DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit a three-run, two-out homer off Camilo Doval to cap a comeback from a four-run deficit in the final inning, giving the Colorado Rockies an 8-6 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night for a doubleheader split.
“We had five guys in a row reach. That was pretty awesome hitting and I just felt things were going our way,” Blackmon said. Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead single and a grand slam in a 10-run first inning that propelled the Giants to a 12-4 victory in the opener, then homered again as the Giants built a 6-2, sixth-inning lead in the second game. Belt had seven RBIs in the doubleheader, shortened to seven-inning games under pandemic rules.
“It feels pretty good,” said Belt who joined Willie Mays as the only San Francisco Giants player to homer in the first inning of successive games on the same day. “Obviously, it would have been better if we pulled off two wins today but we can make it all right by winning tomorrow.” Pinch-hitter Alan Trejo singled off Jake McGee with one out in the seventh, Garrett Hampson singled with two outs, and Trevor Story’s two-run double cut the deficit to 6-4.
Ryan McMahon hit an RBI single, Doval (0-1) relieved and C.J. Cron fouled off a 2-2 pitch, worked the count full and blooped a single to right. Blackmon hit his second homer of the season, driving a full-count slider into the right-field seats for his fourth game-ending home run.
“It looked like we were in dire straits but we strung at bats together,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I told the guys that’s the secret, to really bear down and play all 27 outs on both sides and we did that tonight.” Ben Bowden (1-2) got his first big league win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the second game. Wilmer Flores and Cron had two-run homers.