After going down 4-0 in the first inning, the Rockies clawed back with five unanswered runs against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, but it was all for naught as Carlos Estevez gave up two runs in the eighth as the Rockies lost, 6-5.
Buster Posey’s two-run, pinch hit double put the Giants ahead against Estevez, and the Rockies squandered opportunities at the plate in each of the final two innings, leading to the loss. Daniel Murphy struck out against Giants closer Will Smith with two on in the ninth to end the game.
Story, Blackmon play long ball
Until the collapse in the eighth, the story of the game was the Rockies comeback, spurred by home runs from a pair of All-Stars. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon each took Madison Bumgarner deep, Story with a two-run homer in the third and Blackmon hitting a solo shot in the fifth. There was also this nifty piece of baserunning by Nolan Arenado to give the Rockies the lead:
Eighth inning bites Rockies
The Rockies held a 5-4 lead going to the eighth inning, but with one out, Jake McGee walked Joe Panik and gave up a single to Austin Slater before being removed for Carlos Estevez, who gave up a two-run double to pinch hitter Buster Posey, giving the Giants a 6-5 lead they would not relinquish.
The Rockies will look for a series win in the rubber game against the Giants tomorrow, with Kyle Freeland taking the mound against Tyler Beede. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.