Posted: Sep 11, 2012 10:03 PM by Andrew Masuda
DENVER (AP) - Madison Bumgarner hit a three-run homer on a night when he struggled on the mound and Brandon Belt drove in four runs, helping the San Francisco Giants hold on for a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies in rainy conditions Tuesday.
Belt broke a tie in the fifth with a two-run double. He also brought in a run on a fielder's choice and added a solo homer for the NL West leaders, who are 20-7 on the road since the All-Star break.
Bumgarner was roughed up by the Rockies, allowing five runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3 innings. The lefty gave the Giants a big boost, though, with his bat, sending a 93 mph fastball from Jhoulys Chacin into the left-field seats.
The Giants moved a season-high 6 games ahead of the second place Dodgers. Los Angeles lost in Arizona 1-0 on Tuesday.
Ian Kennedy pitched neatly into the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks used an unearned run to beat Clayton Kershaw. Arizona left fielder Jason Kubel robbed Luis Cruz of a two-run homer with a leaping grab at the wall to end the fifth inning.
The lone run came in the seventh, when Paul Goldschmidt reached on shortstop Hanley Ramirez's throwing error and scored from first on Miguel Montero's double.
Kennedy (13-11) gave up four hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out six and walking none.
Kershaw (12-9) gave three hits, striking out five and walking three in seven innings. He is 0-2 in his last three starts despite allowing a combined three earned runs.
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