Colorado Rockies, Kyle Kendrick Succumb To Giants’ Giant Home Runs


Jun 28, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman M. Duffy (5) scores after hitting a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants met for the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.

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Buster Posey drove in three runs, Matt Duffy finished the game a single shy of the cycle, and Kyle Kendrick allowed two solo home runs, all adding up to the Colorado Rockies losing the rubber match of their three-game series with the San Francisco Giants Sunday afternoon, 6-3, at AT&T Park.

The Rockies got things started early, when Nolan Arenado crushed a two-run home run to left field off Madison Bumgarner for a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning off the Giants’ ace. It was Arenado’s 23rd of the year, and extended his hot streak to seven homers in the last seven games.

The lead was short-lived, though. The Giants scored a run in the bottom of the first when Buster Posey hit an RBI single, and then Posey was at it again in the bottom of the third off Rockies’ starter Kyle Kendrick, doubling home two more runs  — including Bumgarner, who got on base with his own single off Kendrick — to give the Giants a 3-2 lead after three frames.

Both Kendrick and Bumgarner would settle down for a few innings, though, and neither team could score again through the first half of the game.

In the bottom of the sixth, though, both Matt Duffy and Brandon Crawford blasted solo home runs off Kendrick, knocking him out of the game after 5.2 innings pitched, and giving the Giants a 5-2 lead. Kendrick allowed five runs on eight hits and no walks, striking out four Giants but leaving the game in line for his tenth loss of the year. He allowed two homers on the day; his 23 allowed still leads the Major Leagues.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Giants added another home run off the bat of Bumgarner — the pitcher’s second of the year — when Christian Bergman served him up a solo blast that hit the left field foul pole to make the game 6-2.

Arenado blasted his second home run of the game — and eighth in seven games — in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough for the Rox.

On the mound, too, Bumgarner was the story. He threw  7.2 innings, allowing five hits, two runs, and two walks while striking out eight Rockies.

The Rockies couldn’t rally late, and lost the day game.

The Rockies now head to Oakland where they will face the Athletics for three games beginning Monday night, followed by four games in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks to finish out their ten-game road trip.

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