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Rockies 6, Giants 2: Colorado rallies for memorable win

A home run and a sweet CarGo swing helped the Rockies remain in first place

The Rockies got a stellar pitching performance and a seventh inning rally to win 6-2. The win means the Rockies secured the series win against the Giants and maintained FIRST PLACE in the NL West.

A memorable rally

This was the type of win that will stick around in our memories if the Rockies string together enough wins to make the postseason. The Rockies and Giants were tied at one in the seventh inning. German Márquez was in the midst of another outstanding performance — striking out 11 batters — but Gorkys Hernández continued to be a Rockie killer and crushed a solo home run to give the Giants a slim 2-1 lead.

But then the rally came. It started with a Ryan McMahon home run to straightaway center field to tie the game. If that image wasn’t enough, what came next was even better. A single and a couple of walks loaded the bases, and Carlos González hit a hard line drive to left-center field to clear the bases. That beautiful swing carrying the day will resonate.

Around baseball

The win means the Rockies remain in first place. There were some other games of note Tuesday night. The Cardinals, Brewers, and Phillies all won. The St. Louis and Milwaukee wins are notable because they are the two Wild Card teams, and they both have a better record than the Rockies. If the Rockies fall out of the top spot of the NL West, they may also fall out of the playoff picture. Philadelphia’s win means they’re still sticking around. They’re three games behind Atlanta in the NL East and 3.5 out of the Wild Card race.

When the Rockies game ended, the Diamondbacks and Dodgers were both leading their contests. A win for both means tomorrow will start the same way as today: The Rockies in first place in the NL West by the slimmest of margins.

Looking ahead

Antonio Senzatela and Andrew Suárez match up for tomorrow’s series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 MT.