Crawford’s heroics on stage once again; Giants edge Rockies 4-3

San Francisco Giants hitter Brandon Crawford launches a three run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning at Oracle Park against the Colorado Rockies on Sat Apr 10, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Brandon Crawford seems to have found his hitting stroke through the first two games of the home stand.

Crawford hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies before a crowd of 6,176 at Oracle Park. This was the Giants third win in a row and have also won four out of their last five games.

It was the second game in a row that the veteran shortstop gave the Giants the lead that they refused to give up.

Alex Dickerson led off the inning with a walk, and pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores walked; however, Evan Longoria popped out for the first out and then Crawford launched a Ben Bowden pitch onto the right field arcade to give the Giants the lead for good.

Logan Webb started for the second time this season, and pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out six. Webb also gave up a two-run home run to Ryan McMahon that gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning.

Webb, who went those five innings did not fare in the decision. The same goes for Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez, who also went five innings, allowing just one run, scattering four hits, walking three and striking out one and did not fare in the decision.

The Giants got to Gonzalez in the bottom of the third inning, as Tommy La Stella doubled to lead off the inning, then C.J. Cron made a great stab at first base to get Mike Yastrzemski and then Dickerson singled in La Stella.

Cron also made a great play in the bottom of the first inning, as robbed Dickerson of a base hit that would have given the Giants a lead early against Gonzalez.

The Rockies got to Webb in the top of the fifth inning, as Gonzalez helped out his own cause by singling off of Webb, then after Garrett Hampson struck out for the second out of the inning, McMahon gave the Rockies the lead when his two-run home run landed in the Rockies bullpen.

This was the second inning in a row that the Rockies scored, as they got on the board in the top of the fourth inning, Raimel Tapia singled to center field to score Charlie Blackmon from second base, as he doubled with one out in the inning.

The bullpen was huge in relief of Webb, as Caleb Baragar, Reyes Moronta, Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee combined to throw four innings, allowing no runs on just one hit, walking just one and striking out five.

Baragar gave up a walk and struck out a batter in his lone inning of work to pick up his second win of the 2021 season.

McGee pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out one on his way to picking up his second save in as many days and his fourth save of the season.

NOTES: Donovan Solano was presented with the 2020 Silver Slugger award prior to the game, as he was presented the Silver Slugger award by Hitting Coaches Donnie Ecker and Justin Viele along with Director of Hitting/Assistant Hitting Coach Dustin Lind.

UP NEXT: Anthony DeScalafini make his Oracle Park debut for the Giants, as he looks for his first win for the first win of the season, while the Rockies will send German Marquez will take the mound for the Rockies, as he also goes for his first win of the season.

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