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Rox roll to first home sweep of Giants since '02

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies rewrote club history Sunday while adding another chapter to a season brimming with potential by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 8-0.

Gerardo Parra homered and drove in three runs to lead a balanced Rockies offense that complemented rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland's seven-inning effort. The combined shutout completed Colorado's first three-game home sweep of the Giants since May 24-26, 2002, and kept the Rockies (13-6) atop the National League West standings.

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies rewrote club history Sunday while adding another chapter to a season brimming with potential by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 8-0.

Gerardo Parra homered and drove in three runs to lead a balanced Rockies offense that complemented rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland's seven-inning effort. The combined shutout completed Colorado's first three-game home sweep of the Giants since May 24-26, 2002, and kept the Rockies (13-6) atop the National League West standings.

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"We're a team," Parra said. "If you're not hitting today, maybe CarGo's hitting tomorrow. The only thing right now is just play to win. The starting pitching is doing great work, throwing six, seven innings. Every time we win, we're happy. But forget it today and be ready for tomorrow."

Video: SF@COL: Story's two-run single extends the lead

San Francisco (6-13), which owns the NL's worst record, endured its sixth defeat in seven games while finishing a two-city, 1-4 trip. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija absorbed Sunday's decision, allowing seven runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Asked whether the Giants' current roster is talented enough to launch a turnaround, Samardzija said, "No doubt. Absolutely. We have everything we need in this room. Sometimes you just need to go out in the field and prove it, have a big game and get some momentum and confidence going back with the club. That's what this game is all about. It's about momentum, confidence and trust in yourself, trust in your teammates."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy echoed similar faith. "There's only so much you can do," he said. "These are our guys and they've been through this."

Bochy wants 'sense of urgency' from Giants

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Blackmon takes another trip(le): Charlie Blackmon set the tone for another big offensive day for the Rockies when he led off the first inning with a triple for the second straight game and scored on Nolan Arenado's sac fly to left field. According to Elias, the last player to hit first-inning leadoff triples in consecutive games was Jose Reyes, for the Marlins in June 2012. Two other Rockies have accomplished the feat: Neifi Perez in September 1999 and Eric Young in May 1993. Blackmon later added a two-run double as the Rockies rallied for five runs in the sixth inning.

"Charlie's an all-field hitter," manager Bud Black said. "Fastball yesterday ripped down the first-base line, beat [Brandon] Belt to the bag, triple, home run to straightaway center, ball off the right-center wall leading off the game, double down the left-field line. Hit it where it's pitched, that's Charlie. A ball away, he'll take the other way. He can drive the ball to the middle of the field, and he can turn on a ball. He's a good hitter.

"You can hit Charlie anywhere, but we need him at the top of the order."

Video: SF@COL: Blackmon begins the day with a three-bagger

Speaking of the sixth inning: Samardzija had his usual good stuff, striking out six. But he twice ran afoul of Parra, who golfed a two-run homer in the fourth inning before contributing a run-scoring single to Colorado's big sixth. That hit increased Parra's career batting average against Samardzija to .400 (12-for-30).

"I think he threw me a splitty," Parra said of the fourth-inning homer. "Only thing I wanted was to get a strike to hit in the middle. I got good contact, home run."

Video: SF@COL: Parra goes deep to extend the Rockies' lead

QUOTABLE
"I know they're going to lay out for every single ball that comes to them, and I have complete confidence that they're going to come up with it and make a strong throw to first." -- Freeland, on the Rockies' defense, which fielded 12 groundouts in his seven shutout innings

Freeland shuts down Giants in best start yet

Video: SF@COL: Freeland escapes a jam in the 7th

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Giants' 6-13 start is tied for their worst start through 19 games in the history of the franchise. Their previous 6-13 starts came in 1896, 1900, 1915, 1916, 1950, 1951, 1972, 1980 and 1983.

Video: SF@COL: Bochy on the loss to the Rockies

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds appeared to end the Giants' half of the fifth inning when he dove to his right and snared Hunter Pence's sharp grounder then slid to touch first base. Pence was called out, but Bochy challenged the call, which was overturned following a video review.

Video: SF@COL: Pence is awarded a hit after Giants challenge

WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: If any active player understands the Giants-Dodgers rivalry, it's Matt Cain, San Francisco's longest-tenured performer, who's scheduled to start Monday night's 7:15 PT series opener at AT&T Park. But Cain, who broke into the Majors in August 2005, has struggled against Los Angeles, posting a 5-11 record with a 3.53 ERA in 32 appearances.

Rockies: Southpaw Tyler Anderson climbs the hill for Colorado Monday to open a four-game set with the Nationals. Anderson is 5-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 13 career Coors Field starts, but he has struggled to start his sophomore season. After making 12 quality starts in 19 chances with the Rockies in 2016, he has yet to complete six innings and has allowed at least four runs in each of his starts this season.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.