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Giants beat Rockies in completion of suspended game

DENVER -- The Giants had a three-game lead in the National League West when a May 22 game at Coors Field was suspended by rain. With a vastly different group, they completed that game Monday afternoon, beating the Colorado Rockies 4-2 to get within two games of the now-first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

The three-month delay led to all sorts of quirks when play resumed at Coors Field. The win goes in the books on May 22, so it gave the Giants a 20th win of May, but not a seven-game winning streak over the past week. Andrew Susac was called up July 26, but technically scored the winning run in a game that was played two months earlier.

"That's going to be a good trivia question," manager Bruce Bochy said, smiling. 'How's this possible?' "

Because the game goes down as having been played May 22, Matt Duffy made his "MLB debut" a month after getting called up from Double-A Richmond. In a weird twist, Duffy didn't play for the Flying Squirrels on May 22 and Susac was out of Triple-A Fresno's lineup that day, too. Susac was in the same spot as Duffy on Monday, making his "debut."

Duffy was in the lineup in place of Brandon Hicks, who was designated for assignment in late July but had been 0-for-2 the first time this game was played. Susac slid in behind the plate so Buster Posey could move to first base on a double-switch. Jeremy Affeldt entered in place of David Huff, who was pitching that day but released and is now a New York Yankee.

The Rockies had changes to make, too. Josh Rutledge pinch-hit for Troy Tulowitzki, who was due up before rain came for a second time back on May 22. Tulowitzki is now on the disabled list, along with Michael Cuddyer, who was on first base. Former Giant Charlie Culberson pinch-ran for Cuddyer on Monday and immediately took off for second, reaching safely as Affeldt's pick-off throw didn't give Posey enough time to get Culberson out at second.

"We thought they may be running," Bochy said. "They went on the first move."

The press box announcer at Coors Field didn't announce a first pitch, but rather a "first pickoff." Culberson was stranded when Rutledge struck out, getting Huff off the hook for a game he could have lost from a couple thousand miles away. Affeldt would pitch a shutout seventh, too.

"It's been a long time, but he has started before," Bochy said when asked why he chose Affeldt. "I thought the preparation would bring back some good memories for him."

In the record books, Susac's first big league hit will be the single he picked up while leading off the top of the eighth. His first run came three batters later, when Hunter Pence hit a double to the gap in right-center.

"This kid wasn't even close to being here when the suspended game happened," Bochy said of Susac. "But he got us going."

Pence had helped the Giants get to two runs in the first place, hitting a homer on May 22 that was their first run of the game. Travis Ishikawa went 2-for-3 in Triple-A that day and drove in three runs. He picked up another RBI on Monday, driving Pence in with a flare to right.

Santiago Casilla hurt his hamstring May 21 and was placed on the disabled list the next day. On Monday, he worked through some troubled water in the ninth to pick up the save for the May 22 game.

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