Kyle Freeland sharp in 8-0 win, Rockies sweep Giants

DENVER (AP) In between starts, the message to Kyle Freeland was rather low-key.

As in, low was the key.

Freeland kept the ball down while pitching seven sharp innings, Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer and the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 8-0 on Sunday for their first three-game sweep of the Giants at Coors Field since 2002.

Freeland (2-1) mixed a wicked sinker with a two-seam fastball to get 12 groundouts and three strikeouts. The Denver native allowed six hits and shattered three bats on a day when the Giants changed their lineup to try to break out of a hitting funk. It didn't work as they lost for the sixth time in seven games.

''Moving forward, that should be a big part of Kyle's game - the ground ball,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''He did a great job.''

Colorado leads the NL West with a 13-6 mark. It's tied for the second-best start in franchise history.

Then again, the Rockies have gotten off to hot starts before, only to drop off in late May or early June.

''I don't gauge that as much as some people might,'' Black said. ''This is a different group.''

The struggles keep going for the Giants, who fell to 6-13. It's their worst start since 1983.

''There's nothing clicking,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''I am not saying we're not good, we are good, but we have to find a way come out of this by all of us stepping it up.''

Jeff Samardzija (0-4) remains winless after going 5 1/3 innings and surrendering seven runs. That's the most runs he has allowed since Sept. 15, 2015, when he gave up 10 against Oakland when he was with the Chicago White Sox.

No time to panic, though.

''We just need to go out there and play a little smarter, play a little cleaner and get back to Giants baseball, which is why we have been so successful,'' Samardzija said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: OF Denard Span remains day to day after leaving the game Saturday with a sprained right shoulder. He crashed into the wall while making a catch. ... OF Mac Williamson (strained left quad) went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

Rockies: First baseman Ian Desmond (broken left hand) is hitting off a tee and taking some soft-toss swings.... RHP Jon Gray (stress fracture in his left foot) is expected to have a second X-ray within the next week.

TRIPLE WHAMMY

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon led off with a triple for the second straight game. The last major league player to do that was Jose Reyes in 2012, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Two other Rockies have led off with a triple in two straight games - Neifi Perez in 1999 and Eric Young in 1993.

Blackmon also had a two-run double in the sixth.

''The old adage, `Hit it where it's pitched' - that's sort of Charlie,'' Black said.

PERFECT PITCH

Leading 3-0 in the sixth, Freeland appeared to have a 1-2-3 inning when Mark Reynolds dove for a hard grounder, got up and dove to first to beat Hunter Pence to the bag. After a review, the call was overturned. Buster Posey followed with a single before Freeland struck out Brandon Crawford on a full-count slider to end the threat.

''That was a good pitch - a strike-to-ball start on that,'' the rookie left-hander said. ''We knew he was looking out there.''

The Rockies then broke open the game with a five-run sixth inning.

THIS & THAT

The Rockies are 6-1 against San Francisco this season. ... Catcher Nick Hundley had a double in the seventh against his former team. It was San Francisco's only extra-base hit. ... Parra's homer in the fourth was his second of the season.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (1-0, 3.31 ERA) takes the mound Monday as the Giants open a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cain hasn't beaten the Dodgers since May 5, 2013.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (1-3, 7.32 ERA) faces Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals in the opener of a four-game set on Monday.

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  • HR: COL - G. Parra (2)
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T. Wolters C31000000.303.361.364.7252.0
K. Freeland P20100000.286.286.286.5711.0
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    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Hundley (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Blackmon (3)
    • 3B - C. Blackmon (3)
    • HR - G. Parra (2)
    • SF - N. Arenado
    • SH - K. Freeland
    • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (15), N. Arenado (13), G. Parra 3 (10), T. Story 2 (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (10), G. Parra 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - C. Blackmon (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - G. Hernandez
    FIELDING
    • DP - T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Samardzija (L, 0-4)5.17773617.401.88-4.0
    S. Okert0.21110003.001.50-2.0
    D. Law1.00000003.240.003.0
    H. Strickland1.00000000.000.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Samardzija (L, 0-4)5.1
    S. Okert0.2
    D. Law1.0
    H. Strickland1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Freeland (W, 2-1)7.06001303.321.0025.5
    S. Oberg1.00001002.001.002.0
    C. Rusin1.00001001.171.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Freeland (W, 2-1)7.0
    S. Oberg1.0
    C. Rusin1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Okert
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 98-61, S. Okert 12-7, D. Law 12-8, H. Strickland 10-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 4-5, S. Okert 2-0, D. Law 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 25, S. Okert 4, D. Law 3, H. Strickland 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 93-57, S. Oberg 10-5, C. Rusin 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 12-6, S. Oberg 2-0, C. Rusin 2-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 28, S. Oberg 3, C. Rusin 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Belt RF30000120.243.354.514.8680.0
    H. Pence RF30200000.304.372.406.7782.0
    D. Law P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- C. Gillaspie 1B10000001.167.238.167.4050.0
    B. Posey 1B40100001.326.408.442.8501.0
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    B. Crawford SS40000012.250.274.426.700-0.5
    N. Hundley C40100000.256.250.436.6862.0
    J. Panik 2B30100101.333.406.483.8892.0
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    • a-grounded into a double play for Law in the 8th
    • b-popped out for Okert in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    G. Parra LF42231000.333.373.479.85210.0
    T. Story SS41120000.154.257.400.6574.0
    T. Wolters C31000000.303.361.364.7252.0
    K. Freeland P20100000.286.286.286.5711.0
    S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Hundley (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Blackmon (3)
      • 3B - C. Blackmon (3)
      • HR - G. Parra (2)
      • SF - N. Arenado
      • SH - K. Freeland
      • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (15), N. Arenado (13), G. Parra 3 (10), T. Story 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (10), G. Parra 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Blackmon (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - G. Hernandez
      FIELDING
      • DP - T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Samardzija (L, 0-4)5.17773617.401.88-4.0
      S. Okert0.21110003.001.50-2.0
      D. Law1.00000003.240.003.0
      H. Strickland1.00000000.000.003.0
      Total8.0888361---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Samardzija (L, 0-4)5.1
      S. Okert0.2
      D. Law1.0
      H. Strickland1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (W, 2-1)7.06001303.321.0025.5
      S. Oberg1.00001002.001.002.0
      C. Rusin1.00001001.171.002.0
      Total9.0600330---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (W, 2-1)7.0
      S. Oberg1.0
      C. Rusin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Okert
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 98-61, S. Okert 12-7, D. Law 12-8, H. Strickland 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 4-5, S. Okert 2-0, D. Law 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 25, S. Okert 4, D. Law 3, H. Strickland 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 93-57, S. Oberg 10-5, C. Rusin 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 12-6, S. Oberg 2-0, C. Rusin 2-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 28, S. Oberg 3, C. Rusin 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Blackmon doubled to deep left, Story and Wolters scored08
        Story singled to right, Gonzalez and Parra scored06
        Parra singled to center, Arenado scored, Gonzalez to third, Parra to second on center fielder Hernandez fielding error08
      • 4TH INNING
        Parra homered to right, Gonzalez scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Arenado hit sacrifice fly to left, Blackmon scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Rusin Pitching:
        • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hundley grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Panik walked
        • G. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Oberg Pitching:
        • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Belt walked
        • C. Gillaspie: Gillaspie grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Belt out at second
        • B. Posey: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Posey grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Strickland Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Parra flied out to left
        • T. Story: Ball, Story popped out to first
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • N. Hundley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hundley doubled to deep right center
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Panik lined out to center, Hundley to third
        • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • C. Marrero: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Marrero popped out to second
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Law Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez lined out to right
        • B. Belt: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
        • H. Pence: Ball, Pence reached on an infield single to first
        • B. Posey: Ball, Foul, Ball, Posey singled to center, Pence to second
        • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Foul, Arenado singled to shallow right
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Arenado to second
        • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Parra singled to center, Arenado scored, Gonzalez to third, Parra to second on center fielder Hernandez fielding error
        • T. Story: Strike swinging, Foul, Story singled to right, Gonzalez and Parra scored
        • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wolters hit by pitch, Story to second
        • K. Freeland: Foul, Freeland hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Story to third, Wolters to second
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon doubled to deep left, Story and Wolters scored
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Crawford flied out to center
        • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hundley grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Panik: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Panik singled to left
        • G. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez singled to left, Panik to third
        • J. Samardzija: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Samardzija grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Wolters flied out to center
        • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Freeland singled to center
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Belt: Belt grounded out to second
        • H. Pence: Ball, Foul, Pence singled to center
        • B. Posey: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Posey grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds lined out to right
        • G. Parra: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Parra homered to right, Gonzalez scored
        • T. Story: Ball, Story popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Panik: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Panik grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Samardzija: Strike looking, Samardzija grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeland grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Blackmon caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, LeMahieu struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • B. Posey: Strike looking, Posey flied out to deep center
        • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Crawford grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Hundley: Hundley grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Parra grounded out to first
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Story lined out to right
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Wolters grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Belt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
        • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pence grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Samardzija Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon tripled to deep right center
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Arenado: Arenado hit sacrifice fly to left, Blackmon scored
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)