Webb withdrew early, Giants win 3rd in a row against Rockies

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DENVER (Neth.) – Logan Webb gave up no hit until one out in the sixth inning, then was immediately pulled by manager Gabe Kapler after 66 pitches in the San Francisco Giants’ 6-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Alex Young, Cole Waites and Scott Alexander held the Rockies to two basehits before Elehuris Montero homered in the ninth inning to Thomas Szapucki in the Giants’ third consecutive win.

Kapler said the team was monitoring Webb’s workload as he pitched a career-high 182 innings going into his 31st start. But Webb (14-9) showed no signs of fatigue as he retired his first 11 batters.

Webb then hit CJ Cron with a 1-0 fastball. Cron stayed in before leaving two innings later for a pinch-hitter with a bruised left hand. The Rockies said their leader’s home run (31) and RBI (101) X-rays were negative.

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Webb didn’t allow another runner until Sean Bouchard, Colorado’s No. 9 batter, hit a liner in the middle. Webb struckout four and lowered his ERA to 2.93 in what was the 25-year-old’s best season.

Jason Vosler, recalled from the minors, hit an RBI triple and scored on Luis González’ single in a two-run fourth against Germán Márquez. Brandon Crawford had an RBI-single in the fifth, but the Giants got closer to elimination as they were 9 1/2 games behind Philadelphia with 13 to play for the final NL wild card.

Márquez (8-12) gave up four runs — three earned — and nine hits with six strikeouts in five innings in Colorado’s third consecutive loss. The start of the game was delayed by 1 hour, 5 minutes due to rain.

EVERYTHING GOES OUT

A broken glove, a broken bat and then knocked down by a fastball. It was a rough night for Cron.

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Vosler grounded into what should have been an inning-ending double play in the first, but Alan Trejo’s throw from second place ripped through the fabric of Cron’s glove. The ball ended up in the dugout and an unearned run to score.

Cron then ended the bottom of the inning when his bat splintered on a groundout to second base. The barrel ended near the mound. Cron was hit in his next plate appearance.

TOVAR COMES

The Rockies have confirmed that SS Ezequiel Tovar, one of their top prospects, will be called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday.

Tovar, a 21-year old righthanded batter from Venezuela, hits .319 this year with 14 homeruns and a .927 OPS in 285 combined at bats in Double-A and Triple-A. He missed part of the season with a groin injury.

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TRAINERS ROOM

Giants: 1B LaMonte Wade Jr. left the field after showing discomfort while running bases in the fifth. … SS Thairo Estrada, hit in the elbow on Tuesday, was out of the lineup. “I think he’s fine,” Kapler said.

Rockies: Manager Bud Black said IF Kris Bryant (left foot) will make the nine-game season-closing trip next week, but it’s not certain whether he will play. … 2B Brendan Rodgers (left hamstring) missed his third game in a row. … SS José Iglesias (right thumb) said he is about to return.

NEXT ONE

RHP Jharel Cotto, recently claimed from Minnesota, is one of several pitchers expected to pitch for the Giants in Thursday’s series finale. A starter was not announced. RHP José Ureña (3-6, 5.49 ERA) goes for the Rockies.

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