Rockies Have Best Record In National League After Win Against Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Colorado rookie Antonio Senzatela settled down after a rough first inning, holding San Francisco scoreless on four hits over the next six innings to win his second straight start in Rockies’ 4-3 victory over the Giants on a wet Sunday.

Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a homer and Nolan Arenado celebrated his 26th birthday with a two-run double to cap a three-run first inning as the Rockies took three of the four games in the series.

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Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies is being congratulated by teammate DJ LeMahieu #9 after hitting a lead-off home run during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Senzatela (2-0) allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings overall. Mike Dunn struck out the two batters he faced in the eighth, Adam Ottavino got another out and Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh straight save this season.

Though rain fell throughout the first five innings and resumed briefly in the eighth, San Francisco avoided its first home rainout in more than a decade. The last time rain forced cancellation of a game at AT&T Park was in April 2006.

Jeff Samardzija (0-3) struck out eight while allowing four runs in seven innings.

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Nolan Arenado #28 of the the Colorado Rockies swings at a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Blackmon hit the game’s third pitch into the right-center stands, extending his club record with his 23rd career first-inning leadoff homer. Colorado began with four straight hits off Jeff Samardzija, capped by Arenado’s double.

Brandon Crawford had an RBI triple for the Giants, who also got sacrifice flies from Hunter Pence and Nick Hundley.

DJ LeMahieu had a run-scoring single for Colorado in the second.

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DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies runs towards third base after a double by teammate Carlos Gonzalez #5 during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: OF Jarrett Parker was placed on the 10-day disabled list a day after breaking his collarbone by slamming into the fence while catching a fly ball. Manager Bruce Bochy said Parker, who is hitting .143 in nine games this season, likely will have surgery and miss about eight weeks.

UP NEXT

Rockies: After a day off on Monday, Kyle Freeland is scheduled to start Tuesday as Colorado continues its road trip at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Giants: Matt Cain makes the start Tuesday at the Royals to open a seven-day trip. It will be San Francisco’s first visit to Kansas City since winning Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

– By ROB GLOSTER, AP Sports Writer

(© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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