Rockies edge Giants 6-5; Rox starter Gray goes six allows two runs

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray throws to the San Francisco Giants line up at Coors Field in Denver on Wed May 5, 2021 (AP News photo) 

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants fell 6-5 to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, dropping the series to the worst team in the division and going 2-4 in the road trip.

Right hand pitcher Jon Gray tossed six solid innings and struck out eight at Coors Field. Gray allowed two runs and four hits and improved 4-0 in his five starts at home, where he said he feels “comfortable.”

“It’s home for me and I know I can outpitch the other guy,” Gray said.

Brandon Crawford had a two-run homer in the second inning. He said he feels “good at the plate” and has been able to lay off pitches he was swinging early on.

“Been able to square balls up recently and when you square balls up in Colorado they typically seem to go a long way,” Crawford said.

Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb began strong, retiring the first 10 players at bat. But Colorado made inroads in the fourth inning, with Charlie Blackmon hitting a two-run single that tied the game. A walk loaded the bases and Webb was done after Alan Trejo got an RBI with a four-pitch walk.

“That last one was tough,” Webb said.

Gray continued his good afternoon with an RBI single. Then Raimel Tapia hit a two-run single that put the Rockies up 6-2.

Webb struck out five and walked three in just 3 2/3 innings.

Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer to put the Giants within two runs in the seventh inning, but they were not able to catch up to Colorado.

Giants catcher Buster Posey left in the fifth inning due to a tight right hamstring.

Manager Gabe Kapler said Posey’s whole lower half has been tight and they did not want to risk him getting further injured.

“I’m optimistic Buster will be fine and be in the lineup on Friday,” Kapler said.

The Giants open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday with right hand pitcher Anthony DeSclafani on the mound. First pitch is at 6:45 p.m.

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