DENVER, CO - Juan Nicasio tossed six scoreless innings as theColorado Rockies blanked the San Francisco Giants, 5-0, in the finale of afour-game set from Coors Field.
Nicasio (4-1) was spotted an early lead when Carlos Gonzalez singled home EricYoung Jr., who singled and stole second to start the bottom of the first. Theyoung Colorado pitcher fanned five and gave up just three hits to give theRockies their third win over their division rival of the series.
Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki contributed two RBI apiece while Dexter Fowlerhad a season-best four hits -- all singles -- to go with two runs scored.Fowler finished the series with 10 hits and seven runs.
Barry Zito (3-3) surrendered all five runs and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings forhis second straight loss.
Colorado tacked on two insurance runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.Fowler led off the fifth with a single and Gonzalez followed with an RBIdouble to right. After Zito fanned Tulowitzki, Jordan Pacheco singled tocenter to plate Gonzalez.
With two away in the sixth, consecutive singles from Young and Fowler chasedZito from the game. Jose Mijares took the hill and promptly walked Gonzalez toload the bases, setting up Tulowitzki's line-drive single to left-center whichscored two.
The Giants hardly threatened, going down in order in the first, third, fourthseventh and ninth innings. They will return home Monday to take on theWashington Nationals after going 1-5 on this six-game road trip.
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence remained perfect on the season with his eighthstolen base in as many tries ... San Francisco's Angel Pagan left in the fifthinning with flu-like symptoms ... Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford each hadtwo hits for the Giants ... Tulowitzki improved to 4-for-6 with 10 RBI withthe bases loaded this season.