The Rockies won a high-scoring affair against the visiting Giants thanks to some hot bats and solid work from the bullpen after another poor start. Story was robbed of another two homers by the new fences, but ended the night 3-for-4 in what has continued to be an impressive start to his debut season.
Jordan Lyles took the mound looking to bounce back after a dreadful start against the San Diego Padres last Friday, a night that saw the 25-year-old righty struggle through 3 1/3 innings. Needing a whopping 84 pitches to do so, Lyles allowed five earned runs on seven hits and three walks. For the sake of the bullpen, the Rockies are going to need their guys to go a lot farther than that. Unfortunately, Lyles had another rough night as he allowed five runs on two walks and six hits through just 4 2/3 innings.
Jake Peavy took the hill for the Giants and looked as hittable as he did in his previous start against the Dodgers, allowing six runs on 11 hits and a walk. The Rockies got on the board early thanks to a leadoff triple from Charlie Blackmon, who scored on Story's sac fly. CarGo followed with a triple of his own and was plated on a groundout from Nolan Arenado. The Rockies threatened again in the second after DJ LeMahieu singled and Charlie Blackmon doubled, but an unlucky rebound on a ball thrown past Trevor Brown allowed the Giants to throw DJ out as he tried to get back to third.
The Rockies offense tacked on three runs in the third and another in the fourth. Nolan Arenado plated CarGo with a two-run homer in the third inning before Paulsen doubled home Parra. Nolan knocked in Trevor Story, who had tripled, in the fourth inning to extend the Rockies lead. Story tripled again in the sixth and scored on CarGo's single to give the Rockies a 7-5 lead, but because scoring runs is fun the Rockies bats put up three more in the eighth courtesy of another Nolan Arenado homer.
The Giants scored two runs in the third and tacked on another three in the fifth inning to cut the Rockies lead to one, giving Lyles the boot in favor of Chris Rusin, who struck out Belt to end the inning. Rusin went on to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing all of zero hits. Castro replaced Rusin in the eighth, allowing a single run before giving way to Jake McGee, who closed out the game and secured the win for the Rockies.