Elehuris Montero bashes two home runs to lift Rockies over Giants


Led by jubilant rookie Elehuris Montero, the Rockies busted out of their drought in a big way on a perfect summer night at Coors Field.

The Rockies’ entered Friday night’s game on a five-game losing skid and had failed to hit a home run in any of those losses. But Montero rocketed two over the center-field wall, Connor Joe broke out of a deep slump with a solo homer, and the Rockies beat the Giants, 7-4.

And on a day when the Rockies found out that they lost starter Antonio Senzatela for the season with a knee injury, right-hander Jose Urena provided them with a solid outing. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Montero’s first homer at Coors Field was a 429-foot, two-run shot in the second inning off San Francisco left-hander Alex Wood. His second was a three-run blast off Wood in the fifth to hike Colorado’s lead to 7-0.

That spelled the end for Wood, who was torched for seven hits, including Joe’s blast in the fourth and back-to-back doubles by Wynton Bernard and Jose Iglesias in the fifth.

Joe, who began the season as Colorado’s leadoff hitter and on-base specialist, has been in a terrible slump. He entered Friday’s game hitting .085 (4-for-47) since the All-Star break and hitting .139 (14-for-101) over his last 30 games since July 1.

Joe’s homer was his first since June 7, at San Francisco, a drought of 169 at-bats. He also hit a single up the middle in the eighth.

Urena had been scuffling — big time. Over this last five starts, he was 0-3 — the Rockies 0-5 — with a 7.77 ERA. Last Sunday, he served up three home runs to the Diamondbacks. But he held the Giants scoreless through five innings before Joc Pederson sliced a two-out solo homer into the left-field corner in the sixth.

He wobbled in the seventh, walking Mike Yastrzemski and giving up a two-out single to Brendan Crawford. Enter lefty Lucas Gilbreath, who has not pitched well since the All-Star break. He walked pinch hitter J.D. Davis to load the bases and then plunked Joey Bart to force in a run. Pinch hitter Austin Slater compounded Gilbreath’s sins by hitting a two-run single, cutting Colorado’s lead to 7-4.


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