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There was an old-fashioned, wild, wild West shootout at Coors Field on Wednesday night. Or baseball turned into 21st century pinball — take your pick.

When it was all said and done, when balls stopped bouncing off the new fences, the Rockies pummeled San Francisco 10-6.

The Rockies set a franchise record with four triples and smashed 12 extra-base hits, tying the franchise record, last set July 30, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs at Coors.

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Nolan Arenado batted 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double and a career-high seven RBIs, one shy of the franchise record. His three-run homer in the eighth gave Colorado room to breathe.

“That was pure adrenaline,” Arenado said of his second homer. “It was close game. I don’t want to say it put the stamp on the game, but it kind of takes the wind out of the (Giants’) sails right there. I was just pumped up. It was a big at-bat.”

Before the game, manager Walt Weiss said Arenado — who was hitting just .222 — was on the verge of breaking free from his early-season doldrums.

“He’s real close,” Weiss said. “Before the off day, on Sunday, he took a lot of good passes at the ball and got a couple hits, could have had more. But he had some nice near-misses. I’ve seen that all along. He’s just a click off. He’s real close to getting on a roll.”

Arenado now has four homers and owns a .313 average.

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Rookie shortstop Trevor Story, who had seven home runs entering the game, nearly swatted two more. But the new fence installed in right-center field this season kicked back two deep drives, transforming them from home runs into triples.

“It’s supposed to get the other team,” Weiss joked. “But it was a great sign to see that from Trevor. That’s his part of the ballpark, that center – to right-center gap.”

Story also ripped a single to right in the eighth, boosting his average to .343.

Colorado’s other triples came from Charlie Blackmon, to lead off Colorado’s first inning, and from Carlos Gonzalez, two batters later. Gonzalez came up a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) gets a hug from right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) after they both scored from third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) homer at Coors Field on April 13, 2016 in Denver. ( Brent Lewis, The Denver Post)

Without the new fencing, Blackmon’s triple most likely would have been a ground-rule double last season.

It was not a good night to be on the mound.

Rockies starter Jordan Lyles, who has struggled mightily early this season, pitched two scoreless innings until the Giants put a hurt on him. Lyles lasted 4 innings, giving up five runs on six hits. After two starts, both at Coors, Lyles has an 11.25 ERA.

The Rockies’ bullpen did a good job putting an end to the craziness. Lefty Chris Rusin pitched 2 innings, allowed no hits, struck out three and earned the victory.

In the eighth, San Francisco’s Brandon Belt hit a solo homer off young, hard-throwing right-hander Miguel Castro, cutting Colorado’s lead to 7-6. It was just the second hit Castro has allowed this season.

It was nightmarish game for Giants veteran right-hander Jake Peavy. Bruised, battered and most likely bewildered, he was done after four innings. He had already served up 10 extra-base hits, the most by a pitcher in the San Francisco era of Giants baseball (since 1958). That surpassed the eight given up by Sam Jones (Aug. 25, 1960) and Jack Sanford (Sept. 2, 1961).

Before Wednesday night, the last pitcher in the big leagues to allow 10 or more extra-base hits in a game was Boston’s Curt Schilling on Aug. 10, 2006, at Kansas City, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Over the last 50 seasons, only Peavy, Schilling and Luis Tiant (10 on April 18, 1969, vs. Boston) have allowed 10 or more extra-base hits in a game.