It took until their tenth and final try, but the San Francisco Giants finally won a game at Coors Field in 2017 thanks to five hits from Joe Panik and solid performances from two players who had been on the shelf over the past two months.
Johnny Cueto allowed just one run over five innings for his first win since June 30 and Austin Slater had a two-run single in his first game since July 7 as the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies, 11-3.
Panik singled and scored in the first inning and chased Rockies starter Kyle Freeland with an RBI double in the fourth to make it a 5-0 game.
Freeland allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits over 3.1 innings. The two unearned runs were a result of a rare Nolan Arenado error, just his seventh of the year.
Panik doubled again in the sixth and singled in both the eighth and ninth to complete his second five-hit game of his career.
Cueto allowed five hits and one walk over five innings, striking out seven. The seven strikeouts were his most since June 3.
Mac Williamson hit a pinch-hit homer in the seventh off of Jeff Hoffman to stretch the lead to 8-1. It was his second homer of the year. The other came on May 24. Charlie Blackmon responded with his 34th homer of the season in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot off of Steven Okert. Nick Hundley answered in the top of the eighth with a two-run homer off Shane Carle, who attended Scotts Valley High School and played college ball at Cabrillo College and Long Beach State. It was Hundley’s seventh homer of the year and his third against the Rockies, who he played for the last two seasons.
The win was just the Giants’ fifth in 17 meetings with the Rockies this season. They’ll host Colorado for two more games in San Francisco, where they’ve won four of the seven meetings, including a three-game sweep in late June.
Pablo Sandoval struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the sixth, extending his slump to 0 for his last 38, the longest stretch for a player since the franchise moved to San Francisco. His last hit came on August 25.