DENVER — Alex Dickerson hit three home runs and matched a career high with six RBIs, highlighting one of the biggest offensive shows ever at Coors Field as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 23-5 on Tuesday.
“That’s by far the best game I’ve ever had in my life,” said Dickerson, who just missed hitting a fourth home run in his final at-bat in the ninth inning but settled for a 414-foot double that reached the warning track in center.
“I don’t think I’ve seen that many barreled balls from one guy in one game before,” said Crawford, who also homered among his three hits. “I thought he got that last one, too. That would have been pretty cool.”
Dickerson finished with 16 total bases (three homers, two doubles), tying the Giants’ franchise record set by Willie Mays on April 30, 1961, at the Milwaukee Braves. He is the 15th player in MLB history, and only the 12th since 1901, to have five extra-base hits in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“It’s incredible company,” Dickerson said. “The things [Mays] did in his career and everything he means to San Francisco, to even be mentioned in the same breath as him is an incredible honor.”
The Giants hit .519 (27-for-52) for the night, their best batting average in a game since July 25, 1961.
The Giants’ 27 hits are the most in a game by an NL team in more than 20 seasons. The most recent NL team with more than 26 hits in a game was the Cincinnati Reds, who had 28 on May 19, 1999, at Coors Field.
“There were plenty of good performances to go around, up and down the lineup,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.
The 23 runs were the third-most allowed by the Rockies in team history. The Chicago Cubs scored 26 against Colorado on Aug. 18, 1995, and the Reds scored 24 in the 1999 game. The 27 hits by the Giants were the second-most allowed by the Rockies, matching the Cubs’ hit total in the 1995 game.
There have been three games in which an NL team has had at least 27 hits since the Rockies’ first season in 1993. All three have come at Coors Field.
“We’ve got to circle the wagons a little bit here,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “With the pitching, we’ve had a couple of rough nights on the mound, coincided with a couple of rough nights at the plate. It’s a bad combination. We’ve got to put the two together, that’s for sure.”
Catcher Drew Butera pitched the last two innings for the Rockies. It was the seventh career pitching appearance for the position player and his first since 2018, when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals.
Dickerson touched off his power display — the first multihomer game of his career — with a towering, first-inning solo shot that landed in the third deck overlooking right field. The 480-foot drive off Jon Gray (2-4) was the longest home run by a Giants player since at least 2015.
He followed with a two-run drive in the second inning and a three-run homer off of Jairo Diaz in the Giants’ seven-run sixth inning, their biggest of the night. Crawford also had a three-run homer in the sixth.
Dickerson doubled and scored between his last two homers, drew a walk in the eighth and doubled to the center-field warning track off Butera in the ninth.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.