Padres bullpen falters as Rockies avoid sweep
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yonder Alonso hit his 100th career homer during Colorado’s four-run sixth inning and German Márquez pitched eight strong innings for the struggling Rockies, who beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 26 games. They are 13-31 since June 21.
Márquez (11-5) allowed two solo homers but otherwise shut down the Padres. He permitted three runs and five hits, struck out nine and walked two. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth.
Francisco Mejía homered in the second and rookie Josh Naylor connected in the third to give the Padres a 2-0 lead that Alonso erased in the sixth.
Alonso, the brother-in-law of Padres slugger Manny Machado, homered to right with Charlie Blackmon aboard after a leadoff single. It was Alonso’s second tying two-run shot in two games, his 10th homer overall this season and third with the Rockies.
The Rockies added two runs in the ninth off Carl Edwards Jr., who made his Padres debut. Desmond and Tony Wolters hit consecutive RBI singles.
San Diego rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0 for 4 to end his 14-game hitting streak.
Lamet allowed three hits in five-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza fouled a ball off his inner left ankle in the fourth and needed a few minutes to shake it off. He struck out and then left the game. He was replaced by Ian Desmond, who took over in left field while Raimel Tapia moved to center.
The Padres recalled Edwards from Triple-A El Paso and optioned right-hander Gerardo Reyes to their top farm club. Edwards was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for lefty Brad Wieck on July 31.
Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (2-3, 6.87 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a three-game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who counter with RHP Merrill Kelly (7-12, 4.52 ERA).
Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (7-6, 4.19) is scheduled to start Monday night’s opener of a three-game home series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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