Homers back Samardzija'south solid start, Giants beat Rockies

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:34 AM

He'south proving he can give the Giants some timely offense, too. Brown hit a pair of two-run homers, Jeff Samardzija tossed eight solid innings to obtain his first win for San Francisco and the Giants beat the CO Rockies 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Homers back Samardzija'south solid start, Giants beat Rockies

Trevor Brown made the San Francisco roster with his defense. He'south proving he can give the Giants some timely offense, too.

Brown hit a pair of two-run homers, Jeff Samardzija tossed eight solid innings to obtain his first win for San Francisco and the Giants beat the CO Rockies 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Hunter Pence also hit a two-run residence running to assistance San Francisco win for the fourth time in the latest five games.

Brown, starting at catcher in space of banged-up Buster Posey, hit a two-run homer off starter Tyler Chatwood (one-1) in the sixth and another off reliever Jason Gurka in the eighth.

It was Brown'south first multihomer game of his career, and his four RBIs were also a career high. His only other residence running this season broke up a no-hit tender in the eighth inning against Chris Hatcher of the LA Dodgers on Friday.

"We all know what we've in Buster, but to have another guy doing what he'south doing, we're really excited for him," Samardzija said.

Brown is the first Giants player to hit a residence running for his first three hits of the season since Kevin Mitchell did it in 1991.

"I was thinking the all season I might finish with three," Brown said. "Knock on wood, I still might. I didn't think my first three hits were going to be residence runs. It'south been a crazy first couple of games for me."

Just as impressive was his work behind the plate. He steered Samardzija through some tough center innings to assistance him go deep into the game.

He also came up huge defensively when he tagged out Carlos Gonzalez trying to score from first in the fifth inning.

"Normally I attempt to focus on the catching because it'south my main job," Brown said. "It'south fun to go out and have a excellent game on both sides."

Samardzija (1-0), who signed a $90 million, five-year contract in the offseason, tamed hitter-friendly Coors Field by scattering eight hits and striking out five. He allowed RBI singles to Tag Reynolds in the third and Nolan Arenado in the fifth.

He retired the following nine batters before leaving after throwing one hundred eleven pitches. Samardzija also got his first hit, a double, after Brown'south first home run.

"I was thinking six, seven innings but I couldn't get him out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He just got better as he went."

Samardzija was locked in a pitcher'south duel with Chatwood until Pence broke a 1-all tie with his two-run homer in the fifth, his second of the season.

The Rockies got one back in the bottom of the inning when Brandon Crawford and Angel Pagan let Arenado'south blooper fall between them in the outfield, but Pagan threw out Gonzalez at residence to hold the Giants ahead third-2.

Pagan kept the sixth lively when he beat out a toss to first to avert an inning-ending double play, and Brown followed with his first home run.

"I made two pitches that damage me," Chatwood said. "The pitch that Pence hit out was what we wanted to do. It got to the spot and he beat me to the spot. The other two-run homer with two outs, I left the ball up and he hit out of the park."

Pagan reached again in the eighth off Gurka and stole second before Brown drilled another fastball into the left-field seats.

WEEK TO REMEMBER

Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Legend capped a historic start by winning NL Player of the Week honors. Legend earned the award when he became the first major league player to hit seven residence runs in the first six games of his career. He entered Monday leading the majors in homers and RBIs (twelve), but he's trying to hold his torrid start in perspective.

"If I told you I expected to hit seven residence runs, I'd be lying to you," he said. "I really can't declare that I thought it'd be like this."

Samardzija helped hold Legend grounded by fanning the rookie three times on breaking pitches. Legend finished 0 for four and went without an RBI or a hit for the first time this season.

"Story, he'south had a grand start, but I'm worried about CarGo, (Gerardo) Parra, those huge power lefties," Samardzija said. "We respect him as a player and we're going to hold pitching to him tough because he'south proven what he can do."

FAST RESPONSE

Parra has a powerful outfield arm and he showed it off in the third when Denard Span scored from second on a single by Pence. Parra went residence with his throw, allowing Pence to advance to second. Brandon Belt followed with a single and this time Parra'south toss slice down Pence at the plate.

TRAINER'south ROOM

Giants: Celsius Posey was given the night off because of bruise on his right instep. Posey was damage on a foul tip by the Dodgers' Chase Utley on Sunday. Posey was available to pinch hit and is expected to be back in the lineup on Wednesday. "We'll re-evaluate him tomorrow and if he needs another day then he'south going to get it," Bochy said.

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray threw sixty-four pitches in a rehab start for Double-A Modesto on Sunday. Gray, who's recovering from a strained abdomen, is scheduled for another rehab start on Friday, when he'll expand his pitch count to 85.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 7.20 ERA) makes his twenty-third career start against the Rockies. He's 7-7 with a three.90 ERA lifetime against Colorado.

Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 13.50) was roughed up for five runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings against San Diego in Colorado'south residence opener on Friday.

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