With three big swings of the bat, the Rockies went from roadkill to road warriors Tuesday night at Oracle Park.
The Rockies opened the season with seven consecutive losses on the road, but home runs by Garrett Hampson, Ryan McMahon and C.J. Cron lifted them to a 7-5, 10-inning win over the San Francisco Giants.
McMahon’s two-run homer in the 10th off Gregory Santos was the difference-maker. He crushed a 92 mph slider to deep center field for his eighth homer of the season. Cron followed up with a solo launch of his own to provide a comfort zone.
McMahon and Cron’s back-to-back blasts marked just the third time in franchise history the Rockies hit back-to-back home runs in extra innings.
Hampson played the hero in the ninth. Or so the Rockies thought. Hampson hit a leadoff, pinch-hit, solo homer to dead center off Giants closer Jake McGee (the former Rockie).
Hampson’s blast, his third of the season, gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead and the guys on their bench started celebrating. Too soon, as it turned out.
Because longtime Rockies slayer Brandon Crawford jumped on closer Daniel Bard’s 1-0, 97.8 mph fastball for a leadoff homer that splashed into McCovey Cove, tying the game to send it into extra innings.
Chi Chi Gonzalez gave the Rockies the solid start they needed, going five innings. Economical and working fast, he needed only 58 pitches, and 46 of them were strikes.
The Giants tagged him for three runs on seven hits. He struck out four and walked none. Gonzalez’s one major mistake pitch was a 2-2 slider in the fifth that Brandon Belt hit to right field for a solo, two-out homer and a 3-2 San Francisco lead. Belt’s homer bounced off the top of the wall, eluded the outstretched glove of a fan and fell into McCovey Cove.
The Rockies’ chance to take control of the game fizzled in the fifth. They coaxed three walks out of Giants starter Aaron Sanchez, forcing him out of the game. Lefty Jose Alvarez came in to face left-handed-hitting McMahon. McMahon grounded back to the mound for the third out — but he certainly made up for it later.
Colorado knotted the game 3-3 in the sixth when Belt botched a sure double play by throwing wildly to first, allowing Cron to score. Cron led off the inning by drawing a walk from reliever Jose Alverez.
Another bit of good news for the Rockies was Charlie Blackmon’s two-hit night. He entered the game batting .148 and just .111 on the road (2-for-18), but ripped a two-run double to left in the first, scoring McMahon and Cron, both of whom drew walks off of Giants starter Aaron Sanchez. Blackmon also singled in the sixth.
San Francisco cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame, combining a single from Belt, a double to right by Buster Posey and an RBI groundout for first by Alex Dickerson.
The Giants tied the game, 2-2, in the fourth on Jason Vosler’s RBI double off Gonzalez, chasing home Crawford.
Rockies RHP German Marquez (1-1, 3.45 ERA) at Giants LHP Alex Wood (2-0, 0.75)
7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oracle Park
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM
Márquez’s lone loss of the season came at Oracle Park on April 11 when the Giants beat the Rockies, 4-0. Over 5 2/3 innings, Marquez allowed three runs on six hits, including two home runs. He struck out seven. The right-hander is 4-5 with a 5.46 ERA in 11 career starts vs. the Giants, and 3-4 with a 4.50 ERA in eight career starts at Oracle Park. However, Marquez has pitched very well in San Francisco of late, going 3-2 with a 2.87 ERA over his last six starts there. Wood is coming off a strong, seven-inning start over Miami. He allowed one run on just one hit in the Giants’ 5-3 win on Friday. The former Dodgers southpaw has not pitched well against the Rockies, going 4-3 with a 6.52 ERA and a 1.543 WHIP in 15 games (12 starts).
Trending: Entering Tuesday night’s game, Ryan McMahon led the majors with six defensive runs saved. He had three runs saved at both second base (tied for second-most) and third base (tied for second with St. Louis’ Nolan Arenado).
At issue: Entering Tuesday’s game, Colorado had hit 5-for-35 (.139) with runners in scoring position in their first seven road games. That was a prime ingredient in their 0-7 road start.
Thursday: Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-3, 5.76) at Diamondbacks RHP Luke Weaver (1-2, 5.47), 7:40 p.m., ATTRM
Friday: Rockies RHP Jon Gray (3-1, 2.54) at Diamondbacks LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 6.31), 7:40 p.m., ATTRM
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