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Friars comeback falls short in 4-3 loss to Rockies

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MLB: San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Cronenworth rocketed a double into deep left field to spur on three-straight runs by the Padres to tie last night’s contest at 3-3 before Rockies 1B Daniel Murphy recorded a walk-off single in the ninth to down San Diego 4-3 on Saturday night.

SS Trevor Story recorded a base hit in the third to give the Rockies an early 1-0 lead, and then Colorado tacked on another pair of runs in the seventh to push their lead to 3-0 thanks to singles by both 2B Garrett Hampson and LF Raimel Tapia.

During the Padres next at-bat, Cronenworth’s two-run double was followed by a Wil Myers base-hit RBI to even things at 3-3.

Both teams combined for 23 hits on the night, with the Rockies edging the Padres 12-11. With that many hits, one would usually expect to see a higher score, but both teams failed to capitalize on a number of opening-inning singles throughout the night.

Starting pitcher Michel Baez pitched just a pair of innings and finished with four hits allowed, a single earned run, and struck out three. Rookie Luis Patino also pitched a pair and record three Ks of his own. Craig Stammen recorded the loss.

Nine Padrea recorded at least one hit last night, with Cronenworth and Luis Torrens recording two apiece.

Game three of four is scheduled for 12:10pm this afternoon. Chris Paddack (2-3) is back on the mound against Colorado’s Ryan Castellani (1-1).