Wade’s 3-run homer leads Giants to fifth straight win

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a three-run homer in the fourth, pitcher Logan Webb added a two-run single moments earlier to help his winning cause, and the MLB-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-0 on Thursday night for their fifth straight win and seventh in eight games.

Alex Dickerson hit an RBI double in the second and Curt Casali doubled in a run to start the six-run fourth for San Francisco, which owns the top record in the big leagues at 74-41. The Giants have the club’s best record through 115 games since the 1993 team was 77-38 at this stage on the way to 103 wins in Dusty Baker’s first season as manager.

Webb (6-3) struck out eight over six scoreless innings and allowed three hits for his fifth straight victory since losing at Colorado on May 5. He was backed by a pair of double plays in the first and second innings.

Four players had two strikeouts for Colorado, which had just been outscored 10-1 in two games at Houston on the heels of a 5-1 homestand. The Rockies were shut out for the second time in three games and a majors-leading 15th time total, all on the road – held to five or fewer hits in 14 of those. They lost 5-0 at Houston on Tuesday.

Rockies starter German Marquez (10-9) was tagged for seven runs on seven hits over four innings and had his two-start winning streak snapped. He struck out six and walked two while matching his second-shortest outing of 2021.


Colorado is 13-43 on the road, lowest winning percentage away from home in baseball.

The Rockies dropped to 1-6 at Oracle Park this season and 7-14 in the Giants’ waterfront ballpark since 2019.


Rockies: 2B Brendan Rodgers missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch Saturday. Garrett Hampson started in his place. While the hand is improving according to manager Bud Black, Rodgers is still dealing with some frustrating swelling that hasn’t subsided as quickly as everyone would like.

Giants: 3B Evan Longoria went through more on-field work that included running the bases and taking groundballs with the possibility he could come off the injured list Friday, and if not then likely Saturday or Sunday. ”When we do activate him we want Longo to feel like he’s at his best, like he can play back-to-back days for us, hit the ground running,” manager Gabe Kapler said. ”So we’re being cognizant of that.” Longoria has been sidelined since June 5 with a sprained left shoulder sustained in a collision with shortstop Brandon Crawford. Asked how it went Thursday, Longoria smiled and said: ”You tell me. I’m getting there.”


LHP Austin Gomber (9-6, 3.79 ERA) pitches Friday night for the Rockies for his 12th road start and is coming off six shoutout innings his last outing facing Miami. The Giants will counter with RHP Anthony DeSclafani (10-5, 3.28) as he looks to snap a four-start winless stretch during which he’s 0-2 since beating Washington on July 10.

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