DENVER (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong’s first career home run was spoiled by his rough outing on the mound.
Vogelsong gave his team some early offense but he struggled to find his rhythm from the rubber, and the San Francisco Giants fell to the Colorado Rockies 11-3 on Thursday.
“I just stunk,” he said. “Didn’t command the heater, breaking ball was up. Just didn’t throw well at all.”
Carlos Gonzalez homered twice for the second straight night and Chris Rusin pitched a complete game for the Rockies.
Gonzalez’s big night helped extend San Francisco’s losing streak to six. The Giants are seven games back in the NL West and the wild card chase.
San Francisco was swept by the Dodgers in three one-run games heading into Thursday, but there was no drama against the Rockies.
Gonzalez hit two two-run homers to take the NL lead with a career-high 35. He finished with four hits and drove in four runs to lead Colorado’s season-high 19-hit effort.
Nolan Arenado homered for the fourth consecutive game.
“We’re dealing with injuries,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Hard to give some guys a day who probably need a break. It showed today. I know they’re trying but they’re running on fumes. So I have to try to find a way to give them all a break here soon.”
Gonzalez, who hit a grand slam and a two-run homer in his last two at-bats against Arizona on Wednesday, went deep in the first off Vogelsong in Colorado’s four-run first. The outfielder greeted reliever George Kontos with a shot down the right-field line in the fourth to give Colorado a 9-2 lead. He has 11 RBIs in his last two games.
Gonzalez has 16 career multi-homer games in his career, including six this season which have all come since July 24. He doubled in the second and singled in the ninth ahead of Arenado’s 34th homer of the season.
Vogelsong (9-11) allowed eight runs — seven earned — and 11 hits in three-plus innings.
“Just a little flat there, missing his spots,” Bochy said. “That first inning he was having trouble making his pitches. then he regrouped and it looked like he was getting in a groove there. But he was off tonight — pretty simple.”
His lone highlight came in the third when he hit one over the wall in right-center.
“I knew I hit it good, but when you don’t have one, you don’t ever know,” he said. “Not enjoying it at all.”
Rusin (5-7) bounced back from a rough road trip to pitch go the distance. He wasn’t as sharp as he was on Aug. 16 when he pitched a shutout against San Diego but he allowed three runs and six hits and struck out five.
Rusin has a 1.50 ERA in his last two home starts. He is the first Rockies pitcher to throw two complete games at Coors Field since Aaron Cook in 2008.
Vogelsong has hit a rough patch after winning two straight starts. In his last three outings he is 0-3 with 14 runs allowed in 11 innings for an ERA of 11.45.
Giants: SS Brandon Crawford missed his third straight game with a swollen left calf. He was injured when he was hit by a pitch against the Dodgers on Monday.
Giants: RHP Chris Heston (11-8, 3.56 ERA) will try to end San Francisco’s skid Friday night. Heston allowed five runs in 3 2-3 innings against the Cardinals on Sunday.