09/26 18:18 CDT Giants hold NL West lead, top Rockies; Belt's hand injured
Giants hold NL West lead, top Rockies; Belt's hand injured
By MICHAEL KELLY
DENVER (AP) --- Brandon Crawford homered to cap a four-run ninth inning and the
San Francisco Giants held their lead in the NL West, beating the Colorado
Rockies 6-2 on Sunday.
The Giants, who have won 15 of 19, began the day with a two-game lead over the
Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco now heads home to Oracle Park with a chance
to clinch their first division title since 2012.
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left the game in the seventh inning after
getting hit on the left hand with a pitch while squaring to bunt. Manager Gabe
Kapler said X-rays were inconclusive and Belt will be reevaluated back in San
San Francisco had to work for its sixth straight win at Coors Field, and its
102nd victory overall --- its most since winning 103 in 1993.
It was 2-all when reliever Daniel Bard (7-8) walked Steven Duggar and Wilmer
Flores, and pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella lined an RBI single with one out.
Tyler Kinley replaced Bard and Crawford connected with two outs for his 23rd
Camilo Doval (5-1) pitched the eighth inning for the win.
San Francisco starter Kevin Gausman struck out 11 in six innings but was left
with a no-decision when Colorado tied it in the seventh.
Gausman retired 13 straight after Garrett Hampson's single to lead off the
first inning. C.J. Cron ended the streak with his 28th homer with one out in
the fifth that cut San Francisco's lead to 2-1.
Giants reliever Ryan Littell committed a balk in the seventh to put runners on
second and third. Cron, who led off with a single, scored on a grounder when he
beat the throw home from second baseman Donovan Solano that tied it at 2.
The Giants scored their first run on a groundout in the second inning and added
another in the fifth. Belt reached on a bloop double with two outs and scored
on Kris Bryant's single.
Giants: INF Darin Ruf (right oblique strain) was planning on taking swings
Sunday and is hopeful to come off the 10-day injured list on Thursday, the
first day he is eligible.
Belt was hit when he squared to bunt against reliever Lucas Gilbreath. He
stayed in the game to run but Flores took over at first in the bottom of the
Belt's absence was magnified when Flores' error in the seventh contributed to
the tying run.
Giants: Have an off day on Monday and then host Arizona on Tuesday in the first
of six home games against the Diamondbacks and San Diego to close the regular
season. San Francisco has not announced a starter for Tuesday.
Rockies: RHP Germn Mrquez (12-10, 4.32) will make his final home start of the
season when Colorado opens a three-game series against the Washington Nationals
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