Romo at a loss following 2nd straight blown save

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sergio Romo was almost speechless after giving up five runs in the ninth inning Friday. The Giants' closer was even more stunned a day later when he blew another save.

Brandon Barnes hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run off Romo to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 win and hand stumbling San Francisco its fifth loss in six games.

"I had two outs, one pitch away again ... and they found a way to stay alive," Romo said. "They got me again. What can I do?"

Romo went into the day tied for the most saves in the majors and was on the verge of notching his 21st of the season when Charlie Blackmon singled with two outs. Barnes then lined a hit to center field that San Francisco's Angel Pagan misplayed, allowing the ball to skip to the fence as Blackmon and Barnes raced around the bases.

It marked the first time in Romo's career that the closer had blown consecutive save opportunities. He has four blown saves overall this season.

"That's a tough one for Sergio," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was throwing the ball well. So many good things have happened to us ... now, we've hit a bump in the road so it's going to be important that we handle this well."

Buster Posey's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning had given the Giants a 4-3 lead. Posey also doubled and homered to finish with a season-high three RBIs — the most by San Francisco's two-time All-Star in more than 11 months.

Hunter Pence hit his ninth home run of the year while Gregor Blanco had three hits for San Francisco.

It wasn't enough to prevent the Giants' fifth loss in six games.

Barnes is the fourth opposing player to hit an inside-the-park home run at AT&T Park.

"I saw it get by him (Pagan) and I just turned my head and kept going," Barnes said. "My legs were getting a little heavy at third I just kept trying to grind it out."

Rex Brothers (3-4) pitched one inning for the win and became the 76th pitcher in history to strike out the side on nine pitches. LaTroy Hawkins worked the ninth for his 13th save, although he had to wait to celebrate.

Pagan appeared to ground into a game-ending double play and several Rockies players came out of the dugout to celebrate. Bochy, who successfully overturned a call earlier in the game, again challenged the ruling. After a brief review, the umpires upheld the original call.