Boone Logan (2-3, 5.87) served-up a 2-run homer to Yangervis Solarte in the 7th inning, and the San Diego Padres’ bullpen struck-out 7 straight Colorado Rockies to close things out, as the Padres held-on to defeat the Rockies Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, 4-3.
Jordan Lyles started for Colorado, his second outing since returning from a 2-month stint on the Disabled List. Lyles walked Will Venable leading-off the game, erased him on a double-play grounder from Solarte, then walked Seth Smith and Yonder Alonso before striking-out Jedd Gyorko to get out of the 1st. Lyles retired the next 7 Padres’ hitters, but Alonso got him with a blast into the right-field stands in the 4th, then Gyorko singled, and when Yasmani Grandal doubled, Rockies’ center-fielder Drew Stubbs and 2nd-baseman DJ LeMahieu combined for a relay to catcher Wilin Rosario, nailing Gyorko at the plate. After hitting Rymer Liriano on a disputed call, Lyles got Alexi Amarista to ground to LeMahieu for the 3rd out.
Colorado grabbed the lead in the sixth when Justin Morneau led-off with a single, Nolan Arenado moved him to 3rd with a base hit, and Corey Dickerson lifted a 3-run home run into right field. San Diego got one back in the bottom of the inning on Alonso and Gyorko singles and a Liriano sacrifice fly off Matt Belisle, who came-on for Lyles after Alonso’s single.
The Rockies went in-order in the 7th against Nick Vincent, who relieved Padres’ starter Jesse Hahn after the Dickerson homer. Stubbs struck-out looking on 4 pitches to end it. Logan came-on to open the 7th for Colorado, and quick as you can say “Jack Robinson,” pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte doubled to center, moved to 3rd on a Venable sacrifice and scored when Solarte drove a 2-run shot into the seats in left field.
Kevin Quackenbush struck-out Morneau, Arenado, and Dickerson in the 8th and Joaquin Benoit did the same to Rosario, Josh Rutledge, and Ben Paulsen in the 9th, and it was over, the Rockies’ third loss in 4 games on their current 6-game road trip.
Yohan Flande will try again for his first MLB win at 8:10 MDT when Colorado and San Diego tee it up again at Petco. Odrisamer Despaigne, a right-hander, will oppose Flande. Despaigne will be making his ninth start for the Padres after moving from AA San Antonio to AAA El Paso earlier in the season.