DENVER (AP) – Brandon Crawford capped a big day at the plate with a defensive gem. Crawford homered 3 x and drove in nine runs over the course of two games Monday, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in the nightcap to complete a sweep of the break up doubleheader. He completed off the offensive screen with some dazzling glove work, making a diving stop of Nolan Arenado’s ninth-inning grounder and flipping the ball to second baseman Donovan Solano for a power out to help seal the Game 2 success. Giants supervisor Bruce Bochy said. Crawford implemented Stephen Vogt’s homer off Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-2) leading from the fourth with one of his own.
It was the second time on the day he was part of a back to back again set. In the first game, Crawford proceeded to go 5 for 6 with two homers and tied a San Francisco team record with eight RBIs as the Giants have scored a season high in runs in a 19-2 rout of the Rockies.
Crawford said following the first game. Dereck Rodriguez (4-5), recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to the second game prior, pitched five innings and allowed one operate on four strikes. He struck out six and strolled none and held the Rockies in the backyard during his outing. The Giants got four innings of scoreless alleviation, capped by Will Smith, who got three outs for his 24th save. Gonzalez, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque before the second game, proceeded to go five innings and allowed five strikes, like the successive homers to Vogt and Crawford.
Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski returned to back the first inning of the first game, which was a makeup for a May 8 rainout. Garrett Hampson, the fleet infielder who pulled off the uncommon feat of scoring from second foundation on an infield groundout in a Rockies’ win over Cincinnati on Sunday, was twice tagged from the basepaths in Monday’s nightcap.
He reached on an error in the third inning and after right fielder Austin Slater lowered Charlie Blackmon’s fly ball for one, Hampson made a dash for home but dropped and slipped rounding third. He tried to scramble to third but was tagged out by Pablo Sandoval back again. In the fifth, Hampson doubled in the Rockies’ only run but tried to stretch the hit into a triple. Called safe Initially, a replay review demonstrated Sandoval got the tag down before his hand hit the bag. Rockies Daniel Murphy said.
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Yastrzemski went 4 for 6 with a homer and Buster Posey also proceeded to go deep for San Francisco in the first game where the Rockies allowed the most runs ever in a game against the Giants, an NL West rival. Preserving his bullpen in the one-sided slugfest earlier, Rockies supervisor Bud Black placed first baseman Mark Reynolds to pitch the ninth. Reynolds allowed two runs and two hits. It had been the third amount of time in Rockies history a position player have been used as a pitcher.
Jeff Samardzija (7-7), who experienced allowed 17 works in 12 1/3 innings in dropping his three previous begins at Colorado, didn’t give up a run until pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia homered to straightaway middle with two outs in the 6th inning. Ryan McMahon homered in the seventh for the Rockies’ other run.
Samardzija retired the first six batters he confronted and completed with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed two works and four hits. German Marquez (8-5), who won both of his earlier starts against the Giants in San Francisco this season, allowed a career-high 11 works on 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Crawford added an RBI solitary in the fourth, a two-run drive off Jesus Tinoco in the 6th and a two-run single in the ninth off Reynolds. Tinoco was optioned to Triple A Albuquerque after the game to make roster room for Gonzalez. Giants: 3B Evan Longoria was placed on the 10-day harmed list because of still left foot plantar fasciitis. His roster spot was loaded by the recall of RHP Ray Black from Triple A-Sacramento.
Longoria was raised from Sunday’s game at Milwaukee in the fifth inning because of left foot soreness. Giants: The team announced after the second game that RHP Drew Pomeranz (2-9, 6.42 ERA) would start Tuesday night’s game here. Rockies: Rookie RHP Peter Lambert (2-1, 6.67 ERA) can look to rebound after taking his first profession loss last periods when he allowed four works on five hits in five innings in a July 3 setback to Houston.