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Giants sweep Rockies for second time at Coors Field



Giants sweep Rockies for second time at Coors Field

If the San Francisco Giants take care of their remaining business and go on to win the National League West, they can credit their domination of the Rockies.

At Coors Field.

The Giants beat the Rockies 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Coors to complete their second sweep in LoDo this season. No other team swept the Rockies at home this season.

The Rockies, by the way, struck out 16 times, one short of the franchise record for a home game.

The Giants won the game with a four-run ninth, taking advantage of another erratic performance from right-hander Daniel Bard. He issued a leadoff walk to Steven Duggar, struck out pinch-hitter Buster Posey and then gave up another walk to Wilmer Flores. That set the table for Tommy La Stella’s go-ahead RBI single to right.

Bard struck out Kris Bryant for the second out, but manager Bud Black lifted Bard and brought in Tyler Kinley to face the left-hand-hitting Brandon Crawford. He promptly hit Kinley’s second pitching into the left-field bleachers for a three-run homer.

Colorado had tied the game, 2-2, in the seventh. With Giants starter Kevin Gausman finally out of the game, C.J. Cron hit a one-out single off Jose Alverez, advanced to second on an error by first baseman Wilmer Flores and moved to third on a balk called against Zack Littell.

Pinch-hitter Elias Diaz lashed a grounder to second baseman Donovan Solano, who threw home to get Cron. Cron was originally ruled out on a tag by catcher Curt Casali, but the call was overturned upon review.

Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela couldn’t match Gausman, but he gave his team a chance to win. The right-hander is not flashy nor dominating — just effective. He struck out just two Giants over his six innings, and he gave up eight hits. But when he departed the game, the Giants held a slim 2-1 lead.

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