Williamson’s 2019 debut a smash as Giants blast Rockies

Mac Williamson homered and drove in four runs in his 2019 debut and the visiting San Francisco Giants routed the Colorado Rockies 14-4 on Tuesday night.Williamson, who hit three home runs Monday night for Triple-A Sacramento, was called up Tuesday and paid immediate dividends when his three-run homer off Antonio Senzatela broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth.Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar also homered for San Francisco, Joe Panik had three hits and Brandon Belt had two doubles.San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner (2-4) gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked one.Senzatela (2-2) gave up seven runs on eight hits — three of them home runs — in 4 2/3 innings. He entered the game 5-0 with a 3.35 ERA in his career against the Giants.Charlie Blackmon and Chris Iannetta homered for the Rockies and Raimel Tapia had three hits.Blackmon led off the bottom of the first with his fifth home run of the season. It was his second leadoff homer of the season and the 32nd of his career.Longoria tied it in the second when he connected with a 3-2 fastball for his fifth home run.

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