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San Francisco at Colorado
When: 8:10 PM ET, Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Rockies look to continue their recent dominance against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday when the teams continue their three-game series in Denver. The Rockies have won all four meetings against the Giants this season, including Friday’s 6-4 series-opening victory.

Colorado has won 13 of its last 19 games against the Giants at Coors Field, and third baseman Nolan Arenado has been a key part of that success. Arenado has made several defensive gems against the Giants already this season and brings an eight-game hitting streak into Saturday’s contest. The Giants are hoping to get Hunter Pence (forearm) back in two weeks, but Justin Maxwell has proven to be a capable replacement with six hits in his last 14 at-bats, including a two-run homer in Friday’s loss. “I like his at-bats,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. “Look at the patience he’s shown, particularly with two strikes.”

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area (San Francisco), ROOT (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Tim Hudson (0-2, 3.93 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 31.50)

De La Rosa opened the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain and allowed nine runs (seven earned) over two innings in his first start against San Diego last Monday. The 34-year-old owns a 6-1 record and 3.43 ERA in 10 career starts against the Giants at Coors Field. Buster Posey is 8-for-28 with a home run against De La Rosa, who posted a 4.87 ERA in five starts against San Francisco last season.

Hudson is seeking his first career win at Coors Field, where he’s gone 0-2 with 7.29 ERA in eight starts. The 17-year veteran lost his second straight start last Sunday, when he allowed five runs over five frames in a 5-1 loss to Arizona. Carlos Gonzalez has three hits in 18 at-bats against Hudson, who is 11-10 with a 4.15 ERA in 29 career starts against the Rockies, including a strong seven-inning outing on April 14.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rockies closer Adam Ottavino, who was unavailable for Thursday’s game against San Diego due to soreness in his lower triceps, worked a scoreless ninth inning Friday for his third save – all against the Giants.

2. Giants 3B Casey McGehee has hit into a major league-high seven double plays.

3. De La Rosa was 10-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 15 starts at Coors Field last season.

PREDICTION: Giants 7, Rockies 5
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 7-11 L1 4-6 3-5 0-0 0-0 7-11 0-0
Colorado 10-7 W3 4-4 6-3 0-0 4-2 6-5 0-0
Last Meeting
San Francisco Colorado
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/24/15 SF 4 COL 6 .343 1 .909 .395 1 1.097
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco A. Pagan .529 9 1.059
Colorado D. LeMahieu .643 9 1.452
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco M. Duffy 1 1 2
Colorado C. Blackmon 1 3 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.60 .229 25
Colorado 1.75 .299 26
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco A. Pagan .329 23 .783
Colorado D. LeMahieu .414 24 1.003
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco B. Crawford 3 7 9
Colorado C. Dickerson 5 12 14
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.73 .247 126
Colorado 4.05 .279 122