DENVER — The Giants have likely never been so happy to leave Coors Field, and not just because rain turned this into the longest three-day series in years.
Tim Hudson was shelled and the lineup was stymied by Chad Bettis on Sunday as the Giants fell 11-2 in the final game of a four-game series. They won the first two games here, extending their winning streak to eight games, but the final two games of a series delayed over seven hours by rain went down as losses.
Hudson came in with an 0-2 record and 6.80 ERA in nine career outings at Coors Field and the Rockies got ahead with a second-inning run. It got much, much worse. Hudson was knocked out and the game was effectively ended — even at Coors — when the Rockies scored eight runs in the fourth inning.
Three singles, a hit-by-pitch and two grounders got the Rockies two runs and Hudson never could get that third out, which was all-important on a day when the Giants needed him to get deep. Troy Tulowitzki ended Hudson’s day with a two-run single. Jean Machi entered and Nolan Arenado blasted his first pitch deep to left for a three-run homer.
Hudson was charged with eight earned runs for just the sixth time in 466 career starts. The eight runs were the most allowed by the Giants since they gave up eight in the third against the Brewers on April 16, 2013.
Starting pitching report: Hudson’s ERA in 10 career starts at Coors Field: 7.69. His ERA in eight career starts against the Rockies away from Coors Field: 2.15. You figure he won’t mind if his turn doesn’t come around when the Giants come back here in September.
Bullpen report: JEAN MACHI GOT AN AT-BAT. It ended as a strikeout, and then Machi likely became one of the first relievers in history to try to race down to first when the pitch bounced away. He was chased down halfway to the bag. The plate appearance was the fifth of his career.
At the plate: The Giants had one hit in the first seven innings. At Coors Field. They finished with six.
In the field: Joaquin Arias whiffed on Tulowitzki’s grounder to short in the sixth and generally has looked less-than-comfortable defensively this season. The Giants will need him to pick it up, because Arias is now the backup at three infield spots.
Attendance: The Rockies announced a crowd of 34,034 Coloradans. They got mullet hats. They were pretty sweet.
Up next: Three games in Milwaukee, with Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong taking the ball. They’ll face Kyle Lohse (3-4, 5.53), Matt Garza (2-6, 5.71) and Wily Peralta (1-5, 4.00).