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Rockies 8, Padres 3: Rox avoid sweep

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A big sixth inning supported a brilliant German Márquez start

The Rockies beat the Padres 8-3 Sunday afternoon, salvaging a win on on otherwise rough six-game road trip.

Márquez outstanding

German Márquez pitched a gem, reminding everyone that, yes, he is capable of being a top of the rotation starter on a competitive team. Márquez gave up five hits and three runs over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked two.

Márquez lowered his season ERA to 4.75 and his FIP to 3.97. He’s one of the big reasons to keep tuning in to Rockies games over the next six weeks.

Rockies’ big 6th inning

Down 2-0 heading into the sixth, the Rockies sent nine batters to the plate and left the inning with the lead. Charlie Blackmon started it off with a single, and Yonder Alonso then hit a two-run home run to tie the game 2-2. That was Alonos’s third home run as a member of the Rockies. Ryan McMahon later doubled, and Ian Desmond drove him home with a single. Desmond eventually came around to score off of a single by German Márquez. The Padres went through three pitchers in the inning.

The Rockies padded their lead with two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth.

Up next

The Rockies begin a six-game home stand Monday that will see them play the Diamondbacks and Marlins. The D-backs are the first visitors. Monday’s game is set to start at 6:40 MT, with Peter Lambert starting against Merrill Kelly.