Logan Webb ends 3-game skid in Giants’ 9-1 win over Rockies

Sep 10, 2023, 8:53 AM

Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 9: Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Oracle Park on September 9, 2023 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

Logan Webb pitched six scoreless innings for his first win in more than a month, Thairo Estrada homered and had three RBIs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 9-1 on Saturday night.

Mike Yastrzemski had four hits and two RBIs, and J.D. Davis singled twice for San Francisco.

The Giants have won back-to-back games following a six-game losing streak that matched their longest of the season. They remain 2 1/2 games behind Arizona for the third NL wild card.

San Francisco’s offense hasn’t provided much support for Webb this season. The nine runs were the most he’s been given in a start since the Giants put up nine against Milwaukee on July 17, 2022.

“It’s been some of the tough games that we’ve had offensively but it was nice to get him a little support today,” Yastrzemski said.

Logan Webb (10-12) had lost his last three decisions as the Giants offense accounted for two runs total. Overall, he was winless in six starts dating to Aug. 2 before his second consecutive strong outing against the Rockies. He threw his first career shutout versus Colorado on July 9.

Although the right-hander wasn’t as crisp Saturday, the results were similar. Webb struck out four, walked one and allowed just three singles. He let only one runner advance past first base and raised his major league-leading total to 193 innings pitched.

“It’s a signal of durability, a signal of trust from the coaching staff to Logan, the team to Logan,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “We haven’t scored enough runs for him, and there’s been some times where we haven’t played the best defense behind him.”

Webb needed just eight pitches to get through the first inning. He got Sean Bouchard to strike out looking with a runner on third to end the fifth, then absorbed a line drive by Ezequiel Tovar that appeared to hit him on the backside in in the sixth.

Webb welcomed the run support but is aware it works both ways.

“There’s been games where we scored 10 runs and I give up six and we somehow win,” he said. “I just wanted to go out there and do my job. I feel like I haven’t done my job the best way for a lot of the season.”

Ryan Walker, Scott Alexander and Luke Jackson each retired three batters to complete the seven-hitter.

Charlie Blackmon singled off Webb in the sixth and has reached base in all 22 games since coming off the injured list Aug. 14. Elehuris Montero had a sacrifice fly. The last-place Rockies have lost 15 of 18.

The Giants got to Colorado starter Chase Anderson quickly.

Yastrzemski, the leadoff hitter who missed 26 games earlier this season with hamstring injuries, pounded the first pitch Anderson threw to deep center field for a double. Estrada waited one pitch, then crushed a 1-0 cutter into the left-field stands for a 2-0 lead.

“He’s such a dynamic player; he does everything well,” Yastrzemski said of Estrada. “He runs well, he fields well. Everything he hits is hard. He makes for a very, very exciting player.”

Davis doubled off the brick wall in right to begin the fourth, went to third on LaMonte Wade Jr.’s sharp single and scored on a wild pitch by Anderson that bounced in front of catcher Elias Diaz and skipped to the fence near the Giants’ dugout.

Luis Matos, fresh off the first three-hit game of his career, added an RBI single to make it 4-0 before Rockies manager Bud Black changed pitchers.

It didn’t matter much.

After Yastrzemski singled off reliever Gavin Hollowell to drive in Joey Bart, Estrada picked up his third RBI when he hit a fly to center fielder Nolan Jones, who dropped the ball. Jones recovered and got a forceout at second, so no error was charged while Matos scored easily for the Giants.

Yastrzemski added an RBI double as part of San Francisco’s three-run sixth.

Anderson (0-5) allowed six runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

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