On a night where he lowered his already minuscule road ERA to 1.77, Tyler Chatwood also drove in two runs and scored another as the Rockies defeated the Padres 4-1 in San Diego.
The night belonged to the Rockies' righty, as he did 6 2/3 innings of solid work; allowing just one run on a solo homer by Alex Dickerson in the second. Seven other Padres reached base; four got hits and Chatwood walked three, but he didn't allow any of them to cross the plate. He struck out five and threw exactly 100 pitches before being relieved by Jake McGee in the seventh inning.
Chatwood proved just as effective swinging the bat, as his leadoff single in the third inning set the table for Charlie Blackmon's 24th home run of the season, which gave Colorado a 2-1 lead. Then, with two outs in the seventh inning and Mark Reynolds and Daniel Descalso aboard, Chatwood hit a line drive over the head of San Diego right fielder Travis Jankowski, who was playing shallow against the pitcher. Both runners scored easily and the pitcher wound up at third base with the first triple of his career.
Jake McGee, Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino got the last seven outs of the game without allowing a baserunner, and both Logan and Ottavino struck out two. It was a solid win for the Rockies after one of the worst losses of the season, and it moved them to five games under .500 with 21 games left to play.
The third game of the four game series is tomorrow at 6:40 MDT as Jon Gray goes for his tenth win of the season against old friend Christian Friedrich.