DENVER — Even by Coors Field standards, this was a thrashing.
The Giants allowed 12 extra-base hits in a 10-6 loss to the Rockies, a San Francisco-era franchise record. Nolan Arenado — who hit 10 homers against the Giants last season — did most of the damage, going deep twice and driving in seven runs on a brutal night for Jake Peavy.
Peavy became the first San Francisco Giant to allow 10 extra-base hits in a game. He was the first MLB pitcher since Curt Schilling in 2006 to do it, and just the third in the last 50 years. Given all that, it was somewhat remarkable that the Giants trailed by just one after five innings.
Two of the first three Rockies hit triples, and Gerardo Parra added a double later in the first as the Rockies put two on the board. Charlie Blackmon hit a two-out double in the second and Carlos Gonzalez doubled ahead of Arenado’s homer in the third. Peavy allowed two more doubles in that inning, and a triple and a double in the fourth, which was his last inning.
The Giants kept close with two rallies. Denard Span’s two-run double in the third got them on the board and Joe Panik, Hunter Pence and Trevor Brown drove in runs in a three-run fifth, chasing starter Jordan Lyles.
The Rockies scored in the sixth, but Brandon Belt cut the lead in half with a towering homer to right in the top of the eighth. Arenado put it out of reach shortly after that with a three-run blast off Josh Osich.
Starting pitching report: Peavy was charged with six runs on 11 hits. In two starts this season, he has given up 21 hits in nine innings and been charged with 10 earned runs.
Bullpen report: Chris Heston made his second relief appearance, giving up one run in two innings after Peavy was removed.
At the plate: Belt’s solo homer had a launch angle of 41 degrees, per Statcast. That’s the highest in MLB so far this season.
In the field: The Giants caught a break in the second when DJ LeMahieu ran into the third out. LeMahieu had been on first when Charlie Blackmon hit a pop-up to right that dropped for a double. Pence’s throw home went to the backstop and LeMahieu rounded third, seeing that Peavy hadn’t backed up the play. The ball bounced right back to Brown, who threw LeMahieu out as he tried to retreat to third.
Attendance: The Rockies announced an attendance of 21,891 people who don’t like basketball.
Up next: Matt Cain gets the series finale. He’ll go up against right-hander Christian Bergman (0-1, 12.00).