Padres take down Rockies, 11-4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Everyone loves coming to San Diego.
Except the Colorado Rockies.
Matt Kemp and Jedd Gyorko homered and James Shields pitched six innings as the Padres beat the Rockies 11-4 on Wednesday night.
Colorado has lost 17 of its past 21 at Petco Park and eight of its last nine.
Chris Rusin (5-8) went three innings and allowed six runs and eight hits. That he walked Shields with the bases loaded in the second to tie the game 2-2 illustrates what a tough outing it was.
Rusin lost for the sixth time in his last eight starts.
“It was hot out, but I just didn’t make my pitches,” Rusin said. “Hopefully, I figure it out sooner rather than later.”
The Padres had 18 hits, two shy of their season high, in winning their second straight after a four-game losing streak.
“They have some guys who can hit it out of the ballpark,” Rusin said. “If you make a mistake, they will make you pay. You can’t be too predictable with them, and tonight I was too predictable.”
San Diego scored four runs in the third to take a 6-2 lead.
“We put some good swings on him and he left a few balls over the plate that he probably wished he could have back,” Gyorko said. “And we took advantage of those mistakes.”
The big blow was Gyorko’s three-run homer, his 14th of the season. Yangervis Solarte and Kemp reached on singles before Gyorko’s blast, which extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games.
“I left one up to Gyorko and he got all of it,” Rusin said.
Shields (11-6) worked six innings, charged with four runs, seven hits and four walks. He struck out six in winning for the third time in his last four decisions. He went to 5-0 against the Rockies in his last six starts against them.
“His changeup is his go-to pitch,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “We had him on the ropes there in the sixth, just one big hit away from getting to him. But we couldn’t get it done.”
Bud Norris, Marcus Mateo and Odrisamer Despaigne all pitched an inning to close out the Rockies.
San Diego pushed across three runs in the sixth on run-scoring singles by Wil Myers and Solarte. Kemp got his second RBI on a fielder’s choice.
Myers and Solarte got their third hits — and RBIs — in the seventh inning for the game’s final runs.
Dustin Garneau’s first major league homer with Corey Dickerson aboard in the fourth pulled the Rockies within 6-4. It was the 29th home run allowed by Shields, tied for the second-most in the majors.
After the Rockies scored two runs in the first on RBI singles by Justin Morneau and DJ Lemaheiu, Kemp hit a solo homer to slice the lead in half. Kemp ran his consecutive on-base streak to a career-best 29 games and pushed his hitting streak to seven games.
BASH BROS. II
Few lineups match the slugging tandem of Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez. Arenado leads the NL with 37 home runs; Gonzalez has 36. Weiss was a teammate of the original Bash Bros.: Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. “The difference is with Nolan and Carlos, they are right- and left-handed,” Weiss said. “That can make it tough on pitchers going through that.”
Kemp slugged his 20th home run, the second straight year’s he’s hit at least 20. It’s the sixth time in his career he’s hit 20-plus home runs, with his career-high coming in 2011 when his 39 led the NL.
PADRES: RHP Joaquin Benoit (back) remains unavailable.
ROCKIES: C Nick Hundley (neck) underwent an MRI which revealed a cervical strain. He’ll be out at least three-four days.
ROCKIES: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (9-6, 4.24) is making his 13th road start, pitching to a 6-4 record with a 3.22 ERA. He worked seven innings and allowed one run and six hits in winning his last time out, against the Giants on Friday.
Padres : RHP Tyson Ross (10-10, 3.21) lost his previous outing but has won two of his past three. This is the fourth time he’s faced the Rockies this year, going 2-1. He last saw them on Aug. 14 at Colorado, allowing two earned runs and six hits over five innings for the win.