May 19, 2018 / 11:47 PM / 9 months ago

Crawford, Giants pound Rockies 9-4

Brandon Crawford highlighted a 17-hit attack with a two-run double and two-run home run Saturday afternoon, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 9-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies in San Francisco.

Andrew McCutchen complemented Crawford’s performance with three hits, including a pair of doubles, as the Giants turned the tables on the Rockies after Colorado had won the first two games of the series 5-3 and 6-1.

The Rockies led 2-1 before singles by McCutchen and Buster Posey, and a walk to Brandon Belt, loaded the bases in the third inning, setting the stage for Crawford’s two-run, go-ahead double. Miguel Gomez followed with an RBI single, completing a three-run inning while increasing the San Francisco lead to 4-2.

The Rockies hung within 5-4 before McCutchen doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth inning to give the Giants a three-run cushion.

Crawford then smacked his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the seventh, putting the Giants in a commanding position at 9-4. He finished 3-for-5, raising his batting average in May to .449 (31-for-69).

Right-hander Chris Stratton (5-3) got the win despite allowing four runs (three earned) and eight hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out one. Four Giants relievers combined to blank the Rockies the rest of the way.

Right-hander Jon Gray (4-6) took the loss. He was roughed up for five runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out four. Along the way, Gray recorded his 400th career strikeout.

Crawford finished with four RBIs for the Giants, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 on a seven-game homestand that ends Sunday.

Posey, Belt, Gomez and Evan Longoria added two hits apiece for the Giants.

Charlie Blackmon and Gerardo Parra had two hits each, and Ian Desmond scored twice for the Rockies, who fell to 3-2 on their nine-game trip.

Blackmon also scored a pair of runs, while Parra had Colorado’s only extra-base hit in the game, a double.

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