Apr 22, 2014 11:55 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
DENVER -- Franklin Morales is pitching as if he's not going anywhere.
Fashioning his second straight stellar start, Morales held the Giants to one run and five hits in seven innings and made solo homers by Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado stand, as the Rockies won for the fifth time in six games, 2-1, at Coors Field on Tuesday night in front of 27,165.
Morales (2-1) held off Giants rallies in the second and fourth innings, and the run came on Hunter Pence's two-out home run in the fifth. Morales struck out seven against two walks while helping the Rockies beat the Giants for the second straight night and improve to 8-3 at Coors. The outing matched his career long, which came on June 28, 2012, for the Red Sox at the Mariners.
On Tuesday night and in his last outing, a road win over the Padres, Morales has combined for 13 innings with 12 strikeouts, nine hits, two earned runs and three walks. Those starts came after he was briefly moved to the bullpen when Tyler Chatwood returned from the disabled list. Lefty Brett Anderson, however, soon suffered a broken left index finger, and Morales has been dominant since.
The surging Tulowitzki ended up almost as big a figure in the victory as Morales.
Pablo Sandoval doubled and Brandon Belt drew a walk with one out in the fourth. Joaquin Arias hit a ground ball toward the middle, but Tulowitzki made a diving play and forced Belt at second. Morales ended the inning by inducing a popout from Ehire Adrianza to Tulowitzki.
Tulowitzki opened the bottom of the fourth with his third homer of the year, to left field against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (2-2), who went eight innings, gave up nine hits and fanned six against one walk. It was Tulowitzki's seventh RBI in five games this homestand.
Arenado opened the fifth by homering for the second time in as many games in the No. 2 slot in the batting order with Michael Cuddyer (left hamstring) on the disabled list. The homer extended his career-best hit streak to 13 games.
Bumgarner, who had a grand slam in a win over the Rockies earlier this season, doubled off Morales with two down in the seventh. But Morales fanned Angel Pagan for the third time.
Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino gave up eighth-inning singles to Hunter Pence and Michael Morse, the second with one out. But Rex Brothers got Pablo Sandoval to hit into a double-play grounder on one pitch. Brothers retired Belt on a bouncer to the mound to start the ninth, LaTroy Hawkins finished up for his sixth save in as many chances.