Lyles got off to a strong start before a sprained toe derailed his outing and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday at rain-soaked Coors Field.
The game, a makeup of an April 26 rainout, was delayed at the start by 2 hours, 15 minutes by heavy showers. More rain was in the forecast for the second game when the Giants sought their first nine-game winning streak since winning 10 in a row in May 2004.
It appeared Lyles would stop the Giants' win streak at eight games when he cruised through the lineup in the first three innings. He worked around catcher Nick Hundley's error on the first batter and the Rockies took a 1-0 lead on Ben Paulsen's homer in the second.
"In the pen, I could tell his stuff was going to be really good today," Hundley said. "And he made really quality pitches in the first to pick me up after (the error) on the first batter."
Lyles ran into trouble in the fourth when he allowed five straight two-out singles and surrendered three runs, including one on his errant pickoff attempt at first. He sprained his left toe during the rally that followed a double-play groundball by Angel Pagan, who was originally ruled safe at first. After the safe call was reversed, Brandon Crawford and Matt Duffy drove in runs and Crawford scored from third on Lyles' errant pickoff attempt to first, making it 3-1.
"It looked like he got some sharp pain in his foot and was kind of hopping around a little bit," Hundley said.
He loaded the bases to start the fifth before Yohan Flande came on to face Pagan.
"Obviously, he's a tough competitor and wanted to stay in the game but I think the choice was made for him," Hundley said.
It continues a run of tough luck for Lyles. He was forced to leave a game against the Angels on May 13 when he was hit by a line drive in the first inning. Last season, he missed 54 games with a fractured left hand.
Flande got the first two batters after he replaced Lyles before a two-run single by Hunter Pence and a two-run triple by Crawford made it 7-1.
After the Giants scored three times in the sixth, two on Brandon Belt's double, Heston once again couldn't shut down the Rockies. He was replaced by left-hander Javier Lopez after giving up an RBI double to pinch-hitter Rafael Ynoa that made it 10-6.
Heston picked up the win despite allowing eight hits, including three homers, and six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. He was bailed out by clutch hitting — all 10 of the Giants' runs came with two outs.
Santiago Casilla got the final out for his 12th save in 14 chances. He came in after Sergio Romo gave up an RBI single to Nolan Arenado in the ninth. Casilla allowed a single to Carlos Gonzalez and an RBI single to Troy Tulowitzki. That brought up Wilin Rosario, who grounded out to third to end it.
The Rockies lost for the 17th time in 21 games.
"The guys fought back again, but it's a big hole to climb out of," manager Walt Weiss said.
Fans with tickets to the nightcap were allowed into the ballpark at 6 p.m. local time, but they were asked to stay on the concourse and not go to their seats until the first game ended. Fans at the opener were invited to stick around but to move to open seats in their section if arriving fans took their seats for the second game.
However, the announced crowd of 32,956 in the opener had thinned by game's end on another cold, wet evening.
Giants: San Francisco was encouraged by a pain-free outing from RHP Jake Peavy (strained back). He began a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced San Jose on Friday night, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings against Rancho Cucamonga.
Giants: RHP Yusmeiro Petit (1-0, 3.27) makes a spot start in the nightcap Saturday.
Rockies: RHP David Hale (0-0, 0.00) was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque and will make his Colorado debut.
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