Strat­ton’s 2-hit­ter snaps S.F. skid

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - GIANTS A’S - By Steve Kro­ner Steve Kro­ner is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: skro­ner@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @SteveKronerSF

They won’t have to en­dure a dirty dozen.

The Gi­ants lugged a San Fran­cisco-record 11-game los­ing streak into Fri­day night’s se­ries opener against Colorado at AT&T Park.

Chris Strat­ton made sure that skid ended as he threw the first com­plete game of his ca­reer and the Gi­ants’ first this sea­son. He fired a two-hit­ter in a 2-0 vic­tory. The Gi­ants picked up their first win of Septem­ber.

Strat­ton re­tired the fi­nal 12 Colorado hit­ters. He struck out seven and walked two.

As he walked off the mound in the eighth, Strat­ton re­ceived a nice ova­tion from many of the 37,800 fans. Once he reached the dugout, he re­ceived sev­eral high-fives from his team­mates, which nor­mally would in­di­cate that his night was over.

In­stead, man­ager Bruce Bochy let Strat­ton take the mound for the ninth.

“I thought I was done,” Strat­ton said, “but I’m glad he gave me a chance to go back out there and do it.”

Strat­ton (10-9) be­came the Gi­ants’ first pitcher to reach dou­ble-digit vic­to­ries since 2016, when Johnny Cueto (18), Madi­son Bum­gar­ner (15) and Jeff Sa­mardz­ija (12) all did so.

Strat­ton’s shutout was the Gi­ants’ first since Sa­mardz­ija threw one at San Diego on Aug. 28 of last year.

Strat­ton be­gan 2018 solidly; through June 1, he was 7-3 with a 4.50 ERA.

He then strug­gled, and twice was de­moted to the mi­nors. The first de­mo­tion came af­ter back-to-back starts against Colorado in which he al­lowed a com­bined 13 runs on 19 hits in 92⁄3 in­nings.

On Aug. 14, Strat­ton made his fi­nal ap­pear­ance for Triple-A Sacra­mento, giv­ing up a run in six in­nings at Reno. Dur­ing his mi­nor-league stints, he didn’t lose faith in him­self.

Said Strat­ton: “If you don’t be­lieve in your­self, then who can be­lieve in you? I ap­pre­ci­ate them send­ing me down and giv­ing me some guid­ance and let­ting me work through some things. Hope­fully, I can con­tinue to build on this, go­ing into next year as well.”

Since re­turn­ing to face the Mets on Aug. 21, Strat­ton has al­lowed eight earned runs in 341⁄3 in­nings (2.09 ERA).

The Rockies got only one man as far as sec­ond base Fri­day night. Strat­ton re­ceived some help from his de­fense, par­tic­u­larly from Gre­gor Blanco.

With one out and a man on in the sixth, Nolan Are­nado smoked a ball to deep left. Blanco raced back and made a high, back­handed grab on the warn­ing track, rob­bing Are­nado of ex­tra bases.

The Gi­ants con­tin­ued to strug­gle at the plate. Austin Slater’s sin­gle off Tyler An­der­son (6-9) in the sec­ond brought home Nick Hund­ley and Joe Panik (two hits apiece).

With that hit up the mid­dle, Slater de­liv­ered more runs (two) than the Gi­ants had scored in any of their pre­vi­ous five home games (one apiece).

In fact, the last time they scored more than one run at home was their pre­vi­ous win: a 7-0 dust­ing of the Mets on Aug. 31.

Blanco, who was part of two World Se­ries ti­tle teams, ac­knowl­edged how pumped he and his team­mates were sim­ply to get an­other vic­tory.

“It seems like we just won a World Se­ries, some­thing like that,” Blanco said. “It was a huge win for us. You can see how ex­cited ev­ery­body was.”

Mean­while, the Rockies’ lead in the NL West dwin­dled to a half-game over the Dodgers, who pre­vailed 3-0 in St. Louis.

Thearon W. Hen­der­son / Getty Images

Chris Strat­ton of the Gi­ants (34) cel­e­brates with catcher Nick Hund­ley af­ter pitch­ing a two-hit­ter to beat the Rockies.

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