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Colorado Rockies pitching falters in 9-5 loss to Padres

Matt Kemp hit for the cycle and San Diego hit three home runs as a team, winning the series opener.

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After the Rockies bats struggled in a four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets, the pitching struggled tonight in an 9-5 loss to the San Diego Padres.

San Diego's offense got off to a quick start against Rockies starter Yohan Flande, as Derek Norris singled and then scored on Matt Kemp's two-run home run, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. San Diego plated a third run in the frame when Jedd Gyorko doubled home Justin Upton.

The Rockies struck back in the bottom of the first against Padres starter Tyson Ross when Nolan Arenado matched Kemp with a two-run home run of his own, cutting the Rockies' deficit to 3-2.

Colorado tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Barnes that scored Nick Hundley, who had tripled.

However, San Diego took the lead back on its second home run of the night, a solo shot from Norris that made the game 4-3 in the Padres' favor.

The Rockies tied the game again in the bottom of the sixth when Barnes drove in another run as his fly ball inexplicably fell between Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr. for a triple, scoring DJ LeMahieu to tie the game, 4-4.

Flande left the game after six innings of  work and Rockies relievers Ken Roberts and Rafael Betancourt combined to allow four runs in the seventh including a three-run home run for Gyorko that gave the Padres an 8-4 lead they would not relinquish.

Each team got a run late to bring the game to its 9-5 total. San Diego's final run came on a triple by Kemp that completed the cycle for the Padres' right fielder.

The Rockies will look to even the series tomorrow with Jon Gray on the mound against Andrew Cashner, first pitch is at 6:10 p.m. Mountain time.

Source: FanGraphs
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