Kyle Freeland sharp in 8-0 win, Rockies sweep Giants

Kyle Freeland on the mound. Coors Field opening day, April 7, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Kyle Freeland on the mound during Coors Field opening day, April 7, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Kyle Freeland scattered six hits over seven sharp innings, Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer and the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 8-0 on Sunday for their first three-game sweep of the Giants at Coors Field since 2002.

Freeland (2-1) mixed a wicked sinker with a two-seam fastball to get 12 groundouts and three strikeouts. The Denver native also shattered three bats on a day when the Giants changed their lineup to try to break out of a hitting funk. It didn’t work as they lost for the sixth time in seven games. At 6-13, they’re off to their worst start since 1983.

Jeff Samardzija (0-4) remains winless after going 5 1/3 innings and surrendering seven runs.

Colorado leads the NL West with a 13-6 mark. It’s tied for the second-best start in franchise history.

Leading 3-0 in the sixth, Freeland appeared to have a 1-2-3 inning when Mark Reynolds dove for a hard grounder, got up and dove to first to beat Hunter Pence to the bag. After a review, the call was overturned. Buster Posey followed with a single before Freeland struck out Brandon Crawford on a slider to end the threat.

The Rockies broke open the game with a five-run sixth inning.