White homers, Rockies beat Giants 6-5 to stop skid
DENVER (AP) — Colorado pitcher Alex White was happy with his big swing at the plate. He just wanted to last a little longer on the mound.
White hit his first major league home run to help the Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Monday night, snapping a five-game skid that included four one-run losses.
Despite allowing only one run with no walks, White went just four innings. He threw 47 strikes among his 76 pitches, the approximate limit the Rockies have for their starters. It was the eighth straight start in which he has failed to pitch five innings.
"I throw pitches. I'm not sure that's going to change," White said. "I'm sure there'll be exceptions to that where I come out some nights and just be outstanding. But I think with more pitches, six, seven innings is not unrealistic. But we get 75 right now. We all do. So we kind of just try to do our jobs."
The Rockies finally beat Ryan Vogelsong (12-8), who was 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in six previous starts against them. The loss was just the second for the Giants in their past 10 road games. San Francisco's lead in the NL West was trimmed to five games over the idle Los Angeles Dodgers.
Vogelsong had never allowed a home run to an opposing pitcher before White belted a 1-2 fastball into the left-field stands with two outs in the second. The drive came after White hit a long foul ball to left field. He and fellow pitcher Tyler Chatwood, who went 2 for 2 with an RBI on Sunday at Philadelphia, have a little hitting competition, and after the foul ball, White said he glanced at Chatwood in the dugout.
"You don't miss pitches like that, because you usually only get one," White said. "I think he was trying to come in and just missed up again with the fastball and I was able to put the barrel on it."
White's homer was the second by a Rockies pitcher this season. Drew Pomeranz hit one May 7 at San Diego.
White gave up a homer to Hunter Pence in the second. Buster Posey hit a two-run shot in the seventh off Rex Brothers that cut Colorado's lead to 6-4.
The Giants pulled within one in the eighth. Brandon Crawford drew a one-out walk from Matt Belisle, pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff singled and Angel Pagan followed with an RBI double, his third hit of the game.
Belisle got out of the jam by retiring Marco Scutaro on a grounder to first and Pablo Sandoval on a fly to left.
"I was a little up in the zone, a little off tonight," Belisle said. "The one run got across, so I had a job to get done. Obviously there was a base open with (Scutaro). He's a contact guy. I'm not trying to trick anybody there. He didn't bite at the first two, and it was 2-0. I didn't want to play around. I just threw a heater down and away. The groundball worked out because it went right to (first baseman Jordan Pacheco)."
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