DENVER (AP) — Tommy La Stella homered on the second pitch of the game and doubled up twice as the San Francisco Giants extended their dominance against Colorado with a 10-7 win over the Rockies on Tuesday night.
San Francisco has won 12 straight games against NL West rival Colorado since Aug. 15, 2021. It’s the longest franchise streak against a single opponent since the New York Giants won 12 of continued against the Philadelphia Phillies from July 1945 to April 1946. .
“I just don’t want to celebrate that kind of thing,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kabler said. “We have a baseball game (Wednesday) and I think I’ll try to win it.”
Camilo Doval pitched the ninth inning for his seventh save. The Giants have won eight straight at Coors Field.
“I think it’s just that things worked out well for a number of games,” La Stella said. “They’re a good team on the other side and in a place like this the game is really never over.”
Randal Grichuk homered and CJ Cron had three hits for the Rockies, who lost eight of nine overall.
La Stella spent the first five weeks of the season with an inflamed right Achilles but was activated from the injured list before the start of the series.
He fell short on his season debut on Monday night, but on his second at bat of the year, he hit a 93 mph sinker and threw 464 feet into the second deck in right field. It started a 14-hit blast, with Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Crawford also finishing with three hits apiece.
“I caught that one pretty well,” La Stella said. “I thought it was good to get off the bat. I didn’t know it was going to be 464.”
Brendan Rodgers had an RBI single in second for Colorado, but his second error of the game at second base sparked a four-run third inning for the Giants. Yastrzemski had a two-run brace, and Darin Ruf and Thairo Estrada scored against Rockies starter Chad Kuhl (3-2).
The Giants scored two runs apiece against Jhoulys Chacín and Justin Lawrence in the sixth, but Colorado scored five in the bottom of the inning – three on Grichuk’s fifth homer of the season that ended the night for starter Alex Cobb (3-1).
It was Cobb’s second win over the Rockies in six days.
“Playing the same team twice and then pitching to Coors, I kind of ran out of ideas to try to get through some of the high leverage situations,” Cobb said.
Giants: Kapler said he believes LHP Jake McGee (lower back tightness) will serve the minimum time on the 15-day disabled list. McGee is eligible to step down on May 26. … LaMonte Wade Jr. was dropped from the starting lineup with pain behind one of his knees.
Rockies: Place RHP Antonio Senzatela on 10-day IL with lower back pain. Senzatela left Monday’s start after pitching two scoreless innings. Colorado recalled Lawrence from Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Rockies went to receiver Dom Núñez at Triple-A and selected receiver Brian Serven from the Isotopes. This is Serven’s first appearance on a major league roster.
The Giants will send RHP Logan Webb (5-1, 3.48 ERA) to the mound against LHP Kyle Freeland (1-4, 4.91) on Wednesday to wrap up the series.
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