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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (21) throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the second innings of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (AP Photo / Jim Gensheimer)

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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (21) throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the second innings of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (AP Photo / Jim Gensheimer)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Kyle Freeland put up six strong innings to win his third straight start, CJ Cron made his 19th home run and the Colorado Rockies scored a rare road win by beating San Francisco 4-1 on Saturday night Six game winning streak.

Brendan Rodgers single to extend his hitting streak to 16 games for Colorado. Trevor Story doubled up twice and scored two runs.

The Rockies had lost five straight from home and were 13-44 on the road before Freeland and two rescuers put the Giants down.

“I feel really good about being with my mechanics, my pitch mix, and doing our thing out there every five days,” Freeland said. “Right from the start I had the feeling that everything would work for me.”

Freeland (4-6) won just one of his first 12 starts before taking three straight wins in August. The left-hander had six strikeouts and allowed five hits and one run to score his seventh career win over San Francisco – his most against any team.

“The old adage, this is a game of adjustment and Kyle lived it,” said Rockies manager Bud Black. “Four playing fields, anytime, every count, every part of the game. He pitched great and there wasn’t much hard contact with him. “

Colorado’s defense backed pitching by playing doubles for three consecutive innings.

Jhoulys Chacín withdrew six thugs and Daniel Bard worked the ninth for his 19th save.

Evan Longoria scored a single on his return to the Giants, scoring a goal after missing with a left shoulder sprain for more than two months.

“We put together a pretty good line-up against Freeland and he was able to go through this line-up three times,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler. “There is nothing to point out. I just don’t think we played well enough to win the game tonight. “

Cron homered by Giants opener Sammy Long before the second, then drove in the tiebreak run against Dominic Leone (2-2) in the sixth on a field player choice grounder with loaded bases.

“You never know if you’re going to get one at this park, but it felt good,” said Cron of his home run. “I hit it deep enough to think I took the wind out of it.”

Second base player Donovan Solano’s fielding error later in the inning allowed Story to score.

History doubled in eighth and scored on the choice of Ryan McMahon’s outfield.

Solano’s two-single before Freeland in the second made up 1-everything.

Long, named by Triple-A Sacramento to take the injured Johnny Cueto’s turn in the rotation, had three strikeouts and allowed two hits in two innings.

SF’S WILD WINDS

It’s not as bad as Candlestick Park, but the winds at Oracle Park can be difficult to navigate, as Cron found out in the second inning. Longoria hit a tall popup that initially led into foul territory near right field before drifting back and falling fairly as Cron took up pursuit.

Black put some of the blame on second baseman Rodgers, who stopped running for the ball.

“In this city with this wind and the currents and what the ball is doing, everything in the air is dangerous,” said Black. “Brendan shouldn’t have given up this ball, plain and simple. Learning experience for a rookie player. “

TRAINER ROOM

Rockies: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (COVID-19) put down 2 2/3 goalless innings in a rehab start with the club’s ACL daughter on Friday. Gonzalez will toss aside on Sunday before the Rockies determine what comes next.

Giants: RHP Jay Jackson was put on the IL for vaccine-related reasons. … INF Thairo Estrada was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

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Rockies RHP Jon Gray (7-8, 3.85 ERA) beat San Francisco earlier this season with a four-hit ball over six innings but is 2-6 lifetime against the Giants.

San Francisco LHP Alex Wood (9-3, 4:22) has made it through six innings twice in his last nine starts.

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