Hwang HRs in debut; Giants win 5-3 as Rockies' skid hits 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jae-Gyun Hwang stepped out of his comfort zone and into a beer shower.

The native South Korean left behind lucrative contract offers to pursue a lifelong dream of playing baseball in the majors.

Hwang homered in his major league debut, a tiebreaking drive in the sixth inning that led the San Francisco Giants over Colorado 5-3 on Wednesday and extended the Rockies' losing streak to a season-high eight games.

And then after the game, he got soaked.

''There's not such a thing in Korea, but I've gotten to know there is such a thing, personally, just a few minutes ago,'' Hwang said through a translator. ''I was actually more surprised about how cold the beer was.''

A 29-year-old who starred for South Korea's Lotte Giants, Hwang was brought up from Triple-A Sacramento before the game and inserted into the starting lineup at third base, batting fifth.

He grounded out in the second inning, hit a run-scoring grounder in the fourth that cut Colorado's lead to 2-1, then broke a 3-3 tie when he homered against Kyle Freeland (8-6). Hwang was given a standing ovation from fans as he rounded the bases and was mobbed by teammates when he got back to the dugout.

He took a called third strike in the eighth, completing a 1-for-4 day.

''He plays with a lot of emotion, he's got a lot of fire in him and that's what you love about him,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

''He's a clutch hitter, you look at what he's done as far as his body of work in Korea and he's been a big RBI guy, so those guys do have a way of stepping up in the moment.''

Ty Blach (5-5) gave up three runs - one earned - seven hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. George Kontos, Steven Okert and Hunter Stickland combined for one-hit relief. Strickland retired Ian Desmond, his only batter, on a flyout for his first save this season.

San Francisco's bullpen pitched 13 1/3 scoreless innings during the three-game sweep. The Giants entered the series on a five-game skid and with 12 losses in 13 games.

Freeland gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings.

''There are games where you go six innings and give up four runs and you're credited with the win,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''We would say that, hey, he pitched well enough to win. This game, he just got out-pitched a little bit by their guy. That was the key.''

Nolan Arenado's two-run single put Colorado ahead in the first, but San Francisco took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Hwang's grounder and Nick Hundley's two-run homer.

A day after he was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, Mike Tauchman singled in the tying run in the sixth, his first big league hit and RBI.

With the bases loaded in the eighth, Brandon Belt hit a one-out, bases-loaded grounder that shortstop Trevor Story stopped with a dive. Story threw to second for a forceout, and second baseman Pat Valaika's throw sailed over first as Gorkys Hernandez scored. The Rockies argued that Austin Slater's slide interfered with Valaika's throw, but umpires upheld the clean slide after a video review, and Belt went to second on the throwing error.

WEB GEM

Arenado made a diving play to his glove side to snag Blach's third-inning grounder, then from a near-sitting position spun and threw to first for the out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: INF DJ LeMahieu did not play after leaving Tuesday's game in the fourth inning with a strained right groin. He had been the only player to appear in each of the Rockies' first 80 games. ... OF Carlos Gonzalez, out with a right shoulder strain, took swings in the batting cage. ''From what I saw it's not 100 percent with bat speed, but it's with nice intent,'' Black said. ''He's making some aggressive swings. He's getting better.''

Giants: The Giants placed RHP Mark Melancon on the 10-day DL for the second time this season. Melancon has a right pronator strain. ... The Giants placed INF Conor Gillaspie on the DL with back spasms. ... Dan Slania was recalled from Double-A Richmond.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (0-0, 4.38 ERA) is to come off the DL and start Friday's series opener at Arizona. Gray, the Rockies' opening-day starter, has been on the DL since April with a stress fracture on his left foot.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.20 ERA) is slated to start Friday's trip opener at Pittsburgh. Cueto is 1-6 with a 3.81 ERA in his last 10 starts.

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  • W: T. Blach (5-5)L: K. Freeland (8-6)S: H. Strickland (1)
  • HR: SF - N. Hundley (3), J. Hwang (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF51000003.314.369.575.9441.0
I. Desmond LF51200002.285.314.393.7075.0
N. Arenado 3B40220011.291.343.541.8843.5
M. Reynolds 1B40100022.299.386.550.9360.0
T. Story SS40100013.222.303.400.7030.5
P. Valaika 2B41100012.233.256.500.7561.5
M. Tauchman RF20110200.333.600.333.9334.0
J. Lyles P00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
T. Murphy C30000112.050.136.100.2360.5
K. Freeland P30000014.233.258.367.625-0.5
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J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Tapia RF10000000.286.348.349.6970.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Hernandez CF-LF31100111.225.311.289.5991.5
    J. Panik 2B41100003.273.338.401.7382.0
    A. Slater RF31100101.333.390.480.8703.0
    B. Belt 1B40010003.228.341.442.7831.0
    J. Hwang 3B41121012.250.2501.0001.2506.5
    D. Span CF00000000.287.335.435.7700.0
    N. Hundley C31221010.244.269.409.6787.5
    K. Tomlinson SS20000111.257.307.271.5780.5
    R. Jones LF-3B30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    T. Blach P20100000.200.276.240.5161.0
    G. Kontos P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    S. Okert P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Strickland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      BATTING
      • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (61), M. Tauchman
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Hwang, N. Hundley (3)
      • RBI - B. Belt (35), J. Hwang 2 (2), N. Hundley 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Hwang, N. Hundley 2 (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - I. Desmond (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - G. Hernandez (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - P. Valaika
      • PB - T. Murphy (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Blach 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (L, 8-6)6.07441223.751.442.0
      A. Ottavino1.00111305.081.482.5
      J. McGee0.20001002.671.04-1.0
      J. Lyles0.10000106.881.500.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (L, 8-6)6.0
      A. Ottavino1.0
      J. McGee0.2
      J. Lyles0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Blach (W, 5-5)6.17313604.601.3520.0
      G. Kontos (H, 4)1.01000102.821.232.5
      S. Okert (H, 3)1.10000006.481.443.0
      H. Strickland (S, 1)0.10000002.251.437.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Blach (W, 5-5)6.1
      G. Kontos (H, 4)1.0
      S. Okert (H, 3)1.1
      H. Strickland (S, 1)0.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. McGee (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 99-60, A. Ottavino 19-10, J. McGee 18-12, J. Lyles 6-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 5-9, J. McGee 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 24, A. Ottavino 4, J. McGee 3, J. Lyles
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 110-70, G. Kontos 15-11, S. Okert 17-12, H. Strickland 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 8-5, G. Kontos 1-1, S. Okert 1-3
      • Batters Faced - T. Blach 29, G. Kontos 4, S. Okert 4, H. Strickland
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      C. Blackmon CF51000003.314.369.575.9441.0
      I. Desmond LF51200002.285.314.393.7075.0
      N. Arenado 3B40220011.291.343.541.8843.5
      M. Reynolds 1B40100022.299.386.550.9360.0
      T. Story SS40100013.222.303.400.7030.5
      P. Valaika 2B41100012.233.256.500.7561.5
      M. Tauchman RF20110200.333.600.333.9334.0
      J. Lyles P00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
      T. Murphy C30000112.050.136.100.2360.5
      K. Freeland P30000014.233.258.367.625-0.5
      A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      R. Tapia RF10000000.286.348.349.6970.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Hernandez CF-LF31100111.225.311.289.5991.5
        J. Panik 2B41100003.273.338.401.7382.0
        A. Slater RF31100101.333.390.480.8703.0
        B. Belt 1B40010003.228.341.442.7831.0
        J. Hwang 3B41121012.250.2501.0001.2506.5
        D. Span CF00000000.287.335.435.7700.0
        N. Hundley C31221010.244.269.409.6787.5
        K. Tomlinson SS20000111.257.307.271.5780.5
        R. Jones LF-3B30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
        T. Blach P20100000.200.276.240.5161.0
        G. Kontos P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
        S. Okert P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        H. Strickland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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          BATTING
          • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (61), M. Tauchman
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Hwang, N. Hundley (3)
          • RBI - B. Belt (35), J. Hwang 2 (2), N. Hundley 2 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Hwang, N. Hundley 2 (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - I. Desmond (9)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - G. Hernandez (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - P. Valaika
          • PB - T. Murphy (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - T. Blach 2 (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Freeland (L, 8-6)6.07441223.751.442.0
          A. Ottavino1.00111305.081.482.5
          J. McGee0.20001002.671.04-1.0
          J. Lyles0.10000106.881.500.5
          Total8.0755362---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Freeland (L, 8-6)6.0
          A. Ottavino1.0
          J. McGee0.2
          J. Lyles0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Blach (W, 5-5)6.17313604.601.3520.0
          G. Kontos (H, 4)1.01000102.821.232.5
          S. Okert (H, 3)1.10000006.481.443.0
          H. Strickland (S, 1)0.10000002.251.437.0
          Total9.0831370---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Blach (W, 5-5)6.1
          G. Kontos (H, 4)1.0
          S. Okert (H, 3)1.1
          H. Strickland (S, 1)0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. McGee (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 99-60, A. Ottavino 19-10, J. McGee 18-12, J. Lyles 6-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 5-9, J. McGee 2-0
          • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 24, A. Ottavino 4, J. McGee 3, J. Lyles
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 110-70, G. Kontos 15-11, S. Okert 17-12, H. Strickland 4-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 8-5, G. Kontos 1-1, S. Okert 1-3
          • Batters Faced - T. Blach 29, G. Kontos 4, S. Okert 4, H. Strickland
          • 8TH INNING
            Belt reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hernandez scored, Belt to second, Slater out at second on shortstop Valaika fielding error35
          • 6TH INNING
            Hwang homered to left center34
            Tauchman singled to center, Valaika scored33
          • 4TH INNING
            Hundley homered to left, Slater scored23
            Hwang grounded out to pitcher, Panik scored, Slater to second21
          • 1ST INNING
            Arenado singled to center, Blackmon and Desmond scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Denard Span in center
            • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tapia grounded out to second
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to center
            • Hunter Strickland relieved Steven Okert
            • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Desmond flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • G. Kontos Pitching:
            • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valaika popped out to third
            • Steven Okert relieved George Kontos
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike swinging, Tauchman flied out to center
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Murphy lined out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Ottavino Pitching:
            • G. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • Jake McGee relieved Adam Ottavino
            • J. Panik: Ball, Hernandez to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Panik grounded out to second, Hernandez to third
            • A. Slater: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Slater walked
            • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Belt reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hernandez scored, Belt to second, Slater out at second on shortstop Valaika fielding error
            • Jordan Lyles pitching
            • Raimel Tapia in right
            • J. Hwang: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Belt to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Hwang struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to center
            • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Desmond singled to left center
            • George Kontos relieved Ty Blach
            • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
            • M. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Reynolds singled to right, Desmond to third
            • T. Story: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Story reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Reynolds out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Ottavino relieved Kyle Freeland
            • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tomlinson struck out swinging
            • R. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • G. Kontos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kontos struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story flied out to right
            • P. Valaika: Valaika reached on an infield single to pitcher, Valaika to third on Blach fielding error
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tauchman singled to center, Valaika scored
            • T. Murphy: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Foul, Freeland grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • A. Slater: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Slater grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Belt: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt fouled out to third
            • J. Hwang: Ball, Ball, Hwang homered to left center
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to first
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado lined out to right
            • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • T. Blach: Ball, Strike looking, Blach singled to right
            • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hernandez popped out to second
            • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Panik grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Blach out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tauchman walked
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy popped out to second
            • K. Freeland: Pickoff attempt, Freeland reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Tauchman out at second
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • J. Panik: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Panik singled to left
            • A. Slater: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Slater singled to right, Panik to second
            • B. Belt: Ball, Belt flied out to deep center, Panik to third
            • J. Hwang: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hwang grounded out to pitcher, Panik scored, Slater to second
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hundley homered to left, Slater scored
            • K. Tomlinson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tomlinson walked
            • R. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Jones flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado singled to shallow right
            • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Arenado out at second
            • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Story singled to left
            • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • R. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jones popped out to second
            • T. Blach: Strike looking, Ball, Blach grounded out to third
            • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tauchman walked
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked, Tauchman to second
            • K. Freeland: Foul, Foul, Foul, Freeland struck out bunting foul
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second, Tauchman to third, Murphy to second
            • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Belt fouled out to left
            • J. Hwang: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hwang grounded out to third
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hundley singled to right
            • K. Tomlinson: Foul, Ball, Tomlinson popped out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Blach Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon safe at first on Blach fielding error
            • I. Desmond: Ball, Foul, Foul, Desmond singled to left, Blackmon to third
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Desmond stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado singled to center, Blackmon and Desmond scored
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
            • P. Valaika: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Valaika grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • G. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to left
            • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Panik popped out to third
            • A. Slater: Slater lined out to center
            • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Hernandez caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)