Jon Gray looked nearly untouchable Wednesday to start his first Rockies game back from the injured list.
The right-hander kept the Giants scoreless over five innings, dealt eight strikeouts, and drove in Colorado’s first run of the afternoon. But the Rockies predictably folded in a 7-4 defeat.
Closing pitcher Carlos Estevez earned the loss with a blown save in the ninth. The Rockies clung to a one-run lead when he loaded the bases with no outs. Outfielder Lamonte Wade Jr. put the Giants ahead with a two-run RBI single. Then pinch-hitter Evan Longoria put the game away with a two-run double.
It marks the first time the typically hot-at-home Rockies have been swept at Coors Field this season. Colorado (63-77) — with four consecutive losses — now embarks on an 11-day, 10-game road trip at the Phillies, Braves and Nationals.
Catcher Elias Diaz homered in the sixth to put the Rockies up 4-3. It was his 16th blast of the year.
Gray was not perfect on Wednesday in his return from right forearm tightness. He got pulled in the sixth with no outs after giving up consecutive singles — plus a three-run bomb from Giants’ shortstop Brandon Crawford. It tied the game, 3-3, and erased Colorado’s fifth-inning momentum.
Early in the game, Gray’s bat struck first to end the stalemate with an RBI single off San Francisco starter Anthony DeSclafani. Charlie Blackmon was grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Gray. Then Trevor Story ripped a double that brought home Raimel Tapia.
Rockies’ infielder Colton Welker, a 2016 fourth-round draft pick, made his MLB debut in the eighth inning. He ripped a deep fly ball to right-center that was caught near the wall.
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