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SF@WSH: Hudson allows one earned over 5 1/3 innings

Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was nearly perfect Tuesday.

Under normal circumstances, right-hander Tim Hudson might feel a lot of pressure Wednesday following up that caliber of performance. But if Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales is anywhere near as wild as he was his last time out, Hudson won't need to be half near perfect to topple him.

Morales is coming off his worst performance in months after getting rocked for a season-high-tying six runs on eight hits against the Marlins on Friday. Morales has been hopping between the rotation and the bullpen this season but Friday tied his shortest start since rejoining the rotation July 3.

The Marlins ended up scoring 13 runs that game -- their highest total since May 21.

"They played a good team game," Morales said. "What I tried to do was make my pitches and tried to get a ground ball, but sometimes I missed my pitches and they hit the ball up."

In his last start against the Nationals, Hudson snapped his personal three-game losing streak. Overall, he hadn't registered a win in five starts entering that game, but the Giants are 15-9 in his starts this season.

Hudson is 5-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 13 career starts against the Rockies. Two of those appearances came this season and this will be the first time he's faced Colorado since having his start shortened by rain May 22.

In his non-suspended outing against Colorado, Hudson surrendered four runs in 7 1/3 innings, striking out four against eight hits. Although he did not factor in the decision, the Giants won, 5-4.

Rockies: Hawkins having quietly impressive season
The Rockies haven't given closer LaTroy Hawkins as many save opportunities as he hoped this season, but when he's gotten a chance, he has rarely disappointed.

Hawkins successfully closed out his third save opportunity in as many days Monday. That's the second time he's accomplished that feat this season and it brought his 2014 total to 21 saves in 22 opportunities.

"We have a lot of confidence when Hawk's on the mound," manager Walt Weiss said. "I wish he had more save opportunities than he's had this year, but whenever he's been in that position, he's been close to perfect."

That near perfection has come at the age of 41. And as far as Weiss sees it, he's gotten better with time.

"It's a pretty amazing story what he's doing at his age," Weiss said. "He's having one of the best seasons of his career, I would imagine, and at his age, it's pretty incredible."

The Rockies hold a $2.25 million option for Hawkins next season. On pace to finish with his lowest WHIP since 2004, it's hard not to see Colorado picking that up.

"He's in great shape, his arm's in great shape," Weiss said. "He's still got a real fast arm on the mound and I think hitters struggle. His arm speed is still real good. He's been a great leader for us, very good on the mound. He's been a great addition for us."

Giants: Rookie Susac impressing all around
Any time you hit a home run to dead-center at AT&T Park, you're going to get Giants manager Bruce Bochy's attention. And when you do it when the wind's blowing in, you'll probably earn his praise, much like rookie Andrew Susac did before Tuesday's game.

"That home run was one of the more impressive ones we've had this year," Bochy said of Susac's shot from Monday. "He's probably done as much improving as any of our prospects."

Susac began his career 1-for-13 but has seven hits in his last 23 at-bats since. Over his last eight games, he's also compiled two homers and seven RBIs.

His defense behind the plate is what's catching Bochy's attention the most as the Giants' possible catcher of the future were Buster Posey to move to another position.

"He's been right on the money throwing the ball, too," Bochy said. "He hasn't had an easy job back there, for the most part catching Timmy [Lincecum]. When you're a kid, that's not easy."

Worth noting
• Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario (sore left wrist) was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game Tuesday and Weiss acknowledged he could be bound for the disabled list.

• Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa was forced from Tuesday's start in the bottom of the sixth with a left thumb contusion.

• Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford entered Tuesday hitting .159 (10-for-63) over his last 19 games.

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