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Rockies survive series against Giants

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

SAN FRANCISCO – The notion that the Rockies are too young and too talented to entertain the idea of collapsing was cemented two hours before Wednesday’s first pitch.

In the biggest game of the season, the players stretched in front of the dugout, many happily singing along to Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”

None made the chilling connection. It was a good song, not an ominous sign.

“It’s time we relax,” third baseman Ian Stewart said. “This is the time of year that you are supposed to have fun.”

The Rockies experienced joy at the Giants’ expense, their white-knuckle 4-3 victory putting them back in control of the NL wild-card race with a 3 1/2-game lead with 15 remaining. Of course, nothing comes easy for the Rockies, so this victory came with terrifying drama in the ninth before Rafael Betancourt notched the biggest save of his career, punctuating the night with a pumped fist.

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