Seventh-inning rally leads Rockies to 5-2 victory over the Giants

Jul 2, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu (9) fields and throws to first for an out in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants Monday night, 5-2.

The game started on a sour note for the Rockies and starting pitcher Kyle Freeland as he surrendered a home run on the first pitch of the ballgame to Gorkys Hernandez to give San Francisco an early lead.

The Giants scored again in the third inning when former National League MVP Buster Posey drove home a run with an RBI double to center field to make the score 2-0. Outside of the two runs, Freeland was sharp on the mound throughout his outing as he would depart with a line of seven innings pitched allowing, two runs on three hits while walking a batter and striking out three.

The Rockies bats were silent throughout a majority of the game; however, were able to break through for a three-run seventh inning to give Colorado a lead they would successfully defend.

Pat Valiakia started the inning with a pinch-hit single in place of Freeland. DJ LeMahiue then hit a single with Charlie Blackmon following by reaching base on an infield single to load the bases for Nolan Arenado who worked a five-pitch walk to force home a run, making the score 2-1.

From there, Trevor Story hit into a double-play which scored another run to tie the game a two runs apiece. Ian Desmond then proceded to hit a routine groundball to Giants’ shortstop Brandon Crawford who committed an error on the throw to first base which escaped Brandon Belt to allow another Rockies’ run to score, giving Colorado a 3-2 lead.

The Rockies added a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the first coming off the bat of catcher Tom Murphy who ripped a double to left-center field to score a run. Blackmon then brought home another run via a sacrifice fly to extend Colorado’s lead to 5-2.

Wade Davis locked things down in the ninth inning to secure the victory and his 24th save of the season.

The Rockies and Giants will continue their series tomorrow night at Coors Field with first pitch set for 6:10 MST.

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