Iannetta drives in winning run in 10th, Rox beat Giants 6-5
AP Sports Writer
DENVER — Chris Iannetta drove in the winning run with a single up the middle in the 10th inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Monday night in a game delayed 55 minutes by rain.
It was Iannetta’s eighth career walk-off RBI and first since May 11, 2016, when he was with Seattle.
Hunter Strickland (2-2) walked Nolan Arenado to start the inning, and he went to second on Trevor Story’s deep drive to center. Carlos Gonzalez was intentionally walked, bringing up a struggling Ian Desmond, who lined a single to right that popped out of Andrew McCutchen’s glove. Iannetta followed with a single that went under Strickland’s glove.
The Giants had something brewing in the 10th when Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford had back-to-back singles off reliever Bryan Shaw (2-3). Shaw wiggled out of the jam with three straight grounders.
In the ninth, Wade Davis found himself in a predicament. After getting two outs, the Rockies closer issued two straight walks and then hit Buster Posey. But Davis got Brandon Belt to softly line out to second and quell the threat.
Pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single in the sixth that gave the Giants a 5-4 lead. Colorado tied it in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Desmond.
Gorkys Hernandez had a solo shot and Longoria drove in three runs with a pair of doubles for a Giants team that’s now dropped 11 of their last 12 at Coors Field.
Andrew Suarez got off to a rough start, giving up a three-run homer to Story in the first. But the Giants left-hander settled down to retire his last eight batters in the no-decision.
Rockies starter Chad Bettis was done in by Longoria, who had a two-run double in the first and another double in the sixth that tied the game.
Posey was back at catcher after missing the last two games with a sore hip. He was 1 for 4 with a run scored and hit by pitch. He also threw out Charlie Blackmon trying to steal second in the seventh.
Rockies: 2B DJ LeMahieu (sprained left thumb) took swings in the batting cage. “He’s getting closer,” manager Bud Black said. “Closer than you think.” … RHP Adam Ottavino was placed on the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique. … Pinch-hitter David Dahl singled in the ninth and stole second base, banging up his left leg while sliding. He stayed in after trainers checked on him.
Giants: INF Joe Panik (left thumb) went 1 for 2 with a run scored in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. … The Giants are nearing a decision with OF Hunter Pence (right thumb), who’s been on a rehab assignment. “We’ll see where we’re at with him,” manager Bruce Bochy said. … The plan for RHP Mark Melancon (strained elbow flexor) is to start “ramping him up a little bit more, at some point go back-to-back days,” Bochy said.
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-3, 6.23 ERA) is 4-5 against Colorado with a 3.84 ERA in 16 games.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (4-5, 3.28 ERA) has won three of four starts this month, with a 2.05 ERA.
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