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Giants defeat Rockies

By: Chinick Weideman

The Giants moved five games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West with 10 games to play after Arizona lost at San Diego. San Francisco has made up 4 1/2 games on Arizona in a week.

The Giants are also five games behind the Atlanta Braves in the wild-card race. The Giants are third and follow the St. Louis Cardinals by a half game.

San Francisco scored once in the sixth to go ahead 2-1 only to have the Rockies take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning. Huston Street came on for the Rockies and Andres Torres led off with a single.

Street (1-4), pitching in a set-up role after Rafael Betancourt took control as the closer in mid-August while he was on the disabled list, then fielded Jeff Keppinger's bunt, but threw the ball wide of shortstop Hector Gomez, letting Torres to take third.

Pill considered that watching Street throw sliders exclusively to DeRosa was a benefit for him. Pill reacted from a 1-2 count and drove a 2-2 slider to the gap in left-center.

Matt Lindstrom relieved Street and got pinch hitter Aubrey Huff to ground to first baseman Jordan Pachec. He was slow throwing the ball home, and Pill scored to make it 6-3.

Santiago Casilla was able to earn his fifth save however there were anxious moments for him. He gave up a one-out single to pinch hitter Seth Smith and walked Ty Wigginton. Mark Ellis doubled to score Smith, and Wigginton scored when Wilin Rosario grounded out.

Gomez had gone 2 for 3 in his first major league start, one night after his major league debut, but Casilla struck him out to end the game. Waldis Joaquin (1-0) retired the two batters he faced in the eighth to earn the victory. Online Sportsbook.

As to Brian Wilson, he played catch on Saturday. He had a right elbow inflammation and hadn't been in a game since August 16. Apparently there is a good chance that if he feels fine then he will be activated.

There is a possibility for Giant's pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, to throw off a mound on Tuesday. Sanchez, who had a left ankle sprain, might be able to pitch a few innings before the season ends.

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