Crawford’s three-run blast propels Giants past Rockies 4-3

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Brandon Crawford delivered the game-winning hit for the second day in a row as the San Francisco Giants continued their solid early-season play with a 4–3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park Saturday afternoon.

Crawford’s go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth came after the Giants put a pair of runners on following back-to-back walks by Rockies left-hander Ben Bowden, giving San Francisco their third in a row.

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Brandon Crawford celebrates his three-run home run in the sixth inning of the Giants 4-3 win over the Rockies Saturday afternoon.

Giants starter Logan Webb looked impressive at the start, striking out five Colorado batters thru 4 1/3 innings, but the Rockies finally broke thru in the fifth. After opposing pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez got to him for a single, just the second base hit of his career, Ryan McMahon laced a two-run homer to deep right center, his fifth blast in just nine games of the young season, staking Colorado to what would be a short-lived 3-1 lead.

After Crawford’s heroics in the bottom of the following inning, it was the Giants bullpen time to shine. Caleb Baragar, Reyes Moranta and Tyler Rogers all pitched shutout frames to hold the Rockies at bay heading into the ninth. Closer Jake McGee then came on to retire the side in order and record his fourth save in six scoreless appearances to start his Giants career.

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Even Longoria, Brandon Crawford and Tommy LaStella (pictured L-R) celebrate the last out of San Francisco’s 4-3 victory over the Rockies Saturday afternoon at Oracle Park, their third win in a row.

The two teams return to the field for the finale of the three-game series Sunday afternoon, with Anthony DeSclafani making his home debut for the Giants against Colorado’s Germán Márquez.

GAME NOTES:

The Giants win in their home opener yesterday was their first since the 2017 season, but improved their record in home openers to 39-25 since relocating to San Francisco prior to the 1958 season.

Catcher Buster Posey threw out two of the four Colorado runners who attempted to steal second base Saturday.

Giants pitchers had a season-high 11 strikeouts Saturday.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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