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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, May 21st (All times Eastern)

San Francisco Giants (28-18) at Colorado Rockies (26-20), 8:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Matt Cain (1-3, 3.92) Colorado - Jhoulys Chacin (0-2, 4.76)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies will try to move closer to the top spot in the National League West when they resume a three-game series versus the division-leading San Francisco Giants Wednesday at Coors Field.

The Rockies pulled within two games of the Giants with Tuesday's 5-4 win thanks to Nolan Arenado's game-winning two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning off Giants closer Sergio Romo. Arenado scored star teammates Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez with two out in the frame and helped the Rockies to their third win in four tries.

"That's a great at-bat against one of the better right-handers in the game," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We put together a great inning against a guy who's as close to automatic as there is. That's a tough position, staring back at a guy like that."

Arenado finished with three hits and Wilin Rosario hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning. LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for the win and starting pitcher Franklin Morales gave up three runs in six innings.

Prior to the contest, the Rockies activated outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list and he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The Rockies are 16-6 at Coors Field this season and 7-0-0 in their seven home series. They will send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound Wednesday in hopes of winning this set with the Giants and the right-hander is 0-2 with a 4.76 earned run average in three starts.

Chacin lost at Kansas City last Wednesday in a 3-2 setback and was touched for all three runs and seven hits in six innings. Chacin has made 14 appearances (13 starts) in his career against San Francisco, going 5-5 with a 3.38 ERA.

San Francisco has dropped three of its last four games and had a 3-1 lead at one point last night. Madison Bumgarner drew the start and did not factor in the outcome after he permitted three runs in six innings like Morales. Both starters struck out six batters and walked one.

Romo, of course, absorbed the loss for allowing Arenado's walk-off double.

"That's just tough luck," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a game of inches man and we just missed."

Gregor Blanco tripled and drove in two runs, while Hunter Pence and Tyler Colvin had two hits and an RBI apiece. Buster Posey did not play because of nerve irritation in his lower back and is day-to-day. He sustained the injury in Sunday's win over Miami.

"Buster needs a day (off)," Bochy said on the club's website. "He might need a couple. We'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Matt Cain will try to pitch the Giants to a win when he takes the mound Wednesday and won for the first time this season the last time out in a 6-4 win over the Marlins last Thursday. Cain allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked three.

Cain, a right-hander, improved to 1-3 in seven starts with a 3.92 ERA. The Giants are 2-5 when Cain starts this season and he is 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in two starts against Colorado this season. In 33 career starts in this series, Cain has a 17-8 record to go along with a 3.35 ERA. His 17 wins against Colorado are the most versus any other opponent.

The Rockies are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings with the Giants at Coors Field and have won four of the seven matchups this season.

05/21 10:27:39 ET