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  • 21 May
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Leave it to Antonio Senzatela to end
    Colorado’s longest scoring drought this season with his first hit in nearly five
    months.The right-hander pitched a pretty good
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    , too.Senzatela pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning
    and also hit a two-run single as the Rockies topped the San Francisco Giants 3-2
    on Sunday and moved back into first place in the NL West.Colorado jumped a
    half-game in front of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 5-0 at St. Louis on
    Sunday night.“I knew they were big moments but I just really tried to stay in
    the moment and execute my pitches and then roll with it,” Senzatela said. “That
    at-bat I just tried to put the ball in play and I did. I got a good result and I
    helped the team to win.”The Rockies, blanked the previous two days, avoided a
    three-game sweep.Colorado also improved to 41-34 on the road this season, tying
    the franchise record for wins away from Coors Field set in 2009 and matched in
    2017.Ian Desmond added two hits and DJ LeMahieu had a sacrifice fly for
    Colorado.The Rockies scored three times in the second against Dereck Rodriguez
    (6-4).Senzatela (5-6) pitched out of jams in the second and third, and left
    after giving up a single and a walk to open the sixth. The right-hander allowed
    one run and struck out five with two walks for his first win since July 28.“He’s
    still growing as a pitcher,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “He’s still
    learning a lot. What we like about him is just the competitive streak he has and
    the toughness.”Four relievers
    finished ,
    with Wade Davis retiring three batters for his NL-leading 40th save.The Rockies
    snapped their longest scoring drought this season in the second after a one-out
    error by first baseman Austin Slater.Desmond singled and Rodriguez walked Chris
    Iannetta to load the bases. Senzatela followed with his second hit of the
    season, a single to left. After Charlie Blackmon walked, LeMahieu hit a
    sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.Black called Senzatela’s single the biggest hit of
    the series for Colorado. Senzatela’s only other hit this season was on April 27
    at Miami.“We had those opportunities on Friday and Saturday but we couldn’t
    capitalize,” Black said. “Today we did and ironically it’s just the
    pitcher.”Chris Shaw had a two-out RBI single in the sixth for the Giants.Slater
    singled in Joe Panik in the eighth to make it 3-2.Rodriguez allowed five hits
    and one earned run in six innings.“It’s a tough one to lose when you’re getting
    pitching like that,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “We had some
    chances but we took a series. You try to take something from that and hopefully
    carry that into the next one.”ROOKIE LUCKRodriguez has yielded three runs or
    fewer in all 11 of his starts at AT&T Park this season. He has received two
    runs or fewer in support in his last four starts overall. “I just go out and
    throw the best game I can regardless of what’s happening offensively,” Rodriguez
    said. “The rest I let it take care of itself.”ODDS AND ENDSColorado has not been
    swept on the road this season. . The Giants lost to the Rockies for only the
    second time in the last eight home games between the two division opponents. .
    San Francisco 2B Joe Panik is hitting .364 (12 for 33) in his last 11 games. .
    Desmond has 26 multi-hit games this season, tying Gerardo Parra for fifth-most
    on the Rockies.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: LF Matt Holliday, in a 3-for-20
    slump ,
    was held out of the starting lineup. . RHP Seunghwa Oh (hamstring) threw in the
    bullpen and could be available to pitch at some point on the road trip.Giants:
    1B Brandon Belt remains day to day with a sore right knee.UP NEXTRockies: RHP
    Jon Gray (11-7, 4.80 ERA) pitches against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday.
    Gray is 4-0 in 11 starts since returning from the minors.Giants: LHP Andrew
    Suarez (6-11, 4.33) faces the San Diego Padres on Monday in the opening game of
    San Francisco’s final road trip this season. Suarez’s 121 strikeouts are the
    10th-most by a rookie starter in franchise history.__ After two years out of the
    game, the controversial former top Brewers prospect says he’s returning to the
    organization"Brett Lawrie’s baseball career has seen many twists and turns, and
    even after two years out of the game, it looks like there’s another in store.The
    former Brewers prospect who was traded to Toronto for Shaun Marcum ahead of the
    2011 season says he’s returning to the organization that drafted him, making the
    announcement on his Instagram page.Lawrie has not played professionally since
    2016, when he appeared in 94 games for the Chicago White
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    , hitting .248/.310/.413 in an injury-filled season. He
    complained of a lower body injury that the White Sox training staff could not
    figure out, and when he said he still didn’t feel right in the spring of 2017,
    the organization opted to release him. It was his third organization in three
    years and the fourth in his then-seven-year career, and it didn’t appear any
    other team was willing to take on a player that had developed a reputation of
    providing more headaches than he was worth.Lawrie’s passion has never been in
    question — in fact, those who don’t like him would likely argue the problem is
    he’s too intense — but the hope is at 29 years old and two years away he’s in a
    better place both physically and mentally and still has something left. While he
    never quite lived up to the initial prospect hype, he was a consistently
    productive player when he wasn’t hurt, putting up a total of 9.6 fWAR in 588
    career games.While Lawrie didn’t say what type of contract he signed, the safe
    assumption considering his time away would be some kind of minor league or split
    deal ,
    and the team will likely see what he has left during spring training. Whether he
    still has the defensive versatility he once had remains to be seen, but he could
    potentially provide another option capable of playing both second and third
    base.It’s entirely possible this is a comeback attempt that doesn’t amount to
    much, but it’s a shot in the dark that won’t cost the Brewers much of anything
    at a position where the organization is lacking some depth.UPDATE:Robert Murray
    of The Athletic has some of the first details of Lawrie’s contract:While a minor
    league deal, the option and the maximum value sure makes it sound like a split
    deal that would pay him more than the minimum if he’s on the major league
    roster.Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs