Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs, and the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies 16-3 on the back of 19 hits on Saturday night, the visitors' second-straight offensive outburst at Coors Field.
It took Jorge De La Rosa 52 pitches to work through the first two innings of the game but he came away unscathed, as did his opponent Drew Pomeranz, and the two clubs entered the third inning in a scoreless tie. At that point, though, the Padres took control thanks to a long solo home run from Matt Kemp on a 2-0 pitch that put the first run on the board in San Diego's favor.
That was all De La Rosa allowed in the third, but the fourth inning would prove troublesome; in it, Cory Spangenberg and Kemp each hit three-run home runs off the Rockies' ace, both over the home team's new fence in right field.
The Rockies fought to get two runs back in the bottom of the fourth. After Nolan Arenado walked, Mark Reynolds doubled to put the Rockies' third baseman on third base. A Ryan Raburn sacrifice fly brought Arenado home, and then a wild pitch during Nick Hundley's at-bat scored Reynolds, and the Rockies tightened the game to a 7-2 deficit.
It remained that way for a full inning, until the top of the sixth when the Padres put up three more runs off Rockies reliever Jason Gurka. Kemp, again, was in the middle of it, slapping a single up the middle with the bases loaded to score two runs. Adam Rosales then hit his own RBI single to bring in the Padres' tenth run of the game.
The Rockies got one back in the bottom of the seventh, when Carlos Gonzalez drove in DJ LeMahieu with an RBI single off Padres reliever Carlos Villanueva.
One bright spot for Colorado late in the game was relief pitcher Miguel Castro; the young reliever tossed two scoreless frames in relief of De La Rosa and Gurka, allowing no base runners across the seventh and eighth innings, striking out four Padres while consistently touching the upper 90s on the radar gun.
The Padres weren't done, though. In the top of the ninth inning, Wil Myers crushed a solo home run off reliever Chad Qualls to make the game 11-3 in San Diego's favor. A twelfth run scored in the ninth after throwing errors by both Trevor Story and Mark Reynolds, putting men on first and second and Travis Jankowski up against Rockies reliever Boone Logan with still just one out in the inning.
After Jankowski walked, a Jon Jay double cleared the bases, giving the Padres 15 runs, and then a single by Christian Bethancourt drove in Jay to make the game 16-3 in favor of the Friars.
This was the first time the Padres scored at least 15 runs in a game since August of 2011.
The Rockies and Padres meet again on Sunday afternoon, with Chad Bettis facing James Shields for San Diego.