Rockies finally win on road, beat Giants 7-5 in 10

Michael Wagaman Associated Press
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ryan McMahon and C.J. Cron hit back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning and the Colorado Rockies finally won on the road, beating the San Francisco Giants 7-5 Tuesday night.

Garrett Hampson also went deep for Colorado, and Charlie Blackmon added two hits and two RBIs.

The Rockies lost their first seven away from Coors Field but manager Bud Black’s ballclub avoided joining the 2009 Washington Nationals, the 2006 Kansas City Royals and the 2003 Detroit Tigers as the only teams in the modern era to drop their first eight road games.

“We’ve had tough losses on the road, close games, a pitch here or there, a big knock here or there. Tonight we got the big knocks,” Black said. “We have to get the big hit when we have the opportunity. Hopefully moving forward we’ll get more. That was a good one.”

Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford homered for San Francisco. The Giants had won their first four against the Rockies this year before Colorado’s power display over the final two innings.

With Yonathan Daza starting the 10th at second base, McMahon crushed an 0-1 pitch from Gregory Santos (0-2) to center field for his eighth home run this season.

“He had a little cut action on most of his stuff so I was trying to get a good pitch, trying to get on top of it,” McMahon said. “He made a mistake and I didn’t miss it.”

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Santos left his slider over the middle of the plate.

“McMahon’s a good hitter with pop,” Kapler said. “Santos’ slider is a plus pitch. It got whacked.”

Cron followed with his fourth of the year.

Daniel Bard (1-1) retired three batters and got the win despite his second blown save. Carlos Estevez gave up an RBI single to Buster Posey in the 10th but held on for his first save.

Hampson connected for a pinch-hit homer off Giants closer Jake McGee in the top of the ninth to put the Rockies ahead 4-3 before Crawford tied it in the bottom half with a leadoff shot against Bard that landed in McCovey Cove.