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SF@COL: Pence connects for a solo homer to right

DENVER -- A couple of dozen dominoes formed an "L" on a table in the Coors Field visitors' clubhouse. Fortunately for the Giants, that was the only L -- as in loss -- they encountered Thursday.

The abandoned tiles told the afternoon's story. The Giants had time for table games, since their more meaningful contest against the Colorado Rockies dissolved in water.

The Giants and Rockies played to a 2-2 standoff before steady, heavy rain forced the game to be suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning. Due to the completion of five innings and the tie score, the game was official and will resume where it was halted, with Michael Cuddyer at first base and two outs.

Thus, this would-be three-game series ended as it began, with the first-place Giants leading Colorado by three games in the National League West.

Though a date for the continuation was not announced, it'll likely be played Sept. 1, before the opener of San Francisco's next three-game visit here.

Delays of one hour, 22 minutes after three innings and one hour, 24 minutes preceding the final stoppage in play soaked the field and prompted the decision to put the activity on hold.

The resumption could be accompanied by high intensity, if the Giants and Rockies remain among the division's elite. Both managers will operate with fully stocked benches and bullpens, due to the Sept. 1 date for roster expansion.

And if Tim Hudson is scheduled to pitch in that series, he can resume his quest to record a victory in the only NL park where he remains winless.

"It's still on my bucket list," Hudson said.

Hudson lacked his usual sharpness, which was understandable. He missed his last start with a strained left hip and was pitching for the first time since May 11, which led to an inelegant pitching line: three innings, five hits and two walks. But he yielded just one run.

"Obviously, my command wasn't very good today," Hudson said. "But it could have been a lot worse. And it could have been no runs."

After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, Hudson again encountered trouble as Wilin Rosario singled to lead off Colorado's second inning. Rosario advanced to third base on a pair of groundouts and scored on Cuddyer's infield single. Hudson blanked Colorado in the third inning, but needed a double play to survive a pair of singles.

The first delay forced Hudson from the game but also represented a break for the Giants, given the effectiveness of Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. He issued one walk while facing the minimum nine batters in three innings. But when play stopped, the ensuing interruption proved too long for De La Rosa, who was relieved by Tommy Kahnle.

That was just fine with the Giants. Hunter Pence stunned Kahnle with one out in the fourth inning by driving an 0-2 pitch into the right-field bullpen to tie the score.

"I don't know how he took that kind of swing and hit it out," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, referring to Pence's ability to wait until the pitch was practically in the catcher's glove before driving the high delivery to the opposite field.

With two outs, the infield shook as the mastodonic Michael Morse, aboard via a walk, scored on a double by the behemoth known as Pablo Sandoval. That gave the Giants a brief 2-1 lead.

Incidentally, Sandoval lost a home run to video review in the second inning, when the Rockies correctly maintained that his drive landed outside the left-field foul pole. He still hiked his ever-rising batting average to .225.

Relieving Hudson, left-hander David Huff left the bases loaded in the fourth inning before surrendering the tying run in the fifth. Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson singled to put runners at the corners. Huff responded by inducing Rosario's double-play grounder, scoring Arenado with the tying run.

Huff nearly finished the sixth before Cuddyer prolonged the inning -- for a really long time -- by singling on a 2-2 pitch. Then, once again, the rain proved too much to bear.

After a while, the grounds crew removed the tarpaulin and began tidying up the field. Meanwhile, Bochy met with Colorado manager Walt Weiss and the umpiring crew. With input from Joe Torre, baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations, they easily reached a consensus.

"It was going to take awhile to get the field ready. It was pretty wet," said Bochy, adding that another storm appeared to be on the way. "... With the conditions out there, [suspending the game] just made sense. It's not like this is the last trip in. It makes it easier, really."

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