Scoring runs remained a tall task for the Giants on Monday night, even at the hitters-friendly Coors Field.
The Rockies churned out six runs while Juan Nicasio, who’s had his highs and lows, tossed six shutout innings. He struck out nine, walked two and yielded just four hits.
Before the Giants avoided the shutout in the ninth, Barry Zito struggled in just four innings of work, allowing five runs on nine hits. Todd Helton and Charlie Blackmon both smacked home runs off the southpaw. Both homers came off hanging curveballs.
Bruce Bochy took Zito out after he allowed two runs in the fourth. Nicasio blooped a single into shallow center field, and Blackmon’s ground ball was too tricky for Marco Scutaro to turn two.
San Francisco wasted a scoring opportunity in the first, when Pablo Sandoval struck out with the bases loaded.
Guillermo Moscoso pitched two scoreless innings following Zito. And Jose Mijares, following Moscoso, logged two scoreless innings despite allowing three hits and an unearned run.