The San Francisco Giants moved closer to a division title with a clutch victory. Now they hope their home run leader can be help them capture the crown.
Brandon Crawford homered to cap a four-run ninth inning and the Giants held their lead in the NL West, defeating the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Sunday but lost first baseman Brandon Belt to a hand injury.
The Giants, who have won 15 of 19, have a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who defeated Arizona 3-0 on Sunday. San Francisco now heads home to Oracle Park with a chance to clinch their first division title since 2012.
Belt left the game in the seventh inning after getting hit
on the left hand with a pitch while squaring to bunt. Giants manager Gabe
Kapler said a scan was inconclusive and Belt will get X-rays back in San
“It’s not time to reflect on us losing Brandon
Belt,” Kapler said. “We’re just not there yet.”
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Crawford was optimistic Belt wouldn’t be out long.
“It’s scary when it’s a fastball or a hard pitch either
close to his hand or on his hands,” he said. “There are so many little bones
that can break. From talking to him, he seems like he should be all right, not
miss too much time.”
San Francisco had to work for its sixth consecutive win at
Coors Field, and its 102nd victory overall — its most since winning 103 in
It was 2-all when reliever Daniel Bard (7-8) walked Steven Duggar and Wilmer Flores, and pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella lined an RBI single with one out.
Rockies manager Bud Black turned to Tyler Kinley to keep it close instead of allowing Bard to face Crawford.
“Bardo’s been out there a little bit the last five days and
you could tell he wasn’t hitting his spots,” he said. “The walk to Duggar and
the base hit to La Stella, I thought Kinley would give us a better chance
Crawford spoiled the strategy with his 23rd of the season.
“Craw’s been good in those moments all season long. No
surprise,” Kapler said. “He got a pitch he could drive.”
Camilo Doval (5-1) pitched the eighth inning for the win.
San Francisco starter Kevin Gausman struck out 11 in six innings but was left with a no-decision when Colorado tied it in the seventh.
Gausman retired 13 straight after Garrett Hampson’s single to lead off the first inning. C.J. Cron ended the streak with his 28th homer with one out in the fifth that cut San Francisco’s lead to 2-1.
Gausman, who entered Sunday with a 5.33 ERA in five
September starts, said he made a mechanical adjustment that helped him.
“For me today was a big step forward. I could just tell from
the get-go that I was my normal self and back to when I was going good,” he
said. “That confidence just came back and I felt like I could throw any pitch
when I needed to.”
Giants reliever Zack Littell committed a balk in the seventh to put runners on second and third. Cron, who led off with a single, scored on a grounder when he beat the throw home from second baseman Donovan Solano that tied it at 2.
San Francisco scored its first run on a groundout in the second inning and added another in the fifth. Belt reached on a bloop double with two outs and scored on Kris Bryant’s single.
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