April 28, 2021; San Francisco, California, United States; San Francisco Giants wide receiver Curt Casali (left) slides safely home as he scores on a single two-point RBI shot by first baseman Brandon Belt (9) against the Rockies Colorado in the second inning as home plate umpire CB Bucknor watches at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Wood won his third straight start and Camilo Doval came out of a seventh inning mess with minimal damage on Wednesday night as the San Francisco Giants delayed the Colorado Rockies’ visit 7-3 to take two of three in the duel of the clubs of the National League West.
Mike Tauchman had three hits in his debut with the Giants while Brandon Belt. with a hit, and Curt Casali, without any, achieved two points apiece, helping San Francisco win for the fifth time in their last seven games and stay tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West .
After two goal-filled walks by Rockies starter German Marquez and a two-run single by Belt gave the Giants a 4-0 lead in the second, Wood hit in the sixth.
A two-out brace from Garrett Hampson ended the offer without a hit, and the Rockies ended the shutout when a walk and back-to-back singles from CJ Cron, Charlie Blackmon and Yonathan Daza narrowed the gap to 4-1 without anyone coming out in the seventh.
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Doval came on to bring Josh Fuentes to the ground in a double play, allowing a second run to score, then, after a walk, the reliever abandoned pinch hitter Raimel Tapia on a return to retain the two-run advantage.
The Giants picked up the points – and more – at the bottom of the inning, scoring three times on a Tauchman RBI single, Casali-laden second-run of the game and a Wilmer Flores single.
Tauchman started in center field a day after being acquired in a trade from the New York Yankees.
The Rockies did not go quietly in the ninth, finishing 7-3 on a single from Fuentes and RBI double by Elias Diaz. But Matt Wisler retired the last two men he faced, sending the Rockies to their fifth loss to the Giants in six games already this season.
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Wood (3-0) worked over six innings and was charged with two runs on four hits. He walked two and pulled out nine.
Marquez (1-2) took the loss after allowing four runs and four hits in four innings, he delivered three goals and struck out five.
With two singles, the Giants’ Alex Dickerson joined Tauchman as the only player of the game with several hits.
San Francisco beat Colorado 9-7. All nine of the Giants’ hits were singles.
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