Márquez’s arm, bat lead Rockies to 7-3 win over Padres
DENVER (AP) — Germán Márquez pitched into the seventh inning and helped himself with two hits and two RBIs as the Colorado Rockies overcame three home runs by San Diego and beat the Padres 7-3 on Tuesday night.
C.J. Cron and Charlie Blackmon homered for the Rockies.
The Padres got solo homers in the seventh inning from Fernando Tatis Jr., Tommy Pham and Jake Croneworth, who had an inside-the-park home run. Marquez went 6 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He added an RBI single in the fourth and a run-scoring double in the sixth. Manager Bud Black said Márquez was dealing with an upset stomach for most of the day but managed to fight through the illness to make another quality start.
“German was stricken by some sort of bug, not feeling well all day,” Black said. “He showed his grit; no excuses, no complaints. It helped that he was very efficient. He threw the ball great. … I think maybe he just sort of hit the wall (in the seventh).” Leading 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Rockies’ Trevor Story drew a leadoff walk from Miguel Diaz. Tim Hill relieved and Blackmon connected for his ninth homer and second in as many nights. Cron, who hit the game-winning homer in the ninth against San Diego on Monday, followed with another homer to extend Colorado’s advantage to four runs.
It was San Diego’s sixth loss in a row at Coors Field, and marked the second consecutive series loss to the Rockies. The Padres have not won at Coors Field since May 12, and they have lost six of their last seven on the road overall dating to Aug. 4. “We’re in a little bit of a cold stretch,” Croneworth said. “If we can stop the bleeding a little bit and limit the big inning, keep them at a run or two runs and stay in the fight, I think that will help going forward. … I’ve got a lot of confidence we’re going to be able to do it and we’re going to get out of this and get going.” The Padres remain 1 ½ games up on Cincinnati for the second NL wild card spot.
Márquez (11-9) took a one-hitter into the seventh before Tatis hit a towering drive that soared well into the bleachers beyond the center field wall to start the inning, ending a shutout bid.
After Manny Machado flied out, Croneworth tagged a drive that banged off the right-center field wall, slipping past right fielder Blackmon before being run down by center fielder Sam Hilliard. By then, Croneworth had made it around the bases for an inside-the-park homer. Pham followed by homering into the left field bleachers, and Jhoulys Chacin relieved Marquez, retiring the next two batters to close out the inning.
Blackmon had three RBIs, starting with a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the first inning off Matt Strahm (0-1). SUCCCESS AT HOME
While the Rockies have struggled mightily on the road, they have played extraordinarily well at home. They improved to 40-21 at Coors Field, second only in the majors to NL West leading San Francisco’s home winning percentage (42-18, 0.700)
Pham’s home run traveled 486 feet, the longest home run in the majors this season. It was the second-longest by a Padres player in the Statcast Era (from 2015), behind Franchy Cordero’s 489-foot drive at Arizona on April 20, 2018.
Padres: RHP Chris Paddock, sidelined since July 28 with a left oblique strain, has steadily increased baseball activities and could soon begin throwing sessions off the mound. “He’s progressing,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “We think we’re really close to getting on a slope.”
Rockies: INF Alan Trejo was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill the roster spot of LHP Austin Gombert, who has been placed on the paternity list. RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez is set to come off the COVIDS-19 injured list to fill in for Gombert, who was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against San Diego.
Padres: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-11, 6.88 ERA) is set to make his first start for San Diego since being signed earlier this week following his release by the Chicago Cubs. A former NL Cy Young award winner who has struggled to quash the big inning at times this season, Arrieta bolsters a San Diego rotation that just recently lost RHP Yu Darvish to the injured list due to lower back tightness.
Rockies: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 6.06 ERA) steps into the rotation spot of LHP Austin Gomber, who has been placed on the paternity list. Gonzalez is returning from the COVID-19 injured list to make his 16th start of the season and sixth at home. He last pitched July 23, when he received a no-decision in Colorado’s 9-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies are expected to limit Gonzalez to between 75 and 90 pitches.
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