07/17 19:38 CDT Solano's go-ahead homer keys Giants 11-8 win over Rockies
Solano's go-ahead homer keys Giants 11-8 win over Rockies
By DENNIS GEORGATOS
DENVER (AP) --- On a day when two of the San Francisco Giants' core players
were getting a well-deserved rest, their replacements came through in a big way.
Donovan Solano had four hits, including a tie-breaking home run, Stephen Vogt
homered and doubled, and San Francisco beat the Colorado Rockies 11-8 on
Wednesday to complete a four-game series sweep, their first at Colorado in
nearly eight years.
"Your bench play is such a critical role in your season," Giants manager Bruce
Playing a day game after a night game that followed a doubleheader on Monday,
Bochy started Solano in place of Brandon Crawford and Vogt started at catcher
in place of Buster Posey.
"Those are two guys there that can't be replaced, but for us to go in there on
a tough day game, on a hot day, and to be able to contribute the way we did,
when those two guys are on the bench, that's our job," Vogt said. "That's why
we're here, to give those guys a break and do everything we can to help this
team win when it's our turn to play."
Solano mirrored Vogt's sentiments.
"It's gratifying to have a great day, especially when you're giving a player
like Brandon Crawford a day off," Solano said through an interpreter. "But at
the same time, that's what you want to do when you get an opportunity to play,
you want to show that you belong."
Pablo Sandoval sparked a three-run first inning with a two-run double and
Brandon Belt had an RBI single among his three hits for the surging Giants, who
have won five straight and 12 of their last 14. The run has tamped down, at
least for now, talk about the Giants in decline and speculation that the team
is preparing to trade way some of its stars to begin a rebuild.
"It's a lot of fun when everybody wrote you off before the season started and
even still, it' how long is this going to last," Vogt said. "But I can say the
attitude in this room is, 'Let's win today.' We feel good about this group. Who
knows what's going to happen over the next couple of weeks. That's out of our
control. All we can control is to keep doing what we're doing."
Trevor Story and Ryan McMahon homered for the Rockies, losers of four straight
and 11 of their last 13.
San Francisco broke through for five runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Two of the three runs the Giants scored in the eighth were unearned after
center fielder Garrett Hampson, who came on in the top of the third for injured
David Dahl, failed to handle Joe Panik's fly ball for an error. Dahl fouled a
pitch off his left foot in the first inning and was removed in the second.
The Rockies got three runs in their final at-bat, including a two-out, two-run
homer by Story. Mark Melancon relieved Andrew Suraez and got Nolan Arenado to
fly out to center for the game's final out and his first save of the season.
It was the first-four game sweep by the Giants in Colorado since Sept. 15-18,
"Not a lot of satisfaction here from the homestand," Story said. "We are all
trying to deal with this as best we can. This wasn't our team. We are much
better than the way we showed."
Solano broke a 5-5 tie when he homered off Jon Gray (9-7) to start the Giants'
The Giants jumped on Gray for three first-inning runs, two of them scoring on a
double by Sandoval. Colorado went in front 4-3 on McMahon's two-run homer off
Shaun Anderson in the Rockies' fourth, a short-lived lead that was erased by
Vogt's two-run drive off Gray in the fifth.
Story tripled to start the Rockies' fifth and scored one out later on by a
single by Arenado.
Anderson, in his first career start at Coors Field, went 4 1/3 innings and
allowed five runs on eight hits.
Gray went 5 1/3 innings and allowed 11 hits and six runs. He walked three and
struck out three.
Derek Holland (2-4) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Rockies: OF David Dahl left the game in third inning after fouling a pitch off
the top of his left foot during his first-inning at bat. He is listed as day to
day with a bruised left foot. Garrett Hampson replaced him in center field. ...
INF Brendan Rodgers was transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day
IL a day after undergoing surgery to repair a Labral tear in his right
shoulder. He is likely out for the rest of the season. ... LHP Harrison
Musgrave (left elbow flexor strain) was reinstated from the 60-day IL and
optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-7, 3.86 ERA) is set to pitch Thursday night's
series opener in San Francisco against the New York Mets, the only NL team that
has not put a loss on Bumgarner's record.
Rockies: Following an off day, the Rockies open a season-long 10-game road with
an interleague series against the New York Yankees that opens Friday night with
LHP Kyle Freeland (2-6) slated to start the opener.