Jorge De La Rosa gave up three runs on a pair of home runs in the first inning and the Rockies were never able to recover in a 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
After retiring the first two hitters in the bottom of the first, De La Rosa served up the first of three Padres' homers on the night to right fielder Matt Kemp, giving San Diego a 1-0 lead. Left fielder Justin Upton then reached on catcher's interference (catcher's interference, really?) before second baseman Jedd Gyorko slugged a two-run shot to center, putting the Padres up 3-0 after an inning of play.
The three runs were all De La Rosa would allow in five innings of work, thanks in part to this piece of defensive wizardry by Troy Tulowitzki in the third:
The Rockies finally got on the board in the fifth after missing some run-scoring opportunities in the early innings. Charlie Blackmon hit his 12th home run of the season leading off the inning against Padres starter James Shields, cutting the Rockies' deficit to 3-1. It was Blackmon's fourth home run at Petco Park in 2015.
The Rockies' second run came in a bit of an unorthodox manner in the seventh. With runners on the corners and one out in the inning with Tulowitzki at the plate, Blackmon stole second and Padres catcher Derek Norris threw the ball into center field, allowing Brandon Barnes, the runner on third, to score, putting the Rockies down by just one at 3-2.
However, the only other run that would score in the game came in the Padres' half of the eighth on a solo home run by Upton against Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt.
The Rockies will look to bounce back tomorrow with Chad Bettis on the mound at 6:40 p.m. Mountain time.
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