SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Mike Tauchman had three hits in his first game with San Francisco, Alex Wood struck out nine over six innings, and the7-3 Wednesday nightwatchman, acquired from the Yankees on Tuesday, started in center field and went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI. A backup in New York’s star-studded outfield, the 30-year-old Tauchman hopes to establish himself as an everyday player.
Wood (3-0) held the Rockies hitless through 5 2/3 innings and won his third consecutive start to begin his Giants career. He allowed two runs, four hits, and two walks.
Brandon Belt added a two-run single for the Giants, who improved to 16-9 and remained tied with the Losfor the best record in the NL West.
Yonathan Daza had anin Colorado’s two-run seventh when the Rockies pulled within 4-2. But they fell to an NL-worst 9-15 and are 1-8 on the road.
San Francisco has won eight of its past 11. The rotation has keyed the Giants’ surprising start – their starting pitching leads the majors with a 2.20 ERA.
Wood, signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, has a 1.50 ERA and had the Rockies flailing at his sharp slider all night. He didn’t allow a baserunner until walking Charlie Blackmon in the fifth.
When Garrett Hampson doubled to the right with two outs in the sixth, it ended a string of 11 2/3 hitless innings for Wood dating back to his previous start.
Thewith four runs in the second inning. They got an assist from German Marquez (1-2), who walked in the first two runs and allowed Belt’s two-run single.
It was 4-1 when Camilo Doval relieved Wood with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh, and Doval coaxed a 4-6-3 double play from Colorado’s Josh Fuentes. After walking Elias Diaz, Doval stranded a runner at third by retiring pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia on a comebacker.
The Giants broke the game open with a three-run seventh.
The Giants placed Mike Yastrzemski on the 10-day IL (retroactive to Monday) with aoblique and recalled lefty reliever Sam Selman.
They also optioned RHP Gregory Santos to make room for Tauchman on the roster. Tauchman was acquired for left-hander Wandy Peralta and a player to be named.
Giants: RHP Reyes Moronta, working to come off theelbow, could be activated as soon as the team’s upcoming road trip, but the Giants still want to see how he comes out of a simulated game.
The Giants are off Thursday and begin a three-game series aton Friday, with Kevin Gausman (1-0, 2.14) starting. The Rockies will send Antonio Senzatela (1-3, 5.76) to the hill in Arizona’s four-game series opener.
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