When Giants need him at his best, Cueto gives up 7 runs in blowout loss to Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO — With another opportunity to take a step toward securing a playoff berth, the San Francisco Giants sent their Opening Day starter Johnny Cueto to the mound against a Colorado Rockies team that’s fallen out of contention.At a point in the season when the Giants needed Cueto to pitch like the ace, he turned in one of the worst starts of his five-year tenure in San Francisco.Cueto gave up seven earned runs — the most he’s allowed as a Giant — in 4 1/3 innings and failed to keep his club in the game in a 7-2 defeat to the Rockies that dropped San Francisco (26-27) a game below .500 …

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