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SF Giants get huge homers from Casali, Yastrzemski in 11th straight win vs. Rockies

SF Giants get huge homers from Casali, Yastrzemski in 11th straight win vs. Rockies

DENVER — One traveled 438 feet. The other landed 416 feet from home plate.

Together, they made for the third multi-homer game of Curt Casali’s career and, with 854 feet and four RBIs between them, were the driving force in the Giants’ 7-6 win over the Rockies in their series opener Monday night inside the high-flying confines of Coors Field.

But it was the ball off Mike Yastrzemski’s bat that traveled 420 feet against Rockies closer Daniel Bard in the ninth inning that broke a 6-6 tie and allowed the Giants to escape a back-and-forth battle with their 11th straight win over Colorado, a streak dating back to last season that is the franchise’s longest against a single opponent since 1965.

With two outs, facing the prospect of extra innings, Yastrzemski turned on a first-pitch slider that Bard left down and in and smoked it an ever-so-appropriate distance into the right field seats to decide the meeting between Colorado and San Francisco.

“That felt really good,” said Yastrzemski, whose homer was his third of the season and eighth at Coors Field, his most at any stadium besides Oracle Park. “Just really trying to get a pitch to drive and elevate, and I got one. … I see the ball well here and I know from experience that it’s a big outfield and there’s a lot of ground to cover, so that just gives you confidence.”

It was the final blow in a battle of bullpen performances, after Giants starter Alex Wood matched his shortest start of the season, allowing three runs on six hits over 4⅓ innings, and Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela exited after the second inning with a lower back strain.

Casali’s first homer came on a hanging curveball and tied the game at 1 in the third. His second shot gave the Giants a 4-1 lead. And he scored one of the Giants’ two runs after singling as part of a seventh-inning rally that made it 6-4.

“It’s just one of those stretches where I feel good at the plate right now,” said Casali, who after his 3-for-4, two-homer performance is now 9-for-17 in his past seven games, with all three of his homers this season coming on their current trip. “I work hard on defense and that’s always a constant for me. It’s nice to drive some runs in and score some runs. It’s fun.”

But C.J. Cron and Ryan McMahon ensured the Rockies wouldn’t go silently against San Francisco’s bullpen.

Colorado chased Wood with two outs in the fifth, after three straight base hits produced the Rockies’ second run of the game. His replacement, Dominic Leone, immediately surrendered the first of two RBI singles by Cron, then delivered a first-pitch fastball leading off the sixth inning that McMahon put in the left-field seats, tying the game at 4.

“I’m just glad we got out of Colorado with a team win,” said Wood, who entering Monday owned an 8.50 career ERA at Coors Field. “This place hasn’t been kind to me. … We squirmed our way through there.”

Cron and McMahon each delivered RBI singles off Tyler…

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