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DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies‘ younger players are making their presence felt down the stretch.Rookie infielder Ryan McMahon had a pinch-hit home run and Carlos Gonzalez tripled with the bases loaded during a five-run seventh inning that carried NL West leading Rockies past the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Tuesday night.David Dahl , who played in only 19 minor league games last season because of a stress reaction in his rib cage after making his major league debut late in 2016, also homered for the Rockies. On Monday, rookie Noel Cuevas had a pinch-hit two-run single to make the difference in a 9-8 win over the Giants.Colorado, bidding for its first NL West title, has a lead in the division in September or October for the first time since 1995. It was the fourth straight loss for the Giants, who also have lost six in a row to Colorado.“It’s just a really good group, especially the contributions we’re getting from the young guys,” Gonzalez said after the Rockies’ 40th come-from-behind win of the season. “Yesterday was Cuevas. Tonight was McMahon with a huge home run to tie the game. After that , we were able to keep the momentum going, getting guys on and trying to get that big hit.”Rockies starter German Marquez had shut down the Giants since allowing a run in the first inning, striking out 11 over 6 2-3 innings. But with two outs and the bases clear in the seventh, Gorkys Hernandez snapped a 1-1 tie with his second home run in as many games.That set the stage for a rally in the bottom of the seventh by the Rockies, who batted around after being limited to a run in six strong innings by Dereck Rodriguez.With one out, McMahon drove an 0-1 offering from reliever Reyes Moronta (5-2) over the wall in straightaway center for his second pinch homer of the season.“Honestly, I was just trying to get a knock for the team and get the next guy up there,” McMahon said. “It just worked out. Marquez went out there and pitched so well. He’s been amazing. We were just out there and we were going to grind through it. This team is pretty resilient. It’s a fun group to be around.”An infield single by Charlie Blackmon — his third hit of the game — and walks to D.J. LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado loaded the bases before Gonzalez tripled to the wall in center off Ty Blach.Pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra drew a bases-loaded walk off Sam Dyson to drive in the final run of the inning to vault the Rockies into a four-run lead.“It’s a shame that we can’t hold onto some of these games , certainly when he’s pitching,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the effort by Rodriguez. “What a nice job he did.”Chris Rusin (2-2) got the final out in the seventh for the victory. Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis each pitched scoreless innings to finish up.Gregor Blanco singled to lead off the game and stole second before Joe Panik followed with an RBI single. The Rockies evened the score when Dahl started the second with a home run, his ninth of the season.TRAINING ROOMGiants: CF Steven Duggar underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. “All went well,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He came out of it fine.” Duggar suffered the injury a week ago diving back into second base. He’s expected to be ready in time for spring training.GIANTS MOVES: RHP Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder inflammation) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list and INF Abiatal Avelino had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento. He is awaiting his major league debut.ROCKIES MOVES: RHP D.J. Johnson had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque and is making his debut on a major league roster. INF Garrett Hampson, LHP Sam Howard and OF Ramiel Tapia were all recalled from Albuquerque. Hampson, Howard and Tapia all spent time with the Rockies earlier this season.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Andrew Suarez (6-9, 4.19 ERA) will be seeking a third consecutive win when he starts Wednesday night’s series finale against Colorado. He pitched seven innings of two-hit ball as part of the Giants’ 7-0 win over the New York Mets last time out.Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (4-5, 4.88 ERA) has gone 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA in three previous starts this season at Coors Field. HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander got pushed around by the Seattle Mariners early Thursday night Michael Saunders Jersey , and then umpire Nic Lentz sent him off for an early shower.Certainly not what the former Cy Young and MVP Award winner had in mind for his first shot at career win No. 200.Seattle jumped on Verlander for six runs in two innings before the star right-hander was ejected for arguing a balk call in the Mariners’ 8-6 win over the Houston Astros.Mitch Haniger, Denard Span and Jean Segura combined for 10 hits and seven RBIs with a homer each off Verlander (11-7), who was ejected shortly after setting a season high for runs allowed.“Just wanted some answers,” he said. “I thought he screwed up. He clearly thought he didn’t. Just hate for the ball to be taken out of my hands that way.”Haniger gave the Mariners their first leadoff homer this season when he sent a fastball into left-center field. Span followed with his second career triple off Verlander before Segura hit a ground-rule double and Nelson Cruz added an RBI single to make it 3-0.Verlander retired the next five batters before Haniger doubled with two outs in the second. He looked to have been picked off at second with Span batting, but Verlander was instead called for a balk.Verlander barked at plate umpire Lentz and kept repeating: “I did not,” before throwing his next pitch. Span and Segura then hit back-to-back homers to push the lead to 6-0. Verlander retired Cruz before getting tossed.He was still upset about it after the game and ranted about it for about three minutes when asked what happened.“I don’t have an answer for you,” Verlander said. “I don’t know. I’ve never been called for that.”Verlander has been up and down in his last few starts and has allowed 10 homers and 15 runs the last five times out, including a season-high four homers in a loss to Detroit on July 15.James Paxton (10-5) continued his success against the Astros , yielding seven hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 4-0 against them this season. He said he didn’t feel great Thursday night so having such a huge cushion early helped.“That was huge,” he said. “To come out and put up those six runs in the first two innings was really big for our team. We needed to do something like that. And against as good a pitcher as Verlander gives us a lot of confidence I think.”Edwin Diaz allowed a home run to Tyler White with two outs in the ninth before striking out Josh Reddick for his 43rd save.Haniger had a season-high four hits with two RBIs, Span had three RBIs and finished a double shy of the cycle and Segura added three hits and drove in two runs.“Great night offensively,” manager Scott Servais said. “Our guys got after it early. Sometimes starting pitchers can be most vulnerable in that first inning and we jumped on him early.”The Astros cut the lead to 6-2 in the third inning when Marwin Gonzalez drove in two with a single.An RBI single by Haniger and a sacrifice fly by Span extended Seattle’s advantage to 8-2 in the sixth.Tony Kemp had three hits and drove in two runs with a single in the sixth, and White’s RBI double cut the lead to 8-5 in the seventh.The Astros were forced to use five relievers to finish the game. Roberto Osuna made his home debut for the Astros in the ninth inning, allowing one hit in a scoreless frame after being acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays last week. Osuna made his first appearance since May 6 on Monday after serving a 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. The former Blue Jays closer was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend May 8 in Toronto.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: SS Carlos Correa said he’s feeling good and expects to come off the disabled list Friday. He hasn’t played since June 25 because of a sore lower back and just finished a five-game rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi. … 2B Jose Altuve, who hasn’t played since July 25 because of soreness in his right knee, is improving Wily Peralta Jersey , but there is still no set date for his return.ZEROESSeattle reliever Alex Colome threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Thursday night to extend his scoreless streak to 16 2/3 innings over 16 games.UP NEXTHouston’s Gerrit Cole (10-4, 2.64 ERA) opposes Seattle’s Mike Leake (8-7, 4.16) when the series continues Friday night. Cole lost his second straight start Sunday when he allowed six hits and three runs in five innings of a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. Leake is looking for his first win since June 23 after going 0-3 in his last seven starts.

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