DENVER Jhoulys Chacin's bid for a no-hitter came up short. So did the Giants' attempt at a comeback victory.
After failing to get a hit off the Colorado Rockies right-hander through 6 2/3 innings Wednesday night, the Giants rallied late but couldn't erase the gap. They lost 5-4 in the rubber game between two teams far back in the National League West standings.
Chacin had the longest no-hit bid at Coors Field by a Rockie and the longest by any pitcher since the Giants' Matt Cain went 7 1/3 hitless innings in 2010. It may have been Chacin who imitated Cain on Wednesday, but the game's other starter was the one who has imitated Cain in the season's second half.
Madison Bumgarner has a 2.63 ERA since the All-Star break but has hit the kind of tough-luck skid that Cain dealt with for years. The Giants are just 1-7 with Bumgarner on the mound in the second half, and he has just one win since July 11 despite consistently pitching well.
"You've got to try to separate that, but it's definitely been a rough patch here," Bumgarner said. "Today felt OK, it felt decent, and I made some pitches that happened to find a hole. I've been through some times like this already (in my career), and I know how to prepare mentally."
Bumgarner is still just 23, but manager Bruce Bochy said he wasn't worried about his left-hander's ability to deal with the lack of help on the field.
"He's a tough kid," Bochy said. "He was fine. He threw well, and he did a real nice job. Our defense got to us that one inning there."
Bochy was referring to the sixth, a nightmarish inning that began with the score 1-1. The Giants didn't have a hit at the time but scored in the fourth on a walk, error and grounder.
A leadoff single and walk started the trouble in the sixth, and after Bumgarner struck out Michael Cuddyer for the third time, Wilin Rosario's single scored a run.
Bumgarner was pulled, but the Giants appeared to be out of the inning a batter later. Jean Machi induced a grounder back to the mound and threw to second to start a potential double play, but Brandon Crawford dropped the throw.
"It's a catch I need to make," Crawford said. "I didn't that time."
The missed opportunity proved costly. Yorvit Torrealba followed with a two-run double, putting the Rockies ahead 4-1. A fifth run came across when Chacin beat out the throw to first on the back end of what looked like a double-play grounder.
"That one inning just got ugly," Bochy said. "We got a couple of double-play balls and we got just one out on them. That hurt."
Chacin had kept the Giants off balance with a dominant slider, but Crawford took advantage of a fastball up and in, lining a clean single to center to end the no-hit bid in the seventh.
The Giants weren't done. With Chacin out of the game, Gregor Blanco and Marco Scutaro lined back-to-back singles with one out in the eighth, and Brandon Belt's double brought in a run. The Giants scored their third run on Buster Posey's groundout and cut the deficit to one on Hunter Pence's single, but they couldn't finish the rally. They went down quietly in the ninth, falling to 25-39 on the road.