Story, Blackmon power Rockies to 6-5 win over Giants
DENVER — Trevor Story hit his first career grand slam and Charlie Blackmon lined an inside-the-park homer as part of a six-run fourth inning, helping the Colorado Rockies beat Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on a rainy Friday night.
It’s the first time an NL team has hit a grand slam and an inside-the-parker in the same inning since the 1950 New York Giants, according to STATS. The Boston Red Sox accomplished the feat in 2011.
Tyler Chatwood (2-2) started off shaky before finding his rhythm. He went six innings and allowed four runs. This was quite a contrast to his outing last weekend at San Francisco, when he threw a complete-game shutout.
Jake McGee bailed the Rockies out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth by getting a fly out and a pop out. Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth straight save to start this season.
The Rockies improved to 7-0 in one-run games. They were 12-20 last season.
Cueto (3-1) struggled in the fourth when the rain picked up intensity. The right-hander allowed his first big league grand slam on a fastball to Story. Later, with a runner on, Blackmon hit a sinking liner to right that Hunter Pence appeared to lose in the lights at the last instant.
The ball rolled all the way to the wall and Blackmon easily beat the throw home for Colorado’s first inside-the-park homer since Brandon Barnes on June 14, 2014, at San Francisco.
Cueto went five innings and gave up six runs as his streak of seven straight wins dating to last season was halted. Brandon Belt homered in the fifth for the Giants.
Giants: Lefty Madison Bumgarner (bruised ribs, sprained joint in shoulder) was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career after a dirt bike accident Thursday on the team’s off day. “Unfortunately, the accident happened,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Our focus, it’s on, ‘Let’s get him healthy.’ ”
Rockies: 1B Ian Desmond (broken left hand) hit in the cage Friday. … RHP Chad Qualls (forearm tightness) will soon be heading out on a rehab assignment.
Giants: Lefty Matt Moore (1-2, 4.26 ERA) went 2 2⁄3 innings and gave up six runs during his last outing at Coors Field on Sept. 5, 2016.
Rockies: Righty Antonio Senzatela (2-0, 2.37 ERA) picked up his second major league win last weekend at San Francisco.
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