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Giants hit 3 solo homers in 5-1 win over Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 22, 2014 at 12:40 am •  Published: May 22, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin is getting closer to being back to form. Now a win would be nice to go with good health.

Carlos Gonzalez, however, took a few steps back with his health.

Chacin was sharp despite allowing three runs, including solo homers to Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval, in 5 2-3 innings of the Colorado Rockies' 5-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

It was a positive step for the right-hander despite falling to 0-3 in four starts since coming off the disabled list May 4. Chacin missed the first month of the season with a right shoulder strain but has pitched into the sixth inning in each of his last three outings.

"It was an encouraging outing; he took another step forward," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's done that in each outing but I thought his stuff was much sharper tonight. His velocity was up a couple ticks and I thought all around it was a step forward for him."

Gonzalez had a setback after his left index finger became swollen during the game. He said he had an X-ray after being removed from the game at the end of the seventh inning but nothing was broken.

"Just a lot of swelling," he said. "One of those things I have to deal with and get treatment every day."

Gonzalez has been bothered by the finger for a while. He came out of a game against the Mets on May 1 and sat out the next day before returning to the lineup on May 3.

After Wednesday's game he had the finger wrapped after going 0 for 2 with a walk.

"I lost everything. I can't get a grip, I can't bend my finger so it's really hard to hit," he said. "My first at-bat my finger started swelling again. My second at-bat I walked but the third at-bat it was really bad. When I hit that ball to left field they decided to take me out of the game because it was looking bad."

Even with Gonzalez in the lineup the Rockies couldn't do much against the NL West-leading Giants. Yusmeiro Petit threw three sharp innings after starter Matt Cain left with a strained right hamstring and Brandon Crawford also connected for San Francisco, which won at Coors Field for just the fifth time in 15 games dating back to last season.

Cain didn't allow a hit through three innings, before giving way to Petit (3-1). He and four other relievers limited the best offensive team in the majors to just five hits.

"Cain and Petit pitched to the edges of the plate really well, ran the ball really well," Weiss said. "That was the biggest thing. They didn't throw many pitches in the middle of the plate."

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