled as the ball rocketed out of the park. The Giants would temporarily get him off the hook. Matt Duffy, Buster Posey and the Brandons all singled with two outs in the sixth as the Giants tied the game.
The lead would last just a few minutes. Hudson was sent back out for the seventh and gave up a one-out single and then a two-out walk. Bochy called on Javier Lopez, who usually is death on left-handers. He gave up a double to the left-handed Gonzalez and then a two-run single to lefty Ben Paulsen.
The Rockies added two runs in the top of the ninth, with Gonzalez picking up his fifth hit and Arenado hitting his second homer.
Three walks and two bloop singles got the park rocking in the bottom of the ninth, but the Giants couldn’t get one last big hit.
Starting pitching report: Hudson pitched well early, but ultimately was charged with five earned on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. It was the second time this season he allowed double-digit hits.
Bullpen report: Gonzalez was just 3-for-19 against Lopez when he lined a double to right. Two batters later, Paulsen bounced a seeing-eye single to left. Left-handed batters had been just 3-for-39 against Lopez coming into this game.
At the plate: Susac has a seven-game hitting streak and three extra-base hits in his last two starts. He’s going to play a lot while the Giants try to figure out how to get by without their starting outfielders.
In the field: This was a small thing, but a hat-tip to Duffy for swallowing a grounder early on when he couldn’t get a clean grip on a ball down the line. Most throwing errors on the left side of the infield come when the players tries to do too much, and Duffy wisely realized that he didn’t need to force a throw with two outs and none on.
Attendance: The Giants announced a sellout. It’s always a sellout.
Up next: Is Tim Lincecum making his last start before the rotation shakeup? The right-hander will try to shake off a rough stretch when he takes on Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.03) in a 1:05 p.m. game.