The weather at the ballpark this evening was the hottest nighttime start Petco Park had ever seen, but the Padres offense had the heat to match it. They scored 11 runs on 18 hits with 2 homers and 5 doubles. James Shields didn't have a great night on the mound, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in his 6 innings, but even he joined in on the offensive fun by drawing a bases loaded walk.
Colorado got an early lead thanks to some messy work by Shields in the first. Big Game James started the game by letting Charlie Blackmon reach first on an error, and he made it worse by walking Jose Reyes on four straight balls. Carlos Gonzalez followed that up by hitting a single to left, but Blackmon misjudged Justin Upton, who gunned him down at home. They still picked up two runs on a pair of two-out singles from Justin Morneau and DJ LeMahieu. The Padres got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first on Matt Kemp's 20th homer of the year. They tied it up in the second thanks to some seriously awful pitching by Rockies starter Chris Rustin. Derek Norris hit a single and Melvin Upton Jr. followed up with a double to put runners on second and third with one out. Cory Spangenberg took one for the team, which loaded the bases for Shields's RBI walk.
The Friars took a decisive lead in the third when Yangervis Solarte and Matt Kemp led off with back to back singles, setting Jedd Gyorko up for his three-run homer. They picked up another run when Norris and Upton Jr. hit back-to-back doubles. Colorado made a brief show at a comeback in the fourth when Dustin Garneau hit a two-run homer, but the Padres pitchers shut them out for the last five innings. There was also the matter of the five more runs the good guys added in the sixth and seventh innings.
In the sixth, Cory Spangenberg, Alex Dickerson, Wil Myers, and Yangervis Solarte hit four consecutive singles, with Myers scoring the third run of the inning on a ground out. The last two runs came on a two-out rally in the seventh. Clint Barmes got it started with a double, and Myers and Solarte followed up with a pair of singles to make it 11-4.
Tyson Ross starts tomorrow's rainout makeup game at 12:40.
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