DENVER (AP) -- Kyle Kendrick fought to keep the Colorado Rockies in the game. It almost paid off when his teammates nearly erased a seven-run deficit at a rain-soaked Coors Field.
Kendrick tossed 6 1-3 hard-fought innings before the bullpen stumbled in the final three frames and the San Francisco Giants beat the Rockies 11-8 on Friday night.
DJ LeMahieu homered and Wilin Rosario had three hits for the Rockies, who lost for the 16th time in 20 games.
"I thought KK did a good job. It was a quality start, but the game got away in middle innings but guys fought back late," manager Walt Weiss said. "His pitch count got elevated early, but it looked he settled in and gave us some length."
Kendrick needed more than 60 pitches to get through the first three innings before settling down. The Rockies trailed 1-0 when Brandon Belt sent Kendrick's 83-mph changeup an estimated 475 feet into deep right field to make it 3-0. It is the 34th home run to land in the third deck at Coors Field.
Belt is the 20th player to accomplish the feat.
"It was just a Coors Field changeup," Kendrick said. "You can't just throw it for a strike. It was 2-0, I was trying to throw it for a strike and it just floated up there and cut. It usually doesn't do that, but here you got to really throw them."
Kendrick (1-6) left with a man on and one out in the seventh but the Rockies down 3-0. Relievers Ken Roberts and Christian Bergman allowed eight runs in the last 2 2-3 innings to put the Rockies in an 11-4 hole heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Rain that had started falling midway through the game became heavier in the ninth. Three straight singles to start the inning scored a run before the game went into a 1 hour, 44-minute delay.
It is the sixth time in 21 home dates this season rain has delayed or postponed a game at Coors Field.
Two more hits after play resumed made it 11-7 with no outs. Santiago Casilla came on and got the first two outs before Ben Paulsen's double cut the deficit to 11-8. He struck out Nick Hundley to end the game for his 11th save.
Kendrick remained winless since the season opener at Milwaukee on April 6. He struck out four and walked three, one of them on a 12-pitch at-bat against Belt in the second inning.
"I don't like losing, but my job is to put us in position to win," Kendrick said. "The last three times out it's been better and hopefully we get on a winning roll."
Ryan Vogelsong (3-2) struck out five and didn't allow a hit until Wilin Rosario's two-out single in the fourth. The Rockies didn't get a runner past second base against Vogelsong.
LeMahieu's three-run homer with one out in the seventh broke a 34-inning scoreless streak by San Francisco pitchers. Vogelsong kept the streak alive with his outing before the Rockies got to the bullpen. The Giants staff had not allowed a run since the eighth inning at Cincinnati on Sunday.
"He threw his cutter very well, mixing speeds," LeMahieu said of Vogelsong. "Against me and probably everyone else, he was making perfect pitches, balls you couldn't put very good swings on."
Rockies: RHP Brooks Brown (right shoulder inflammation) could be activated Saturday when he is eligible to come off the 15-day DL. "He threw the ball very well (Thursday) night," manager Walt Weiss said. "As long as he shows up without any issues it's possible he can be activated."
Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.53) will start the first game on Saturday and RHP David Hale will be called up to start the second game in his season debut.