DENVER -- Bailing out a beleaguered bullpen, rookie Raimel Tapia propelled the Rockies to a walk-off, 10-9 win over the Giants on Thursday to regain sole possession of first place in the National League West.With two on and one out, Tapia laced an 0-1 curveball into right off Hunter Strickland,
DENVER -- Bailing out a beleaguered bullpen, rookie Raimel Tapia propelled the Rockies to a walk-off, 10-9 win over the Giants on Thursday to regain sole possession of first place in the National League West.
With two on and one out, Tapia laced an 0-1 curveball into right off Hunter Strickland, and Mark Reynolds charged home from second to secure the win, beating a throw from Hunter Pence. Tapia, who began 2017 in an 0-for-15 skid, is now 8-for-his-last-13 and was the significant contributing factor in a Rockies win for the second day in a row.
"I feel really good," Tapia said through an interpreter. "In the moment it's really exciting, but I also feel excited when it's on TV for my family to see it and be proud of me and to be able to see it again is really special."
Trailing, 9-1, after six innings, the Giants rallied against a weathered Rockies bullpen, eventually tying the score as they kept Greg Holland from picking up what would've been his MLB-best 24th save.
"They did a great job. I'm good with what happened tonight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
"I made some mistakes, especially with two strikes, that I typically don't make and [the Giants] beat me with them," Holland said. "But they picked me up. The Rockies picked me up today. That's a sign of a good team. It was really cool to get that walk-off atmosphere at home. As much as I hate giving up runs, saving the back and the rest of our bullpen, it was a neat scenario."
The struggling Giants had reason for concern in the seventh inning when their best offensive contributors -- Eduardo Nunez (left hamstring tightness) and Buster Posey (left ankle inflammation) -- left the game within minutes of each other. Of all oddities the decimated Giants have experienced, Posey injured himself on a two-run homer and Nunez pulled up lame on an infield single. But their injuries were not considered serious and both are expected to miss no more than two games.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Story's save: With the Rockies saddled in a two-out, bases-loaded jam, Trevor Story sprinted to a snow-cone catch on Denard Span's flare to end the second, saving at least two runs and bailing out starter Jeff Hoffman -- and against the shift, to boot. Hoffman had just issued the first career walk to pitcher Matt Moore, who in turn picked up just his fourth career RBI. Story took a moment to regroup after the hard fall, but it appeared to only have knocked the wind out of him, as he remained in the game until the seventh inning, when he was replaced by Pat Valaika with a six-run lead.
Said Span, "I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.' … That's just the story, pun intended, of how the season's been."
Bullpen blunders: The Rockies bullpen surrendered eight earned runs in a nine-inning game for the third time this season; only the Twins and Mariners have done so as many times. Holland's saves streak was snapped as the club's second-longest, behind Huston Street's 26 straight saves in 2009.
"If you go back and look at the pitches we threw late in the game, not good. Not good pitches," Black said. "We didn't pitch well from the sixth inning on, and if you go out there and ask every one of those guys, they'll tell you the same thing. So it's not the ballpark. It's the pitches. … If you look at gamelogs, other cities, other games, where funky things happen, they're happening."
"He's fine. Have you been around this cat? This cat is fine. This cat has got confidence. He's fine." -- Black, on Tapia's composure in high-leverage moments
The Giants' defense didn't do Moore many favors. Posey committed two throwing errors, marking his first multiple-error game since April 8, 2012. Right fielder Pence misjudged DJ LeMahieu's second-inning fly ball, resulting in a single that helped fuel the Rockies' four-run outburst. Pence also struggled with an elusive carom on Blackmon's third-inning drive. It went for a triple.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Umpires reviewed a ninth-inning ruling which held that Span was tagged out at home plate after Holland's 2-2 pitch trickled a few feet away from catcher Tom Murphy. Span hesitated slightly between third base and home. "I think that was the difference between me being safe and out," Span admitted. All that really mattered was the result of the video review, which held that the call stands.
Giants: Right-hander Jeff Samardzija will make his 14th start of the season when he confronts Colorado in Friday's rematch. He has compiled a 2-1 record with a 3.63 ERA in seven career appearances at Coors Field.
Rockies: Right-handed rookie Antonio Senzatela will continue his All-Star bid Friday in what will be his third outing against the Giants; he's pitched seven innings in each of the previous two. The 22-year-old has exhibited a Coors Field confidence through eight home starts, carrying a 6-1 record with a 3.18 ERA.
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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.