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    DENVER (AP) — A September call-up , Noel Cuevas just wants to make an impact.With one choked-up swing, he delivered in a most meaningful way — in the heat of a pennant race.The rookie pinch-hitter bounced a go-ahead, two-run single through the middle in the eighth inning and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8 on Monday after squandering a five-run lead.“He’s clutch, man,” Trevor Story said. “He’s not scared.”This was just another wild game at Coors Field as the Rockies remain in the thick of the NL West chase. They entered the day a half-game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.“You always have to grab on and hold on tight (at Coors Field),” said catcher Drew Butera, who was making his Rockies debut after being acquired from the Kansas City Royals last week. “Because anything can happen here.”On an afternoon when Story hit two homers off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and the Rockies seemed in command at 7-2 after five innings, they needed the rookie Cuevas to come through with that clutch hit.Ian Desmond started the eighth with a single and pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta later lined a double off the wall in right. Then, Cuevas stepped into the moment.He took a big first swing off reliever Tony Watson (4-6) and whiffed. So Cuevas decided to choke up on the bat and focus on going up the middle. It worked — a grounder through a drawn-in infield.“No words for it,” said Cuevas, who was with the team earlier this season. “How much better can it get? It’s almost like a walk-off.”Colorado had a 7-5 lead in eighth when Giants pinch-hitters Alen Hanson and Chris Shaw hit back-to-back homers off reliever Seunghwan Oh (6-3). Hanson tied the game at 7 on a two-run homer and three pitches later Shaw lined an 0-2 cutter from Oh over the fence in right for his first career homer.“What a great comeback. It was a shame we couldn’t hold on Reggie Jackson Jersey ,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We really came on strong at the end.”Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth for his 38th save.It’s a pivotal stretch for Colorado, which started off 10 straight at home and all against NL West foes.“To go down late and come back in the eighth, that was huge,” Story said. “Hopefully we can ride that momentum through the homestand.”Colorado scored four times in the first off Bumgarner, who threw 35 pitches in facing nine hitters. DJ LeMahieu and Story each hit two-run homers in the inning.Story added a three-run homer off Bumgarner in the fifth. The shortstop has a career-high 28 homers this season.Gorkys Hernandez homered for the Giants, who’ve dropped 15 of 17 in Denver since 2017.“These are the toughest ones to lose,” Hernandez said. “We came back after being so far down and we couldn’t get the win.”TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: OF Steven Duggar will undergo surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday. … INF Brandon Belt wasn’t in the starting lineup due to right knee soreness.Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn is planning to have season-ending shoulder surgery. The reliever has been on the disabled list since July 7 with discomfort in the AC joint.ROUGH OUTINGBumgarner gave up a season-high seven runs, six earned, over five innings. He surrendered three homers in a game for the seventh time in his career.“My command wasn’t very good at all,” Bumgarner said. “My stuff wasn’t very good. My curveball felt pretty good, but everything else was left up. You have to be better. Especially here.”PROGRESSRockies starter Tyler Anderson was in line for his first win since July 4 before the bullpen melted down. Still , this was progress. The left-hander hit an August slump in which he was 0-4 with an 11.39 ERA.Anderson had seven days off between starts and his command appeared back in rhythm as he allowed three runs and struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings.“He mixed speeds well,” Butera said. “He made some big pitches inside.”UP NEXTGiants rookie RHP Dereck Rodriguez (6-2) has a 2.47 ERA heading into his start Tuesday against Colorado. He’s also holding hitters to a .207 average. Rockies RHP German Marquez (11-9, 4.11) is coming off a start in which he had 13 strikeouts. John Gibbons is one of those special “baseball” guys that makes the game fun, makes it a little more interesting.On Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla., Gibbons’ second stay as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays comes to an end with the final game of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Gibby is going out in style.He’s having veteran catcher Russell Martin manage the team.Article continues below ...“I’m having a little fun with it,” Gibbons said Saturday. “Let him see how tough it is.”Technically, Martin will be a player/manager, but he hasn’t played since Sept 3 as the Jays have been looking at younger players.While the game will be an emotional one for Gibbons and the Jays, it really has some importance to the home team.Blake Snell didn’t win his 22nd of the season Saturday night C.C. Sabathia Jersey , but the Rays won the game 4-3 for their 89th victory of the season — thus giving them a shot at 90 in a year most people thought would be a washout.They could reach 90 wins for the first time in five years.On Saturday night, Tampa Bay notched its 50th home win.Marco Estrada, slated to close the season and the Gibbons Era, was scratched with the sore back that has bothered him through much of the season. Sam Gaviglio will start against another Rays “opener,” likely Ryne Stanek, with several relievers following.“The good thing is it’s nothing major,” said Estrada, a free agent at the end of the season. “It’s something the doctor feels it should be just fine. If we hit the right spot, this should be cleared away for a while. Pretty excited about it. He said, ‘Keep doing your core program, all the stretching you can , and it should help.’ I’ve stayed on it all year. Just sometimes it froze up.”As far as his future, the 35-year-old Estrada said: “Obviously, there’s always a chance of me coming back. I’m not sure in which direction they’re going, (or) if they want to go younger. It seems to be going that way. But I’m never right about these things. So I don’t really know. But I definitely would love to hear from them again. I’m comfortable here. I do love this team.”Snell pitched five innings and struck out 10 in a no-decision Saturday night, finishing his season at 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA — and apparently headed for the second Cy Young Award in franchise history.He came up short Saturday in his bid to become the first pitcher since Justin Verlander in 2011 to win 10 straight starts.“There’s not really much debate in my opinion,” said his manager, Kevin Cash.Said Snell: “I have a good case.”The Rays’ official Twitter account posted: Congrats to @snellzilla4 on an outstanding season. We’re rooting for you.”Toronto hitters struck out 18 times Saturday night.Gaviglio is 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA this season and 0-3 in his last five starts. He is 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in three starts versus the Rays this season, dropping him to 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in four career starts against Tampa Bay.Cash said before Saturday’s game that Matt Duffy and Ji-Man Choi likely would not play because of injuries.Also before the game, Rays right-hander Andrew Kittredge learned he had been suspended for three games and fined for throwing behind Austin Romine on Thursday. That led to CC Sabathia plunking Jesus Sucre with Sabathia suspended for five games.Kittredge said he might appeal, but both sentences would be served next season.“I understand, I do Andy Pettitte Jersey , I get it,” Cash said. “I had some really good conversations with MLB, (chief baseball officer) Joe Torre and (senior vice president, baseball operations) Peter Woodfork. And you know what? Kitt, from my understanding, will go through the appeals process and kind of let it be heard, his viewpoint. And then go from there.”
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