Major League Baseball
Preview
San Francisco at Colorado
When: 8:40 PM ET, Thursday, September 3, 2015
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

The San Francisco Giants aim to halt their five-game losing streak on Thursday, when they open a four-game series against the host Colorado Rockies. San Francisco lost Wednesday to suffer a three-game sweep at the hands of Los Angeles and finds itself 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West and 5 1/2 in back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card spot.

The Giants dropped three one-run games in the Los Angeles series as Buster Posey didn't score or drive in a run while going 8-for-14. San Francisco, which has lost 11 of its last 16 overall contests, is just 5-7 against the last-place Rockies this season. Colorado racked up 18 hits while recording a 9-4 victory over Arizona on Wednesday as Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and drove in a career-best seven runs. Gonzalez is just 1-for-17 against scheduled Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, but Wilin Rosario has fared much better by going 5-for-14 with three homers.

TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, MLBN, CSN Bay Area (San Francisco), ROOT (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Ryan Vogelsong (9-10, 4.19 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Chris Rusin (4-7, 4.94)

Vogelsong has lost consecutive outings, allowing 14 hits and seven walks in just eight innings during the stretch. He has served up 11 homers on the road this season compared to just five at spacious AT&T Park. Vogelsong defeated Colorado on May 22, when he allowed two hits over six scoreless innings and is 6-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 17 career appearances (12 starts) against the Rockies.

Rusin has lost back-to-back starts and three of his last four. He gave up 11 runs and 12 hits in two-plus innings of a loss to the New York Mets on Aug. 22 and followed up by allowing three runs and five hits in six frames against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Rusin has a 1.35 ERA in two career starts against the Giants as he gave up five runs (two earned) and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings while receiving a no-decision on June 27.

WALK-OFFS

1. Giants 2B Joe Panik (back) will begin a rehab stint at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday and is expected to return next week.

2. Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer on Wednesday to raise his NL-leading RBI count to 100 and become the first Colorado player to hit the century mark since the recently traded Troy Tulowitzki (105) in 2011.

3. San Francisco SS Brandon Crawford (oblique, calf) has missed seven of the last eight games.

PREDICTION: Giants 8, Rockies 7
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 69-64 L5 38-27 31-37 18-15 13-17 27-26 11-6
Colorado 54-78 W1 29-38 25-40 16-18 15-13 20-33 3-14
Last Meeting
San Francisco Colorado
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/28/15 COL 3 SF 6 .303 3 1.000 .226 2 .692
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco M. Duffy .385 15 1.213
Colorado D. LeMahieu .450 18 1.086
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco M. Duffy 4 10 8
Colorado N. Arenado 6 11 16
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 5.47 .277 62
Colorado 4.33 .304 77
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Posey .325 150 .857
Colorado D. LeMahieu .318 151 .790
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco M. Byrd 22 51 59
Colorado N. Arenado 33 78 100
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.69 .267 967
Colorado 5.10 .269 884