Jordan Lyles looked stellar for the Rockies in his fourth start of the season. The righty faced the minimum nine batters through the first three frames in his 2-1 win over the Padres. The Rockies and Padres split the series 2-2.
The Rockies got on the board in an ugly first inning for Padres starter Tyson Ross, two walks and an infield hit loaded the bases for Daniel Descalso who drew a walk to score Corey Dickerson. Drew Stubbs would strikeout to end the inning, his tenth of the season.
The Rockies would load the bases again in the bottom of the third, but would not score.
San Diego’s only run in the game came in the fourth inning. Matt Kemp hit a two out single, followed by Lyles’ first walk of the game, a free base for Yangervis Solarte. Yonder Alonso -- who was 3-3 in today’s game -- shot a single into left field, scoring Matt Kemp on a poor throw from Corey Dickerson.
Dickerson put the Rockies back on top in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to right field, his fifth of the year and thirteenth RBI. Dickerson has three home runs in two days.
Tyson Ross was done after five, giving up two runs on six hits, four walks and seven strikeouts. Brandon Maurer pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning for the Padres.
Walt Weiss turned to his bullpen after 6 2/3 inning of one-run ball from Jordan Lyles. Lyles allowed six hits, with four strikeouts and only two walks. He improves to 2-1 on the season with a 2.92 ERA.
Scott Oberg finished off the inning with a strikeout of Justin Upton.
Rafael Betancourt came in with Carlos Gonzalez in the double switch to work the top of the eighth. A two out double from Cory Spangenberg made things interesting for the veteran reliever, but got the dramatic pop-out of Rockie-killer Matt Kemp to end the inning.
Rafael Ynoa hit a pinch hit double off of the lefty reliever Chris Rearick to open the bottom of the eighth, his first extra-base hit of the year. He would advance to third on a sacrifice bunt by Drew Stubbs. Rearick would be replaced by monday night's starter, Odrisamer Despaigne who issued a full count walk to LeMahieu, but got a seventh pitch ground out from Charlie Blackmon to end the frame. A loud threat from the Rockies, but they would not add any insurance.
John Axford came on to close for the Rockies in his second appearance since coming off of the restricted list. Axford walked Yonder Alonso with two outs, but closes the door on the Padres with a strikeout of Alexi Amarista, earning his second save of the year.
Dickerson, Arenado and Hundley each logged two hits. Drew Stubbs went 0-2 with a walk, he is now 0-17 on the year.
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More NL West action starts tomorrow as the Rockies host a weekend set against the San Francisco Giants, opening with a battle of two rookies: Chris Heston and Eddie Butler. Game time is set for 6:40pm MT.