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Quantrill’s gem lifts Padres over Rockies

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Tatis Jr. reaches base three times, drives home two

MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres defeated the Rockies Friday night by a score of 7-1 at Petco Park.

Starter Cal Quantrill, who came into the game sporting a 1.36 ERA over his last four outings, continued his brilliant stretch by scattering five hits over seven scoreless innings while punching out five and walking none. He has now gone 13 consecutive innings without allowing a walk.

Offensively, the big blow in the game came from, you guessed it, Fernando Tatis Jr., who plated Manuel Margot and Luis Urías on an RBI double in the third. He also walked twice and stole two bases in the ballgame, and now finds himself just four steals away from posting the first 20-20 season by a rookie shortstop since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997.

Elsewhere in the lineup, rookies Francisco Mejía and the aforementioned Urías both notched two-hit nights. Since July 29, Urías is 9 for his last 25 (.360 BA).

In the eighth, Josh Naylor launched a three-run, pinch-hit blast over the T-Mobile Home Run Deck in right field, his fifth of the year.

After struggling mightily for much of the latter half of July, Trey Wingenter put together his third consecutive scoreless frame, lowering his ERA to 4.35 on the season. The recently recalled Gerardo Reyes initially got the ninth, but proceeded to put two runners on via the free pass and was lifted for Luis Perdomo. Perdomo did a good enough job cleaning up the mess and secured the Padres’ 54th victory of the season.

It was the second win in a row and the third in four nights for the Friars, who now hold a towering 3.5 game advantage over Colorado for fourth-place honors in the NL West.

It’ll be #PaddackDay Saturday evening as the Padres look to take the series in the third game of the four-game weekend set. The Rockies will send (elite name alert!) Chi Chi Gonzalez to the hill to end their four-game skid. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 pm.