Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez thrives as Colorado rolls Giants, 7-2 – The Denver Post

German Marquez pitched a gem and the Rockies’ bats came alive in a 7-2 victory Monday night at the Giants. Now, two unfamiliar words for Colorado — winning streak.

The Rockies (24-29) have won back-to-back games for the first time in three weeks as their playoff hopes, while slim, remain mathematically possible. Colorado — trailing the Brewers, Giants, Mets and Reds for the final National League wild-card slot — plays San Francisco three more times before closing the regular season with four games at the Diamondbacks.

On Sunday, Marquez earned his eighth quality start of the year, the bullpen held up, and Colorado featured seven players with at least one hit. The Rockies did it without third baseman Nolan Arenado after he was shut down for the season with a nagging shoulder injury earlier the same day.

“There was a good energy tonight,” manager Bud Black said. “A lot of contributions from a lot of players.”

The Rockies were lifted by a flurry of first-inning offense behind four singles (Kevin Pillar, Charlie Blackmon, Josh Fuentes and Ryan McMahon) against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Fuentes and McMahon each drove in a run to lead 2-0 and Colorado kept its foot on the gas.

The Rockies padded their advantage in the third with a Pillar solo homer, and again in the fourth when a Cueto balk scored Sam Hilliard. In the fifth inning, reserve catcher Elias Diaz blasted a deep single that scored Trevor Story and Fuentes.