Rockies Bats Come Alive In Win Over Padres
DENVER (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki broke out of a slump with a solo homer and two singles to help the Colorado Rockies hold off hot-hitting Cameron Maybin and the San Diego Padres 12-7 on Friday night.
The Rockies’ stagnant offense belted out a season-high 16 hits and scored its most runs of the year as they moved percentage points ahead of San Francisco for first place in the NL West.
Their outburst at the plate helped offset quite a night by Maybin, who finished 4 for 4 with two homers and three RBIs. It was the first multihomer game of his career and second straight contest in which he’s had four hits.
Jorge De La Rosa (5-1) was erratic but effective enough to earn his first win this month. The hard-throwing lefty lasted 5 2-3 innings, giving up five runs and a season-high nine hits. He struck out three and walked three.
De La Rosa also helped himself at the plate, driving in a run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth.
The Rockies used four relievers to finish out the game with Huston Street pitching a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.
Colorado scored three runs in the eighth to break the game open.
The heart of the Rockies’ order — Carlos Gonzalez, Tulowitzki and Todd Helton — did the bulk of the damage as the trio combined for six hits, six runs and five RBIs. Gonzalez had a triple and two stolen bases, while Helton added a double.
Helton left soon after scoring a run in the sixth due to tightness in his left calf. Ty Wigginton slid over from third to first and Jose Lopez took over the hot corner.
Tulowitzki had his first multihit game since April 26. He finished 3 for 5.
Fresh off a 23-hit performance Wednesday in Milwaukee, the Padres had 11 against the Rockies. Maybin hit a solo homer in the second and a two-run shot in the seventh that drew the Padres to 9-7.
Maybin is the first Padres player to have two straight four-hit games since Reggie Sanders in July 1999 at Coors Field.
Dustin Moseley (1-5) had a rough first appearance at Coors Field, surrendering six runs and nine hits in just four innings, his shortest outing of the season.
The righty entered the contest with the top road ERA in the majors, too, a mark that soared from 0.68 to 2.35.
Moseley never settled into a groove after giving up three runs in a 40-pitch first inning. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fourth inning.
He did show his dexterity by gloving a hard liner that was headed right at his face, the momentum knocking him to the dirt.
Before the game, Wigginton was activated off the disabled list after being bothered by a strained oblique since late April.
Wigginton went 1 for 5 with a double in his return to the lineup.
To make room on the roster, the Rockies sent struggling infielder Ian Stewart to Triple-A Colorado Springs to work on his swing. Stewart was hitting .064 in 21 games with Colorado this season.
“This was hard for me, seeing the average up there on the scoreboard every day and feeling pressure to get a hit every time I was up,” Stewart said. “I’m just going to try to go down there and have fun. See what happens.”
NOTES: Padres 2B Orlando Hudson (strained right hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tucson. Manager Bud Black said Hudson will join the Padres in Phoenix on Tuesday and could continue his rehab assignment at high Class-A Lake Elsinore before he is eligible to be reinstated Thursday. … OF Dexter Fowler (bruised left knee) didn’t start for a second straight game. He came off the bench in the eighth and delivered an insurance run with a bloop single to left that scored Gonzalez.
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