Giants fight through snow, but comeback falls just short in 12-11 loss to Rox

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By Jeremy Harness

The old saying is that “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, it’s the month of May and it was snowing in Denver Thursday afternoon.

In fact, the first-pitch temperature was a chilly 39 degrees, and the Colorado Rockies used that to their advantage in the early going, knocking around Derek Holland for seven runs in the first two innings, an explosion that was highlighted when Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds hit back-to-back homers off Holland on consecutive pitches in the midst of a snow flurry.

The Giants, however, came back valiantly to make it a two-run game after the fourth inning and then tied it in the sixth on Tyler Austin’s three-run homer off Colorado reliever Bryan Shaw.

Colorado, however, pushed the lead back to three when it scored a trio of runs in the bottom of the sixth.

That lead would stand until the top of the ninth, when the Giants made one last stand, and they came within a batter of tying the game. Brandon Crawford knocked in Kevin Pillar with a double, and then Crawford himself was singled in by Joe Panik to bring the Giants to within a run.

However, the rally was ended when Steven Vogt struck out, and the Giants fell 12-11 to end the road trip on a sour note.

The Giants will now head home to face the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game weekend series that starts Friday night at Oracle Park.

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