Ian Desmond has HR, 4 RBIs in Rockies' 6-1 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) As Ian Desmond scuffled through an early season slump, he got a reminder from a friend this week that he has overcome bad starts like the one he's on this year to put up a big year in the past.

He's hoping the game he had against the San Francisco Giants will be the catalyst for that kind of turnaround.

Desmond homered and drove in four runs to back another strong start by Kyle Freeland and the Colorado Rockies beat the Giants 6-1 on Friday night.

''Sometimes I just get in these funks and then snap out of them and put them behind me,'' Desmond said. ''That's what I'm hoping for here.''

Desmond came into the game with a .167 average on the season and in a 3-for-33 rut with one RBI in his previous nine games. He likened it to 2014 when he was batting .214 in mid-May for Washington before ending the season with a Silver Slugger award.

The night didn't start off well for Desmond, who hit into fielder's choice with a man on third and one out in the second to cost Colorado a chance to score. But he quickly made up for it by hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning against Derek Holland (2-5) and then adding an RBI double in the sixth.

''He got the ball out front and squared them up,'' manager Bud Black said. ''That was something we had seen but not consistently from at-bat to at-bat and game to game.''

That was more than enough support for Freeland (4-4), who allowed a leadoff homer to Gorkys Hernandez and nothing else in 6 2/3 innings to win for the fourth time in his past five starts.

The Giants have lost three straight and nine of 11.

''We just have some guys that aren't quite locked in right now,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''It's tough when you get a little streak where guys aren't quite swinging like they normally do. We just couldn't get much going. Started out great with the home run. You're feeling pretty good about how it's going to go. Their guy settled down and kept us off balance.''

Freeland allowed five hits and struck out five, lowering his ERA to 1.59 in his last five starts.

Charlie Blackmon added a two-run homer in the ninth for the Rockies, who improved to 18-9 on the road.

Nolan Arenado started the first two rallies for the Rockies, drawing a leadoff walk in the fourth inning and hitting a double to lead off the sixth. The five-time Gold Glove winner also made a spectacular play in the field at third base when he slid into foul territory to stop a hard grounder and then threw Kelby Tomlinson out from his knees with a strong throw across the diamond.

''You can't get anything by that guy,'' Freeland said. ''He's incredible. He's going to wow you every single night with what he does out there. That was an incredible play.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt was held out of the lineup despite homering in four straight games. Bochy said Belt banged up his knee sliding into second base earlier this week and could use a break. Belt came on as a pinch-hitter with two on in the seventh inning and struck out against Bryan Shaw. ... OF Mac Williamson has been sent on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Sacramento. Williamson has been out since suffering a concussion April 24 and will likely need a week to 10 days before being ready to return. ... 2B Joe Panik (left thumb sprain) could begin a rehab assignment next weekend. He went on the DL April 28.

QUESTIONABLE CALLS

The Giants have been upset by late-inning called strikes the previous two games. Belt was called out to end a loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday and complained after the game that he felt like plate umpire Doug Eddings was eager to end the game. Brandon Crawford was called out in the 12th inning Thursday by Chris Segal and ejected after dropping his bat near home plate.

Joe Torre from the commissioner's office called Belt this week to talk to him about the comments but Bochy said he didn't know if there was any discipline handed down.

UP NEXT

Chris Stratton (4-3) takes the mound for the Giants against Jon Gray (4-5).

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  • W: K. Freeland (4-4)L: D. Holland (2-5)
  • HR: COL - I. Desmond (7), C. Blackmon (12), SF - G. Hernandez (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Iannetta C40000121.220.322.380.7020.0
N. Arenado 3B42200100.324.416.574.9916.0
T. Story SS41200103.239.330.509.8395.0
N. Cuevas RF40100014.289.333.356.6890.5
I. Desmond 1B41241003.175.220.370.59011.0
D. Dahl LF40000002.274.328.468.7960.0
D. Castro 2B40100000.171.171.286.4571.0
K. Freeland P30000011.100.100.100.200-0.5
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Parra PH11100000.271.319.364.6834.0
M. Dunn P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Shaw in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Hernandez LF-CF31111120.273.305.390.6946.0
A. McCutchen RF40000022.238.349.375.724-1.0
B. Posey 1B30100100.301.373.419.7922.0
E. Longoria 3B40100012.250.276.470.7460.5
N. Hundley C40000002.268.307.493.8000.0
B. Crawford SS30100000.292.325.422.7471.0
A. Jackson CF20000020.231.311.287.599-1.0
a- B. Belt PH-LF10000012.303.402.579.981-0.5
K. Tomlinson 2B30000000.234.298.286.5830.0
D. Holland P10100000.071.071.071.1431.0
b- M. Gomez PH10000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- G. Blanco PH10000000.259.304.361.6650.0
J. Valdez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Jackson in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Holland in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Moronta in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (9), T. Story (8), I. Desmond (7)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (12), I. Desmond (7)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (23), I. Desmond 4 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (7), I. Desmond (8)
BATTING
  • HR - G. Hernandez (3)
  • RBI - G. Hernandez (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Parra (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Arenado-Castro-Desmond; Arenado-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 4-4)6.25111513.171.1523.5
B. Shaw (H, 10)1.10000204.431.434.0
M. Dunn1.00001207.941.943.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 4-4)6.2
B. Shaw (H, 10)1.1
M. Dunn1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Holland (L, 2-5)6.06441314.941.273.5
R. Moronta2.01001201.291.295.0
J. Valdez1.032210112.601.80-3.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Holland (L, 2-5)6.0
R. Moronta2.0
J. Valdez1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 97-63, B. Shaw 19-13, M. Dunn 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 11-2, B. Shaw 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 24, B. Shaw 4, M. Dunn 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Holland 112-72, R. Moronta 34-23, J. Valdez 28-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Holland 7-8, R. Moronta 3-1, J. Valdez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Holland 25, R. Moronta 8, J. Valdez 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF51121011.265.373.543.9166.5
C. Iannetta C40000121.220.322.380.7020.0
N. Arenado 3B42200100.324.416.574.9916.0
T. Story SS41200103.239.330.509.8395.0
N. Cuevas RF40100014.289.333.356.6890.5
I. Desmond 1B41241003.175.220.370.59011.0
D. Dahl LF40000002.274.328.468.7960.0
D. Castro 2B40100000.171.171.286.4571.0
K. Freeland P30000011.100.100.100.200-0.5
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Parra PH11100000.271.319.364.6834.0
M. Dunn P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Shaw in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Hernandez LF-CF31111120.273.305.390.6946.0
A. McCutchen RF40000022.238.349.375.724-1.0
B. Posey 1B30100100.301.373.419.7922.0
E. Longoria 3B40100012.250.276.470.7460.5
N. Hundley C40000002.268.307.493.8000.0
B. Crawford SS30100000.292.325.422.7471.0
A. Jackson CF20000020.231.311.287.599-1.0
a- B. Belt PH-LF10000012.303.402.579.981-0.5
K. Tomlinson 2B30000000.234.298.286.5830.0
D. Holland P10100000.071.071.071.1431.0
b- M. Gomez PH10000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- G. Blanco PH10000000.259.304.361.6650.0
J. Valdez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Jackson in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Holland in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Moronta in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (9), T. Story (8), I. Desmond (7)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (12), I. Desmond (7)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (23), I. Desmond 4 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (7), I. Desmond (8)
BATTING
  • HR - G. Hernandez (3)
  • RBI - G. Hernandez (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Parra (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Arenado-Castro-Desmond; Arenado-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 4-4)6.25111513.171.1523.5
B. Shaw (H, 10)1.10000204.431.434.0
M. Dunn1.00001207.941.943.0
Total9.0511291---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 4-4)6.2
B. Shaw (H, 10)1.1
M. Dunn1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Holland (L, 2-5)6.06441314.941.273.5
R. Moronta2.01001201.291.295.0
J. Valdez1.032210112.601.80-3.0
Total9.01066352---
PITCHERSIP
D. Holland (L, 2-5)6.0
R. Moronta2.0
J. Valdez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 97-63, B. Shaw 19-13, M. Dunn 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 11-2, B. Shaw 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 24, B. Shaw 4, M. Dunn 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Holland 112-72, R. Moronta 34-23, J. Valdez 28-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Holland 7-8, R. Moronta 3-1, J. Valdez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Holland 25, R. Moronta 8, J. Valdez 7
  • 9TH INNING
    Blackmon homered to right, Parra scored61
  • 6TH INNING
    Desmond doubled to deep center, Arenado scored41
  • 4TH INNING
    Desmond homered to left center, Arenado and Story scored31
  • 1ST INNING
    Hernandez homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jose Valdez pitching
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dahl flied out to deep left
    • D. Castro: Strike looking, Castro popped out to shortstop
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Bryan Shaw
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Parra singled to right
    • C. Blackmon: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Parra stole second, Blackmon homered to right, Parra scored
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Iannetta walked
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Arenado singled to deep right center, Iannetta to third
    • T. Story: Foul, Story grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Dunn pitching
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Posey walked
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Hundley flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • R. Moronta Pitching:
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Iannetta grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Story walked
    • N. Cuevas: Pickoff attempt, Cuevas singled to left, Story to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Desmond grounded into fielder's choice to third, Cuevas out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Shaw Pitching:
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tomlinson grounded out to shortstop
    • Gregor Blanco hit for Reyes Moronta
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Blanco grounded out to second
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Reyes Moronta pitching
    • D. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Castro lined out to right
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Longoria singled to center
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hundley reached on fielder's choice to third, Longoria out at second
    • B. Crawford: Crawford singled to right, Hundley to third
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Kyle Freeland
    • Brandon Belt hit for Austin Jackson
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Arenado doubled to deep left
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story flied out to left, Arenado to third
    • N. Cuevas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cuevas popped out to shortstop
    • I. Desmond: Desmond doubled to deep center, Arenado scored
    • D. Dahl: Dahl flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Miguel Gomez hit for Derek Holland
    • M. Gomez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, McCutchen struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freeland grounded out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Crawford grounded out to first
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tomlinson grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Story singled to left, Arenado to second
    • N. Cuevas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuevas struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond homered to left center, Arenado and Story scored
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Dahl grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Posey grounded out to second
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Longoria fouled out to first
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hundley grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • D. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to left
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike looking, Freeland reached on fielder's choice to third, Castro out at second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon flied out to center
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Iannetta grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • K. Tomlinson: Ball, Ball, Tomlinson grounded out to third
    • D. Holland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Holland singled to right
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked, Holland to second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCutchen grounded into double play third to first, Holland out at third, Hernandez to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Story doubled to left
    • N. Cuevas: Foul, Cuevas lined out to right, Story to third
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Desmond reached on fielder's choice to third, Story out at home
    • D. Dahl: Pickoff attempt, Dahl flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Foul, Hundley grounded out to third
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Crawford grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Blackmon lined out to center
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez homered to center
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen fouled out to catcher
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Posey singled to left
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Longoria grounded into double play third to second to first, Posey out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)