Rookies shine, but Rox can’t stop Giants’ bats

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By Owen Perkins | Special to

DENVER — Despite another big night from Rockies rookies, the Giants stole the thunder Saturday, handing Colorado its seventh consecutive series loss with an 11-6 defeat.

It’s a testament to the 2012 version of “Coors quality” pitching that starter Jeff Francis seemed to be enjoying a relatively strong start by allowing three runs in three innings. With Sunday’s starting pitcher going to the DL before the middle tilt in the three-game set, and the Rockies bullpen a bit shell-shocked after Friday night’s 16-4 shellacking, Colorado was looking for length from the left-hander.

But when he walked in the sixth run with two out in the fourth, Francis was finished for the night.  MORE>>>

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