DENVER | Daniel Murphy hit a two-run, pinch-homer during a five-run seventh inning to lead the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Thursday.
Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies to spoil Tyler Anderson’s return to Coors Field.
Anderson was Colorado’s opening day starter in 2019, but knee surgery in June ended his season after going 0-3 with an 11.76 ERA. The Giants picked him up off waivers in October, and Thursday was his second start in four games for them.
In a battle with Rockies starter and fellow lefty Kyle Freeland, he threw five shutout innings, struck out three and gave up two hits, both singles.
Story’s one-out home run off Wandy Peralta in the sixth gave Colorado a 1-0 lead, beginning a surge of runs. Mauricio Dubon hit a three-run homer off Freeland with two outs in the seventh to put the Giants ahead, but reliever Rico Garcia (0-1) couldn’t hold it.
Two doubles and Murphy’s home run — his second — leading off the bottom half on the seventh put the Rockies back in front.
David Dahl singled and Blackmon hit his second homer of the season into the second deck in right off of Caleb Baragar to give Colorado a three-run lead.
Jairo Diaz got the last four outs for his third save in three chances, and Yency Almonte (1-0) allowed a run in an inning of relief.
Giants: Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Trevor Cahill (right index finger) will throw three innings in Sacramento on Friday. Cahill has not pitched for San Francisco this year.
Teams were required to trim their rosters from 30 to 28 on Thursday, and the Giants placed lefty Andrew Suarez and outfielder Steven Duggar on their taxi squads. Colorado optioned infielder Josh Fuentes and right-hander Ashton Goudeau to its alternative training site at Metro State University in Denver.
Giants: Start a three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Kapler has not announced a starter for the first game.
Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-0, 2.45) will face LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.66) when Colorado opens a three-game series at the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.