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Rockies get big hit from Carlos Gonzalez to beat Giants in 12th inning

SAN FRANCISCO — The seagulls were flocking in Hitchcockian fashion, most of the crowd at AT&T Park had long since gone home and the Rockies’ offense was scuffling, once again.

Until the 12th inning when Carlos Gonzalez came through with a game-winning, bases-loaded, two-out single for a nail-biting 5-3 win over the Giants.

The Rockies loaded the bases on a walks by pinch hitter Chris Iannetta, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado. CarGo’s special delivery was a soft liner to right field off Cory Gearrin.

Colorado improved to 17-9 on the road, thanks, in large part, to a bullpen that shutout the Giants for six innings. Adam Ottavino pitched two innings, allowed one hit and struck out three. Lefty Jake McGee pitched two shutout frames and Wade Davis who picked up his 16th save in 18 chances.

Overshadowed, but not forgotten in the late-night victory, was a milestone start by Rockies veteran right-hander Chad Bettis.

One year and a day after being declared free of cancer, Bettis continued his encore performance. He was  hitting all of the right notes until the sixth inning, when he walked Buster Posey and Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer that just cleared the right-field wall. Belt’s blast tied the game 3-3 and he became the first Giant to homer in four consecutive home games since Randy Winn did it from Sept. 16-30, 2005.

Bettis finished his six-inning stint having yielded five runs with five strikeouts and two walks. He got a no-decision, and after nine starts, he’s 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

On March 10 of last year, in the middle of spring training, during a regularly scheduled cancer screening, abnormalities showed up. A subsequent biopsy showed that Bettis’ testicular cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. Instead of continuing his baseball career full go, Bettis began chemotherapy March 20. He had 21 infusions spread over nine weeks.

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