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COL@SF: Hudson fans eight, holds Rockies to one run

Including the resumption of a May 22 suspended game, the Giants and Rockies potentially have 12 1/2 innings of baseball to play on Labor Day. That means two chances for the Giants to cement their lead in the National League Wild Card race with the first game being tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth.

While it's currently unclear who will take the mound for the makeup game on both sides, Monday's full-length matchup will be a rehashing of last Wednesday's pitching duel.

In AT&T Park against the Rockies his last time out, right-hander Tim Hudson had his longest start since June 29.

Hudson limited the Rockies to four hits and one earned run in the form of a homer from outfielder Corey Dickerson. Hudson was in line for the win before right-hander Santiago Casilla blew his fourth save of the season. Hudson did log the 2,000th strikeout of his career in the game, though, finishing with eight overall.

In seven career starts at Coors Field, Hudson is 0-2 with a 7.05 ERA. If he manages to ditch the trend and register his third win in his last 14 starts, it will mark his 14th season with double-digit victories in his 16-year career.

Although he was clearly outshined by Hudson last Wednesday, Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales was quietly impressive in his own right.

In six innings, he served up seven hits but that only translated to one run for the Giants, and he left with the game tied. Morales also totaled six strikeouts in the outing, marking only the fourth time he's reached that mark in 19 starts this season.

Bouncing between the bullpen and the rotation this season, Morales has made five appearances against the Giants (three starts). He's struck out 23 over 23 innings, allowing nine runs and 23 hits including four homers.

Giants: Romo, Casilla to split closer role
It takes two to tango and it apparently it will take two to close out games for the Giants for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Sunday that he's going to a closer by committee with right-hander Sergio Romo joining Santiago Casilla for the ninth-inning duty.

Casilla has been battling an illness lately but he clearly hasn't been himself for a while now. Entering Sunday, he had been scored upon in five of his 10 August apperances.

Meanwhile, Romo, who was demoted from the closer position in late June, hasn't surrendered a run in his last 14 appearances.

"I'll use them both," Bochy said Sunday. "We're going to ham and egg it with those two."

Rockies: Expanded rosters in play for Monday's suspended game
Before the Giants and Rockies begin their regularly scheduled game Monday, the teams will have to some unfinished business to attend to.

The teams will begin the series by finishing a suspended game from May 22 that rain put an end to early with the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth. Of course, a lot has changed since then.

Michael Cuddyer was on first when the game was suspended but he's currently on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. Likewise, catcher Wilin Rosario and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are both on the shelf with injuries, meaning the Rockies will have to make three substitutions when play resumes.

The good news is that the Rockies will be allowed to use their expanded 40-man roster for both games so manager Walt Weiss doesn't have to drain his bench.

Even with the extra reinforcements, Weiss has still not decided who will start the game on the mound for the Rockies.

Worth noting

• This is the last series between the Giants and Rockies this season. Colorado has been outscored 65 to 64 but has the series edge, 8-7.

• Giants outfielder Hunter Pence extended his hit streak to 13 games Sunday, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a single, two RBIs and three runs.

• Rockies right-hander Tommy Kahnle (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list either Monday or Tuesday following Saturday's successful live batting-practice session. Comments