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Rockies’ Ryan McMahon breaks out of slump with “oppo” homer

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Third baseman Ryan McMahon was one of the few Rockies players able to solve San Francisco right-hander Kevin Gausman Monday afternoon at Coors Field.

McMahon hit a solo homer to left-center in the second and drew a walk in the fourth against Gausman, who pitched seven strong innings in the Giants’ 10-5 victory. McMahon homered for the third time in 11 games, and the fact that he took the ball the opposite way was a good sign.

“When I can hit balls to left-center instead of cutting them or slicing them, that’s a sign that I’m starting to do some things better,” McMahon said.

He entered Monday slashing just .125/.182/.300 with one double and two home runs over his last 12 games. Prior to that slump, he had slashed .297/.375/.406 over an 18-game stretch.

McMahon has hit five home runs in 62 games since June 16 after hitting 16 homers in
his first 67 games.

Colorado trio. Thomas Jefferson High School graduate Kyle Freeland started Monday’s game opposite the Giants’ Gausman, who graduated from Grandview. But they weren’t the only Colorado kids on the mound.

Legacy High product Lucas Gilbreath pitched a scoreless ninth for the Rockies, giving up one hit and striking out one, whittling his ERA to 4.22. Gilbreath has held the opposition scoreless in 10 straight games and 14 of his last 16 games while posting a 1.03 ERA.

Footnotes. When Freeland gave up a leadoff homer to Darin Ruf it marked the first time in franchise history the Rockies allowed a leadoff home run in back-to-back games. Plus, they have allowed the leadoff hitter to homer in four consecutive games for the second time in franchise history. (Also, June 1-3, 2015). … Charlie Blackmon tripled in the sixth inning to notch an extra-base hit in four straight games. It was his first time doing that since Aug. 6-9, 2020. The triple was Blackmon’s 52nd of his career, one short of tying Dexter Fowler for the franchise record.

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