Ian Desmond’s first home run as a Rockie at Coors Field gave his team the lead for good and provided three of his four RBIs in the win.
San Francisco got on the board first with Joe Panik’s first inning home run against Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. Another solo home run. this one from Denard Span, extended the Giants’ lead to 2-0 against Senzatela in the third.
The Rockies got on the board in the bottom of the third when back-to-back doubles from Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu cut the deficit to 2-1. The double was one of four hits on the day for LeMahieu, who became the first Rockies player to have four hits in consecutive games since Carlos Gonzalez in 2010.
With two outs in the fifth, the Giants doubled their run total when walked Austin Slater and coughed up a two-run home run to pitcher Jeff Samardzija, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead.
However, the offense picked up Senzatela in the bottom of the inning. Blackmon tripled home Tony Wolters and then scored on a LeMahieu single, cutting the lead to 4-3. After Nolan Arenado singled, Desmond hit his fifth home run of the season, his first at Coors Field, giving the Rockies a 6-4 lead.
After the Giants got a run back against Senzatela in the top of the sixth, pinch hitter Trevor Story hit his ninth home run of the season, restoring the Rockies’ two-run lead at 7-5.
The Rockies got some much-needed insurance runs in the seventh when LeMahieu walked and scored on Desmond’s sacrifice fly. A single from Raimel Tapia then brought home Carlos Gonzalez and an Alexi Amarista double scored Tapia, giving the Rockies a 10-5 lead.
San Francisco scored a pair against reliever Chris Rusin to cut the lead to 10-7 and despite giving up a run in the ninth, Greg Holland locked down his 24th save of the season.
The Rockies will look for the series win and their fourth straight win overall tomorrow afternoon as Kyle Freeland takes the mound against Matt Cain. First pitch is 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.