Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/5/12

DENVER -- Tim Lincecum continued his second-half resurgence Sunday for the Giants, who beat the free-falling Rockies 8-3 to sweep their three-game series.

The Rockies finished a three-series homestand with a record of 1-8. It was Colorado's worst three-team homestand in franchise history and its second-worst overall; they went 0-7 in a two-team homestand last season. The Rockies have lost eight of their past nine games and are 5-16 since the All-Star break to drop to 38-68.

Tyler Chatwood, brought up from Double-A Tulsa, had command problems as he returned to the Rockies for his third tour and first start of the season after seven relief appearances.

The Giants outscored the Rockies 35-13 in the series. They entered it having lost seven of their previous eight games, a stretch in which they scored 19 runs.

Lincecum gave up one run in a wobbly first but none thereafter as he worked six innings. He was far from efficient, issuing five walks, never retiring the side in order and throwing 104 pitches. But he stranded eight runners, including three in the first, and improved to 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts after the All-Star break.

The Rockies haven't won a series at home since June 1-3 when they took of three from the Dodgers. Since then, the Rockies are 0-8-1 in nine home series, splitting a four-game series with the Nationals and getting swept in four other series, leaving them with a home record of 21-37.

Chatwood lasted 3 1/3 innings and threw 76 pitches, half of them balls, while allowing two hits, three runs and four walks. He threw just 11 of 26 pitches in the first for strikes, didn't allow a hit and gave up two unearned runs.

After Angel Pagan led off with a walk, third baseman Jordan Pacheco dropped Ryan Theriot's bouncer. The runners moved up on a ground out, and Chatwood walked Buster Posey to load the bases.

Pagan scored when catcher Wilin Rosario was charged with his 13th passed ball of the season, and Hunter Pence's ground out brought home a second run.

Chatwood walked Marco Scutaro to open the fourth and threw a wild pitch in the process of walking Hector Sanchez. After Brandon Crawford's fly to center moved Scutaro to third, Carlos Torres relieved Chatwood. Scutaro scored as Lincecum grounded out.

The Rockies had two hits and two walks in the first but managed to score just once against Lincecum, who threw 36 pitches. He retired the first two batters, but Todd Helton doubled and Carlos Gonzalez walked. Pacheco singled home a run, and Tyler Colvin walked to load the bases. But Lincecum got Rosario to fly to right.

The Rockies had runners on second and third with one out in the fourth when Dexter Fowler flied out to left. Rosario tagged up and tried to score but Melky Cabrera's perfect throw nailed him.

After Lincecum left, relievers George Kontos and Javier Lopez combined to give up a run and load the bases with one out in the seventh. But Sergio Romo struck out pinch hitter Matt McBride and Rosario to end the inning.

The Giants scored three in the seventh off Matt Belisle to make it 7-1 when Pence doubled home two runs and Scutaro followed with a run-scoring double. The teams traded runs in the ninth, and the game ended when Shane Loux came on to face Rosario with runners on first and second. Romo got him to ground into a force out.

Notes: Helton's double in the first was his 963rd extra-base hit, tying him for 44th all-time with Hall of Famer Robin Young, and his 570th double, putting him two shy of tying Ivan Rodriguez for 21st...The Rockies placed left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (left biceps tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday, making room on the roster for Chatwood, who started Sunday. Sanchez is 0-3 with a 9.53 ERA in three starts for the Rockies since being acquired from the Royals on July 20 in a trade for pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Sanchez was on the disabled list for 35 days with the Rockies. Manager Jim Tracy said of Sanchez, who can be a free agent at the end of the season, "Hopefully between now and season's end, we'll get him back out there and get him pitching again." ...Rockies infielder Chris Nelson (irregular heartbeat) returned from a three-game rehab with Triple-A Colorado Springs, which was playing at Iowa. Nelson, who has been on the disabled list since July 17, will travel with the Rockies to Los Angeles and be activated Monday when a corresponding roster move will be made...Helton batted third for the first time this season. He typically doesn't play day games after night games, but manager Jim Tracy didn't play Helton on Saturday night so he could take advantage of his history against Linceum, who started Sunday for the Giants. Helton entered the game 13-for-37 (.351) against Lincecum with three doubles, one homer and four RBIs along with eight walks and six strikeouts...Giants manager Bruce Bochy said third baseman Pablo Sandoval (left hamstring strain) is about a week away from returning. Sandoval, who is eligible to be activated Thursday, took ground balls again before Sunday's game and accompanied the team to St. Louis.... Posey made his 17th start of the season at first base. He homered in his third straight game Saturday, the first Giants catcher to do so since Brian Johnson from May 26-28, 1998. Tom Haller was the last Giants catcher to homer in four straight games from Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 1964.


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