Continued home success against the Colorado Rockies has San Diego feeling confident.
The Padres will try to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Rockies, who look to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat Sunday.
San Diego (13-12) dropped seven of eight and was fresh from being swept in a three-game home set by surging Houston before taking the first two against Colorado. One night after breaking out for their second 14-3 win over the Rockies (11-12) this season, the Padres received six solid innings from Brandon Morrow and two RBIs from Justin Upton in Saturday’s 4-2 victory.
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”That was a good team win,” Padres manager Bud Black said.
"These are the types of games you have to win."
San Diego has won four of the first six meetings this season with the Rockies, who have hit .218 and averaged 2.4 runs while losing 12 of their last 15 at Petco Park.
Upton is 4 for 8 with four RBIs in the series while Derek Norris is 11 for 23 with seven doubles versus Colorado this season.
James Shields (2-0, 2.90 ERA) has enjoyed a strong start to his Padres’ tenure, lasting at least six innings in each of his five starts and ranking among the major league leaders with 41 strikeouts.
The right-hander allowed one earned run, fanned 12 and walked one over six innings of a 9-4 home loss to Houston on Monday. That came five days after he yielded a homer to Corey Dickerson and two other runs over six in a 5-4 loss at Coors Field.
Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez are a combined 10 for 19 with three home runs versus Shields, but 3 for 13 in this set.
Colorado’s Kyle Kendrick (1-3, 8.36) went seven strong innings to begin his Colorado career with a 10-0 victory at Milwaukee on April 6, but is 0-3 with an 11.14 ERA in four starts since. He allowed eight runs for the second time in 2015, along with 10 hits, including two more homers, in 4 1-3 innings of Tuesday’s 12-5 loss at Arizona.
After giving up 25 home runs with Philadelphia in 2014, the right-hander has yielded eight in 2015.
He gave up solo homers to Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte and two other runs over seven innings while not factoring in the decision in the victory that came opposite Shields last month.
Upton is batting .308 with two home runs versus Kendrick, who was moved up a day to give Tyler Matzek some extra rest after the left-hander left his previous start due to cramping in his left hamstring.
Colorado held a 30-9 run advantage while winning its first six road contests, but has been outscored 63-22 in losing seven of its last eight away from home. The Rockies already lost five in a row overall from April 17-21.
"We need to continue to expect to win," catcher Nick Hundley told MLB’s official website. "Not saying that we aren’t, but if our mindset on a daily basis is to expect to be better than the team that we are playing, we’ll be in really good shape."