“It feels good,” he said. “I wanted to hit one in there for a long time. I’m glad I finally got to.”
Crawford turned on the second pitch thrown by Rex Brothers (1-1) and drove it into the water on the fly for his first career walkoff homer and first splash homer.
“He smoked that one,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I asked him if he ever hit one further.”
The homer also helped Crawford show Bochy that he deserves more at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Bochy said earlier this season that Crawford might sit against certain lefties after hitting just .199 off them last season.
But he is 7 for 14 so far this year against lefties with no bigger hit than the one against Brothers.
“That’s what you want these guys to do is take anything that you may throw at them that may not have them in the game as a challenge,” Bochy said. “To his credit, he’s done that.”
Sergio Romo (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
But the Rockies got bad news after the game when they learned lefty Brett Anderson broke the index finger on his throwing hand Saturday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
“We have to play the hand we’re dealt with here,” manager Walt Weiss said. “His arm is great and so is everything else. It’s better than having arm trouble.”
The Giants nearly won it in the ninth, when Gregor Blanco hit a drive off the wall in right field with two outs and nobody on. When Michael Cuddyer misplayed the carom off the wall, Blanco tried to score on the play but was thrown out on a relay from second baseman D.J. LeMahieu to Rosario.