After winning the first four games of their current homestand, the Rockies dropped a 7-5 decision to the San Diego Padres.
The Padres got on the board first against Rockies starter Jeff Manship when Yonder Alonso's single brought home Will Venable, who had singled and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts.
San Diego starter Eric Stults had allowed just two earned runs in 16 innings in two starts against the Rockies this season, but did not continue that success into his third start against Colorado as he gave up four runs and five hits in the first inning, the big blow coming via a two-run single from Wilin Rosario. Run-scoring singles by Todd Helton and Charlie Culberson extended the Rockies lead to 4-1 after the opening inning.
However, Manship could not hold the lead in the second, walking Jaff Decker to lead off the inning before giving up a two-run home run to Nick Hundley cutting the Rockies lead to 4-3. After a Ronny Cedeno pop out, Stults singled, Venable tripled, and Alexi Amarista singled to give the Padres a 5-4 lead. Jedd Gyorko extended his team's lead to 6-4 in the third with a solo homer.
The Rockies cut the lead to 6-5 in the fifth when Nolan Arenado tripled and scored on Culberson's sacrifice fly. Charlie Blackmon then singled, chasing Stults from the game, as Bud Black elected to bring in reliever Tim Stauffer to face pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer, who he retired on a weak ground out to first.
Manship and Stults combined to give up 11 earned runs on 19 hits in 9 2/3 innings, walking five and not striking out a batter. The bullpens fared much better, as the only run a reliever allowed came against Adam Ottavino in the sixth courtesy of Venable's RBI single.
The series finale is tomorrow afternoon as Andrew Cashner takes on Jorge De La Rosa in a 1:10 start that will be aired on ROOT Sports.
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