It looked like the San Francisco Giants were on their way to winning another duel between Madison Bumgarner and Kyle Freeland, but a mistake-filled seventh inning turned Monday’s game on its head and gave the Colorado Rockies a 5-2 win in the series opener.
Madison Bumgarner saw his 22-inning scoreless streak come to an end, and he was tagged with two earned runs and the loss.
Having won last Wednesday’s meeting in San Francisco 1-0 on Brandon Crawford’s walk-off homer, the Giants led 2-0 in the seventh inning on a Gorkys Hernandez leadoff homer and Buster Posey third-inning double.
After coming up empty twice with the bases loaded against Bumgarner, Colorado (42-43) finally broke through in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Pat Valaika and DJ LeMahieu singled, and Charlie Blackmon’s infield hit loaded the bases. With four straight right-handers looming, Reyes Moronta was called on to pitch.
Moronta walked Nolan Arenado to bring home the Rockies’ first run, and though he got behind Trevor Story 2-0, he coaxed a double play, which tied the game but took care of two outs. Ian Desmond hit a two-hopper to Brandon Crawford that could have ended the inning, but Crawford airmailed Brandon Belt at first and allowed Blackmon to score the go-ahead run.
Things got worse in the eighth, where Scott Oberg got Hernandez to ground into a double play after Alen Hanson started the frame with a pinch-hit single. In the bottom of the inning, Ty Blach allowed singles to Carlos Gonzalez and Noel Cuevas. Tom Murphy’s pinch-hit double made it a two-run game, and Blackmon’s sac fly against Sam Dyson brought home another insurance run. Wade Davis took care of the ninth for his 24th save, striking out Crawford to end the game.
San Francisco (45-41) notched just five hits, and just two came after the third inning. Bumgarner’s 22-inning scoreless streak came to an end. He was charged with the loss and three runs (two earned), though he left with a 2-0 lead. He allowed three walks and seven hits while striking out five. Freeland got the win, allowing just three hits and one walk. He struck out three and got nine ground ball outs, and the pinch-hitter who replaced him started the go-ahead rally.