DENVER -- After one of the worst series' of the year for the Colorado Rockies in Arizona, the boys in purple returned home to emphatically swept the San Diego Padres at Coors Field.
A 6-3 victory finished off the first series win against a sub .500 team since late July against the Atlanta Braves.
There wasn't much early action apart from an Adam Rosales solo home run in the second in which he sprinted around the bases. But both starting pitchers were cruising early until a huge fourth inning for the Rockies.
It all started -- as it so often does at this ballpark -- with a bloop hit that ended up as a double off the bat of David Dahl. A batter later, Mark Reynolds hit his 14th home run of the season see-sawing the Rockies from down one to up one but his team was not finished.
After Daniel Descalso flew out for the second out of the inning, things got crazy. Tony Wolters singled in what seemed at the time like a good job of turning the lineup over. But Padres pitcher Jarred Cosart -- who came into the inning in complete control having given up only two hits -- became wild. He walked the opposing pitcher, Chad Bettis, with two outs, a cardinal sin in the game of baseball. But it was clear that for whatever reason, Cosart just lost all command when he walked Charlie Blackmon and then DJ LeMahieu to bring in a run.
Jose Dominguez then replaced Cosart but also began with three straight out of the zone (with the bases still loaded) to Carlos Gonzalez before he was forced to throw a fastball over the plate which CarGo lined into center field, scoring two more. Oddly enough, the big inning from the Rockies began and ended with an out from Nolan Arenado, but the damage had been done and the Rockies led 5-1 after coming into the fourth down 1-0.
It was the kind of inning the Rockies have been on the other side of so many timed this season but finally found themselves the beneficiaries of.
There was a scary moment for Colorado in the bottom of the fifth when, with one out, Reynolds was hit by a pitch seemingly near the same place on his hand that cost him 20 days on the DL last month. He was replaced by Gerardo Parra who came around to score on Wolter's second base hit of the afternoon.
We will have an update on Reynolds as soon as that information becomes available.
The Padres got a pair of runs back in the sixth on a double from Wil Myers, meaning that all the damage on the day against Bettis came on two swings. It would end his day, however, and Chris Rusin came in to shut the door on the inning.
Rusin pitched a clean seventh, Boone Logan struck out the side in the eighth and Adam Ottavino struck out a pair on the way to his fifth save of the season.
By the Numbers
34 - With his single in the third inning, DJ LeMahieu extended his on-base streak to 34 games. It is the second longest active streak in MLB this season.
74 - At 74 RBI, Charlie Blackmon currently stands one away from the franchise record for RBI by a leadoff hitter.
Tomorrow, the Rockies welcome in the St. Louis Cardinals for a three-game set. Tyler Anderson takes on Carlos Martinez in Game 1. First pitch at 6:40.