Bruce Bochy to address Giants' bullpen woes with coaching staff

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- The dependable bullpen that has been such a key part ofSan Francisco's even-year championship success this decade is showing its flaws.

And manager Bruce Bochy plans to address it soon in a meeting with his coaches to make sure things are all lined up for a strong second half and what the Giants hope is another special playoff run.

All-Star Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning to give Colorado the big hit it has missed for much of the past week, and theRockiesbeat SanFrancisco 7-3 on Tuesday night to end a season-high six-game losing streak.

"We're going to meet and see if we can get this thing right," Bochy said. "We're trying to get this thing sorted out. At times they're really good. It's a matter of somebody stepping up and taking over a role."

Colorado capitalized against San Francisco's shaky bullpen after ace Madison Bumgarner left, scoring more than one run for the first time in its past five games.

Bumgarner, named to his fourth straight All-Star Game a few hours earlier, struck out six over six scoreless innings, allowed four hits and walked two.

After George Kontos allowed a pair of singles to start the seventh, DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI infield single in the seventh against loser Cory Gearrin (3-1). Arenado followed with his 23rd home run.

LeMahieu drew a bases-loaded walk from Hunter Strickland in the eighth, and Charlie Blackmon added a run-scoring single.

"Consistency's been missing a little bit from what we've seen,'' lefty reliever Javier Lopez said. "Obviously when we click, we've shown that we click really well. We're running through a little rough patch right now, and it's the big homer that's been getting us as of late, but you've got to try to focus on the good things. We're having a good first half. You don't want these little things to manifest. We'll nip it in the bud."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.