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Tuesday, September 10th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (66-79) at San Francisco Giants (65-79), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jorge De La Rosa (16-6, 3.31)
San Francisco - Ryan Vogelsong (3-5, 5.62)
(Sports Network) - Jorge De La Rosa tries to set a new career high for
victories in a season and become the first NL pitcher to reach 17 victories as
he gets the call for the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night against the San
De La Rosa takes the mound for the second contest of this three-game set
having won six straight starts while posting a 3.31 earned run average in that
span. That has lifted his season record to 16-6, matching his career-best win
total set in 2009, to go along with a 3.31 ERA in 29 starts.
The left-hander is tied with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann and Adam
Wainwright of St. Louis for the NL lead in victories. Zimmermann is also in
action on Tuesday.
De La Rosa extended his personal winning streak with a 7-5 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk
over six innings.
"They're good hitters, but after that I made adjustments and kept the ball
down," De La Rosa said on the Rockies' website.
The 32-year-old can match a franchise record for consecutive winning starts
that he set in 2009 from June 21-July 30. That seven-start win streak was
matched by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010.
De La Rosa is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three starts versus the Giants this year
and 8-4 with a 3.60 ERA against them lifetime.
The Giants counter with Ryan Vogelsong, who is coming off his first loss since
returning from a 69-game absence due to a fractured right hand suffered on May
The righty is 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in six starts since his return, but lost for
the first time since May 15 with a setback to Arizona on Thursday. He gave up
four runs -- all in the fifth inning -- over 4 2/3 frames of work.
"He just lost it and had trouble making a pitch," said Giants manager Bruce
Bochy about Vogelsong. "He got the ball up and made some mistakes. He was
doing great heading into that inning."
Vogelsong, 36, is 3-5 with a 5.62 ERA in 15 starts this season and owns career
numbers of 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA versus the Rockies.
The Giants took the opener of this series in 10 innings on Monday as Brandon
Belt singled home the winner in a 3-2 decision.
Belt finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and Buster Posey added a solo homer for the
Giants, winners in three of their last four games. However, the defending
World Series champions were officially eliminated from the race for the NL
West crown despite the victory.
"We want to finish as strong as we can, no matter what situation we're in,"
said Belt. "I believe there's momentum we can gain that we can carry into next
Troy Tulowitzki and Yorvit Torrealba drove in one run apiece for the Rockies,
who have dropped four straight.
"We've struggled to score on the road, that's been a trend here," said Rockies
manager Walt Weiss. "It's something we're tying to solve. When you score two
runs, like we done a handful of times on this trip, it's going to be tough to
The Giants and Rockies split 16 meetings this season ahead of this series,
with San Francisco winning five of six at home.
09/10 10:32:20 ET