SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani and three relievers combined to scatter eight hits and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
DeSclafani (1-0) struck out eight and gave up six hits in six innings. The right-hander pitched with runners on base nearly every inning but repeatedly worked his way out of trouble and lowered his ERA to 0.82.
“I felt good with everything, for the most part,” DeSclafani said. “I was trying to mix it up as much as I can. It was a lot of fun. Just trying to stick to my game plan, knowing they were aggressive early in counts.”
Brandon Belt homered for the first time this season and Alex Dickerson also connected for the Giants. Evan Longoria had two hits and two RBIs.
Trevor Story and Raimel Tapia had two hits apiece for Colorado.
The sweep was the Giants’ first of the Rockies since 2017. San Francisco has won four straight overall.
DeSclafani struck out Sam Hilliard and Dom Nunez to strand a runner at third to end the fourth, then fanned Josh Fuentes and Hilliard with runners at second and third in the sixth.
“It looked like he was reaching back to kind of empty the tank,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “He was really dominant throughout periods. Just encouraging from start to finish.”
San Francisco starters have gone at least five innings and allowed three runs or fewer in all nine games this season. It’s the Giants’ third-longest such streak to begin a season in the modern era.
“They’ve been outstanding,” Belt said. “We know from back in the day when we were winning championships that pitching and defense wins you a lot of baseball games.”
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