SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Antonio Senzatela pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and also hit a two-run single as the Colorado Rockies held their playoff position, topping the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Sunday.
The Rockies, blanked the previous two days, avoided a three-game sweep. Colorado began the day with a half-game lead over St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot and a half-game behind Los Angeles in the NL West — the Dodgers played later at St. Louis.
Colorado improved to 41-34 on the road this season, tying the franchise record for wins away from Coors Field set in 2009 and matched in 2017.
Ian Desmond added two hits and DJ LeMahieu had a sacrifice fly for Colorado.
The Rockies scored three times in the second against Dereck Rodriguez (6-4).
Senzatela (5-6) pitched out of jams in the second and third, and left after giving up a single and a walk to open the sixth. The right-hander allowed one run and struck out five with two walks for his first win since July 28.
Four relievers finished, with Wade Davis retiring three batters for his NL-leading 40th save.
The Rockies snapped their longest scoring drought this season in the second after a one-out error by first baseman Austin Slater.
Desmond singled and Rodriguez walked Chris Iannetta to load the bases. Senzatela followed with his second hit of the season, a single to left. After Charlie Blackmon walked, LeMahieu hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Chris Shaw had a two-out RBI single in the sixth for the Giants.
Slater singled in Joe Panik in the eighth to make it 3-2.
Rockies: LF Matt Holliday, in a 3-for-20 slump, was held out of the starting lineup. . RHP Seunghwa Oh (hamstring) threw in the bullpen and could be available to pitch at some point on the road trip.
Giants: 1B Brandon Belt remains day to day with a sore right knee.
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (11-7, 4.80 ERA) pitches against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday. Gray is 4-0 in 11 starts since returning from the mi nors.
Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (6-11, 4.33) faces the San Diego Padres on Monday in the opening game of San Francisco’s final road trip this season. Suarez’s 121 strikeouts are the 10th-most by a rookie starter in franchise history.