Apr 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Eddie Butler (31) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
After taking two of four from the San Diego Padres to break a five-game losing streak, the Colorado Rockies faced the San Francisco Giants Friday night to begin a weekend series in Denver.
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The Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants Friday night 6-4, behind six strong innings from Eddie Butler, three hits from DJ LeMahieu (and fifteen team hits), and a timely pinch-hit RBI double from Rafael Ynoa.
Butler started for the Rockies and pitched quite well, despite giving up the early lead when Justin Maxwell homered for the Giants, with Brandon Belt on base, to make it 2-0 in the top of the second inning.
The Rockies struck quickly, though, and got both runs back in the bottom of the second inning, when Nick Hundley doubled home Justin Morneau. LeMahieu then singled to score Hundley and tie the game.
The Giants picked up another run in the top of the third when Angel Pagan singled home Gregor Blanco, but a Charlie Blackmon solo home run in the bottom of the third would re-tie the game at 3 apiece.
The 3-3 game held until the fifth, when Belt doubled home Joe Panik for the Giants to make it 4-3.
Like they had twice before in the game, though, the Rockies came roaring back. LeMahieu doubled again to score Carlos Gonzalez and re-tie the game (again) at 4. Rafael Ynoa then pinch-hit for Butler, who was finished after tossing six frames, and Ynoa doubled home LeMahieu.
Then, a Corey Dickerson single scored Ynoa to make the game 6-4 in favor of the Rockies.
That 6-4 score was good enough to end the game, and good bullpen work by the Rockies earned the victory for Butler.
Christian Friedrich, Brooks Brown, Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino combined on the final nine outs of the game, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out two batters.
Butler tossed six innings, allowing nine hits and two walks – with four runs – and three strikeouts, earning his second win of the year. Ottavino notched his third save and kept his 0.00 ERA intact, only allowing a weak single in the ninth inning before a double play ended the game.
The Rockies banged out 15 hits, with LeMahieu leading the way on a 3-for-4 day, and Justin Morneau, Arenado, Dickerson, and Blackmon all getting two hits apiece.
The Rockies are now 10-7, in the midst of a three-game winning streak after having lost five in a row immediately prior to this hot period.
The Rockies and Giants play again tomorrow night at 6:10 pm MT before finishing the series Sunday afternoon.