Giants observations: What we learned in 12-4 Game 1 win vs. Rockies

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What we learned as Giants erupt early, beat Rockies in Game 1 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

You're never out of a game at Coors Field. Unless you give up 10 runs in the top of the first inning. 

German Marquez and the Rockies did that Tuesday, turning the final 6 1/2 innings of the first game of a doubleheader into a formality. The Giants ultimately won 12-4, improving to 6-1 this season against the Rockies. Alex Wood and a hungry lineup will try to make it a clean sweep in the nightcap. 

Here are three things you need to know from a historic first game ... 

Welcome Back to Coors! 

For the fifth time in franchise history, the Giants scored at least 10 runs in the first inning. They raised their team batting average six points during the insane inning. Here's everything else you need to know.

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Brandon Belt did half the damage, driving in five runs with an RBI single and a grand slam. He became the first Giant since Juan Uribe in 2010 to drive in at least five runs in an inning. Not surprisingly, Belt also became the first No. 2 hitter in Giants history to hit a grand slam in the first inning. 

Forever Giants

It was a huge day for the longest-tenured members of the lineup. Belt had three hits, drove in five and scored two runs. Buster Posey also homered in the first and later added two more hits, raising his average to .382. He scored three runs. Brandon Crawford returned from a calf contusion to reach base four times. He hit his fifth homer of the year in the sixth inning, passing Rich Aurilia to move into 10th place on the San Francisco Giants career RBI list with 576. 

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The three have done a lot of damage over the years at Coors Field. Posey now has 15 homers there, Belt has 12, and Crawford has 10. 

Rough No-Decision 

Aaron Sanchez took the mound with a 10-0 lead but couldn't qualify for the win. Sanchez worked around trouble in his first three innings but the Rockies caught up with him in the fourth, getting slightly interesting when Raimel Tapia pulled a changeup out to right for a grand slam that cut the deficit to six. Sanchez was at 83 pitches after four innings, pretty close to where the Giants have set his max, and he was replaced by Jose Alvarez in the fifth.

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Sanchez was charged with four earned on seven hits and a walk. He has a 3.18 ERA through six Giants starts, but also has failed to complete five innings in three of them. Right now, the Giants will take it, as the rest of their rotation is doing a good job of going deep.

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