Rockies chip away at Lucchesi, Padres drop second straight

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SAN DIEGO -- Plagued by injuries and slowed by uncharacteristically sluggish bats, the Colorado Rockies came to San Diego in last place in the National League West.

The Padres insisted that meant even less than their being the current division leaders.

"They're a team that has been in the playoffs the past two years," manager Andy Green said before the game. "They're a team we need to knock off consistently if we want to get to that spot."

The Padres have for some time been the great physician. Our fair city has been where ailing teams come to get well.

This Padres team seems intent on being less hospitable. But Monday night at Petco Park the Rockies continued their recovery with a 5-2 victory.

For just the second time this season, the Padres (11-7) have lost two consecutive games.

A day after stopping an eight-game losing streak in San Francisco, the Rockies (5-12) came south and ended another dubious streak.

Before scoring twice on two hits and a walk off Joey Lucchesi (2-2) in the second inning, the Rockies had not scored in the first two innings of a game this season. Their 16 games without doing so was the longest such streak in major league history.

Lucchesi, who would end up finishing seven innings for the first time in his 30 career starts, allowed just one hit to the 13 batters he faced in a stretch that lasted from the second through the fifth innings.


Franmil Reyes' fourth home run in a span of 21 at-bats halved the Rockies lead in the fourth inning.

But Nolan Arrendo's second home run in two days and second of the season made it 3-1 in the sixth, and Ian Desmond's first homer of the season was part of a two-run seventh.

Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela spread five hits over his 6 2/3 innings in his first start of the season after opening on the injured list due to a blister infection on his right heel.

Wil Myers hit his fourth homer of the season and 100th of his career in the ninth inning. After Austin Hedges doubled and Luis Urias walked, pinch-hitter Ian Kinsler came to the plate as the tying run with two out in the ninth and struck out.

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