The Rockies only had five hits today, but four of them were enough to put them ahead of the Padres in the hottest game in Petco Park history. It was 93 degrees and humid for the game that was rescheduled for rain, and it seemed to help the ball carry as Colorado hit four solo homers to put them on top. The Padres scraped together one homer and a couple other runs, but it wasn't enough for the win.
Nolan Arenado took Tyson Ross deep to left field in the first inning, and that score held until the bottom of the fourth, when Matt Kemp responded with a solo shot of his own. Derek Norris and Yangervis Solarte followed with back-to-back singles, and then Melvin Upton Jr. drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Unfortunately, they only managed one run out of that, as Ross hit a sacrifice fly to help his own cause. They faced a similar situation in the fifth inning. Wil Myers and Jedd Gyorko led off with a pair of singles, and then Kemp drew a walk. Norris brought Myers home on another sac fly, but Solarte followed that by grounding into an inning-ending double play.
Corey Dickerson narrowed the gap with a bomb to right in the sixth, ending Ross's streak of 45 games without allowing more than one homer. Carlos Gonzalez hit another in the seventh, ending Ross's night and sending him home without a decision. One more blast from Daniel Descalso off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth ended the game.
The Padres are heading out on a 9-game road trip, with Andrew Cashner starting in San Francisco at 7:15 tomorrow evening.
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