Homecoming spoiled for Gausman; Four runs over five innings cost Giants 5-2

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Denver. Jack Dempsey/AP

By Jeremy Kahn

Coming back home is always a great thing as a major leaguer, and now Kevin Gausman knows how it feels to pitch in the area where you grew up; however, it was not a happy decision.

Gausman went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking just one and striking out seven and the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 at Coors Field.

This was the longest start of the season for Gausman and the second-longest for a Giants starter, after Jeff Samardzija went 5.2 innings in Sundays 9-5 loss to the Texas Rangers at Oracle Park.

It was the third straight loss for the Giants, who committed three more errors on the evening in the thin air of Denver.

The three errors by the Giants bring their total up to 16 and have committed multiple errors in six of the 12 games played this season, including one on Tyler Heineman, who was called for catchers interference.

German Marquez went 7.1 innings, striking out nine and the Rockies improved to 8-2 on the season, tying the 2011 team for the best start thru 10 games in team history.

Nolan Arenado hit his second home run as many nights for the Rockies, while Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 on the night.

Instant replay played a big deal in this game, as what was originally ruled a three-run home run for Steven Duggar was later overturned to a two-run double that was the third consecutive hit by the Giants.

By not hitting a home run in the game, it broke a string of 13 straight that the Giants hit a home run at Coors Field that dated back to September 3, 2018.

NOTES: Pablo Sandoval broke out of a 0-for-14 slump, as he hit a single in the top of the second inning.

Drew Smyly, who is currently on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left finger will remain in the Bay Area for his physical therapy.

UP NEXT: Logan Webb will take the mound for the Giants on Wednesday, while Jon Gray will take the mound for the Rockies.

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