Offense Explodes, Colorado Rockies Win 10-2 Over San Diego Padres
Sep 18, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman J. Morneau (33) triples in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Padres 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres met for the second game in their three-game set on Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver.
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The Colorado Rockies put up eight runs in the first four innings and ran away with the game from the start, defeating the San Diego Padres 10-2 at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday night.
Christian Bergman (3-0) earned the win in relief for the club, after he came on in the third inning when starter Yohan Flande was removed from the game when he was hit by a line drive.
Flande ended up allowing a run in 2.2 innings pitched and earned a no-decision, while Bergman gave the Rockies 3.1 innings of solid relief, allowing just a run on three hits and no walks, en route to his third win of the year.
The story, though, was the Rockies’ offense. The club exploded for four runs in the first inning off Padres’ starter Robbie Erlin, getting RBI singles from Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, and Tom Murphy — the first hit of his Major League career — as well as a fourth run scoring on DJ LeMahieu‘s double play groundout to take a 4-0 lead after one.
The Rockies would extend that lead in the second when Arenado hit another RBI single, scoring Charlie Blackmon.
After the Padres scored a run in the top of the third and Flande was removed from the game with the injury to his left knee on the comebacker, the Rockies would answer back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Again, the single was the culprit, with Blackmon and Wilin Rosario knocking RBI singles, sandwiched around CarGo’s sacrifice fly that made the game 8-1 in favor of the Rockies.
In the bottom of the fifth, Tom Murphy hit his first Major League home run — a solo shot off Marcos Mateo — to make the game 9-1.
After the Padres mercifully tacked on a second run, the Rockies wrapped up their scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning on an RBI double from LeMahieu.
All told, the Rockies collected 18 hits on the night, highlighted by Blackmon’s 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Arenado’s 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and Tom Murphy’s huge night: 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs to his name.
The Padres and Rockies meet again Sunday afternoon at 2:10 pm MT for the final game in their series.