The left-hander has pitched well lately, though, and he'll try to help the San Francisco Giants avoid a seventh consecutive loss and their first three-game sweep in Colorado in 11 years.
Cuddyer wasted little time adding to his streak Saturday, pushing it to 26 games with an RBI single in the first inning. The Rockies (41-41) didn't score again in the 2-1 victory until Nolan Arenado singled in the ninth to end the game.
"A lot of positives today," manager Walt Weiss said. "A lot of great things happened today. ... Cuddy extending his streak, lot of good storylines today."
Cuddyer is batting .376 during the streak but just 2 for 9 in this series, though he did hit a two-run homer in Friday's 4-1 win.
Given Bumgarner's recent problems against him and in Colorado, it would appear Cuddyer has a prime chance to top the longest streak in the majors from 2012 - Jose Reyes ' 26-gamer for Miami. A 27-game streak would be MLB's longest since Dan Uggla 's run of 33 straight for Atlanta from July 5-Aug. 13, 2011.
Bumgarner (7-5, 3.20 ERA) is 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in his last two starts at Coors Field and was tagged for a career-high nine runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 10-9 loss there May 17.
Cuddyer was on the disabled list that day but went 2 for 2 on April 8 in his only matchup this season with Bumgarner, who would allow only three other hits in 5 2-3 innings and beat the Rockies in a 4-2 win at San Francisco (38-42). Cuddyer is 3 for 6 with a double and a walk lifetime against him.
Bumgarner, though, has completed seven innings in three straight outings, allowing a combined four earned runs and 10 hits while striking out 23. He did have a three-game win streak snapped Monday with a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers .
Before his miserable outing in Colorado last month, Bumgarner was 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA in a 10-start stretch against the Rockies. His only poor performance in that span came at Coors on Sept. 11, when yielded five runs and 11 hits over 4 1-3 innings in a 9-8 win.
The Giants haven't been nearly as helpful on offense of late, batting .209 and scoring 12 runs during their longest losing streak since a seven-game skid June 26-July 2, 2010. They're also on the verge of their first eight-game road losing streak since May 12-20, 2000, and their first three-game sweep in Denver since May 24-26, 2002.
"It's not a good stretch," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'll leave it at that."
San Francisco, however, will face a pitcher who is making his season debut for the Rockies. Drew Pomeranz is being called up after going 8-1 with a 4.20 in 15 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs this year.
Pomeranz is 4-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 26 career starts for the Rockies, including 22 last season. He's 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA in three against the Giants.
The Rockies are seeking their first three-game win streak since May 21-24, which was capped by a 5-0 victory in San Francisco. Colorado has won five straight home games against its NL West rival and six of eight overall meetings.
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|San Francisco Giants|
|June 24, 2013||Joaquin Arias||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 21, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Right elbow contusion|
|June 18, 2013||Brandon Crawford||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained right index finger|
|June 11, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hand injury|
|June 09, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||15-Day DL||Strained left foot|
|June 09, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||15-Day DL||Strained left foot|
|June 29, 2013||Jorge De La Rosa||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb|
|June 23, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg cramps|
|June 14, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||15-Day DL||Fractured rib, right ribcage|
|June 13, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Broken rib|
|June 13, 2013||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Hand|
|June 13, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Bruised left foot|
DENVER (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner gave the San Francisco Giants a much-needed lift.
Bumgarner scattered four hits over seven innings, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer and the Giants ended their longest losing streak in three years with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
"It was a big win for us," Bumgarner said. "I feel like that you have to think you have to be there every time out really, whether you're winning or losing."
San Francisco had lost six straight, its longest skid since dropping seven in a row from June 26-July 1, 2010. The World Series champions had dropped seven straight road games.
"Bumgarner has been consistent all year," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been consistent in every start. He's a special talent. and he showed that today."
Bumgarner (8-5) struck out five and walked three, improving to 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA in his last five starts. Sergio Romo pitched a one-hit ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
Colorado was impressed with his offspeed pitches.
"He kept us off guard with his command of that pitch throughout the game," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "It is what you expect from on the better pitchers in the league."
Colorado's Michael Cuddyer singled in the eighth off Sandy Rosario , extending his hitting streak to 27 games. The streak is the longest in Rockies history and in the majors this season. He has reached base safely in a franchise-record 45 straight games.
"I got a slider for the hit, and got it just under the glove of the shortstop," Cuddyer said.
Drew Pomeranz (0-1), making his 2013 big league debut after being recalled from Triple A Colorado Springs, allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Buster Posey put the Giants ahead with a solo homer in the third.
San Francisco extended its lead to 4-0 in the fifth on a run-scoring throwing error by first baseman Jordan Pacheco on Posey's grounder and Pence's 13th homer.
Carlos Gonzalez hit his 22nd homer of the season in the sixth.
NOTES: The Giants avoided what would have been their fifth series sweep. ... San Francisco RHP Chad Gaudin (bruised right elbow) threw a bullpen session Saturday, and Bochy said he will be ready to be activated from the DL when he is eligible on July 6. ... 3B Nolan Arenado was limping after being hit in the left ankle by Bumgarner in the sixth but remained in the game. ... Dexter Fowler missed his fifth straight game with a sore right hand. Weiss said Fowler showed improvement and could be ready Tuesday.