DENVER — Thairo Estrada hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning after sparking an tying rally in the ninth, and the San Francisco Giants came back to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 on Monday night.
Mike Yastrzemski homered and Wilmer Flores had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants, who snapped a three-game losing streak and overcame four errors that led to two unearned runs. “I think it’s huge,” Yastrzemski said. “It shows that we still care about what’s going on here, all of our individual efforts and our team efforts. I think it’s important to have those moments, especially before next year, to build confidence. It’s nice to see guys still really care.”
Michael Toglia had three hits for the Rockies, including a pair of triples. CJ Cron and Charlie Blackmon also had three hits apiece for Colorado.
Gavin Hollowell (0-1), making his major league debut, struck out the first two batters he faced in the 10th. But he walked LaMonte Wade Jr., giving the Giants runners first and second, including the automatic runner. Estrada worked the full count before connecting for his 14th home run, a line shot that reached the left field bleachers. “I was very happy, but at the same time it shows the type of team we are,” Estrada said through an interpreter. “We all invested a bit in this win. I just hit the game-winning home run.”
Camilo Doval (6-6) threw a scoreless ninth for the win and Scott Alexander had three outs for his second save.
Trailing 6-2 heading into the fifth, the Giants rallied for three runs, getting the first two on Joc Pederson’s sacrifice fly and Brandon Crawford’s two-out RBI single. David Villar then singled out and Chad Smith relieved Chad Kuhl. Yastrzemski, who hit a solo homer in the fourth, hosted Smith with an RBI single before the Rockies ended the inning by throwing Villar to the plate on a delayed double steal attempt.
The Rockies added a run in the sixth on Connor Joe’s RBI double, but San Francisco fought back to tie it with a two-run ninth. Estrada scored a brace against Justin Lawrence and, one out later, Flores brought it home. Crawford blasted away before Villar tied the game with an RBI brace.
San Francisco starter Jakob Junis went 4 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on 12 hits, including back-to-back RBI triple at-bats from Toglia, who escaped an 0-for-14 skid RECRUIT REIMBURSEMENT
Villar, the Giants rookie third baseman, overcame his rocky start to the game with a fine finish. In the third inning, he was charged with a double error when he blew Connor Joe’s floor and then had an errant pitch to first. He was later kicked out of his home in a double robbery attempt that went wrong. But he made those mistakes an afterthought with a two-out RBI brace in the ninth that tied the game, setting the stage for Estrada’s heroism.
“I think it’s really important (for a young player) because you learned several things,” Yastrzemski said. “You learned that you’re never out of the game, you learn that you can always do something good after you make a mistake, and seeing him have that success was really, really fun.” TRAINER’S ROOM
Giants: LHP Carlos Rodón has seen his departure scheduled for Tuesday postponed to Friday in Arizona. Manager Gabe Kapler said the team wanted to give Rodón a bit more time between starts to allow a blister and a split fingernail on his throwing hand to calm down a bit. Rodón has struggled with the problem for much of the season. Kapler did not immediately announce a replacement. “We’re going to find out,” he said. … Giants reinstated OF Austin Slater (sprained left hand) from 10-day injured list and opted OF Heliot Ramos for Triple-A Sacramento
Rockies: 2B Brendan Rodgers remains day to day with left hamstring strain. The Rockies are hopeful Rodgers can return soon, although the team said he will undergo an MRI. Rodgers left Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs early with hamstring pain.
Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland (9-9, 4.43 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday night against San Francisco.
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