San Francisco Giants Friday game wrap: Marrero goes deep for first time in win 8-2

April 14, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Denard Span (2) scores a run on a single by Brandon Belt against the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 14, 2017, in San Francisco. Fans light up the stands with their phones. TheGiants won 8-2. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-It maybe just the second week of the season, but this was a huge win for the San Francisco Giants.

Chris Marrero hit his first major league home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the third, helping the Giants to an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies before a crowd of 42,738, the 494th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Marrero also singled in his second at-bat, as the Giants won for the third time in five games on their opening home stand.

The win by the Giants gave Johnny Cueto his third win in as many starts on the 2017 season, as the right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out six.

Hunter Pence drove in the Giants third run of the evening, as he singled in Span, who singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Brandon Crawford returned to the Giants lineup after missing Thursday’s game due to a family emergency and hit a solo home run, his second of the season to lead-off the bottom of the fourth inning.

After reliever Jake McGee struck out the first two batters of the seventh inning, Span lengthened the inning, as he walked off of McGee. Brandon Belt then singled, and after a fielding error by Charlie Blackmon in center field, Span scored.

Carlos Estevez then replaced McGee, and Pence greeted him with a single that drove in Belt, then Nick Hundley singled to left field, then Crawford singled in Pence and on the throw, Hundley went to third base. Eduardo Nunez made it six consecutive hits, as he singled in Hundley.

Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson lasted just four innings, as he allowed four runs on five hits, walking one, striking out one and also committed two balks.

Bud Black, who is in his first year as manager of the Rockies was ejected from the game in the top of the fifth inning by home plate umpire Mike Everitt for arguing.

Cueto was cruising along after allowing a single to D.J. LeMahieu in the top of the first inning, as he retired the next eight batters until LeMahieu singled again in the top of the fourth inning.

The Rockies finally got on the board in the top of the fifth inning, as Mark Reynolds led off the inning with a single, then Trevor Story walked and after a Raimel Tapia pop-out to Crawford at shortstop, pinch hitter Chris Cardullo reached on a Fielders’ Choice and a fielding error by Joe Panik.

On the Fielders’ Choice and error by Panik, both Reynolds and Story each scored to cut the Giants lead in half; however, that would be as close as the Rockies would get.

Derek Law pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Cory Gearrin celebrated his 31st birthday by pitching the ninth inning and retired the Rockies in order.

NOTES: Matt Moore makes his second start of the home stand on Saturday afternoon for the Giants, while Tyler Chatwood will take the mound for the Rockies, as he looks for his first win of the 2017 season.

On this date in 2010, former Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff hit his first career inside-the-park home run in a 6-0 shutout over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lefthander Jonathan Sanchez went eight innings, and struck out 11 on his way to the victory.

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