The Colorado Rockies seem to bring out the best in the San Diego Padres’ offense.
Jorge De La Rosa experienced that first-hand.
Looking for another big effort against the veteran left-hander, the Padres try to build on their latest rout of the Rockies on Saturday at Petco Park.
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San Diego (12-12) totaled 25 runs while losing seven of eight before matching its highest-scoring game of the young season with Friday’s 14-3 victory. The Padres, who have taken three of the first five meetings with Colorado and also won 14-3 at Coors Field on April 20, are batting .317 with 58 hits while owning a 40-19 run advantage in those contests.
The Padres have scored 79 runs in their other 19 games.
Justin Upton, Derek Norris and Yonder Alonso each recorded three hits and Yangervis Solarte had four RBIs as the Padres snapped a three-game skid and beat the Rockies (11-11) at Petco for the 11th time in 14 meetings.
Norris is 9 for 19 with six doubles, seven runs and seven RBIs this season versus Colorado, which has been outscored 35-9 during a three-game overall skid and committed four errors Friday.
”It proves that these guys are human beings,” Rockies catcher Nick Hundley said. ”They are so good and so talented and have so much range that when something doesn’t go as planned, it’s just so out of the ordinary that you are so unused to it. But when it shows up and it’s glaring more because the players of that caliber made a mistake.”
De La Rosa (0-1, 11.57 ERA) is 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA in seven starts at Petco, but was tagged for a career-high-tying nine runs plus nine hits in two innings in that April 20 defeat in his season debut after opening on the disabled list with a strained groin.
"His velocity was up, but pitches were up, too," manager Walt Weiss said. "It looked like everything was elevated, fastball and changeups."
He was better last Saturday while giving up two runs and striking out seven in five innings of a 5-4, 11-inning loss to San Francisco.
San Diego’s Jedd Gyorko is batting .135 and is 0 for 11 in his last five games, but 11 for 16 with four doubles versus De La Rosa. Matt Kemp is batting .415 with three homers and five doubles against him and Upton is at .381.
Teammate Brandon Morrow (1-0, 2.67) allowed five runs in six innings of a 7-6 win at Colorado on April 21 in his lone road start. He’s given up three runs on two homers over 21.0 innings to 1-0 in three at Petco. The right-hander bounced back from that rough outing at Coors to yield one run in seven innings of Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It was the first victory since April 9 of last year for Morrow, who appeared in 13 games and missed four months with a hand injury in 2014.
"I feel like I’ve been throwing the ball really well," the right-hander told MLB’s official website. "To give the team a chance to win and log innings, that’s what we’re out there to do. I’m healthy now, so it feels good to go out there and pitch a good ballgame."
Justin Morneau is 3 for 6 against Morrow, but 0 for 8 in the last two games after going 10 for 17 in his previous four.
Nolan Arenado is batting .360 with three homers and five RBIs in his last six versus San Diego.