The Colorado Rockies fell out of playoff contention after going 15-38 over the previous two months, but appear intent on finishing the season on a high note. The Rockies have rediscovered their offense this weekend and look to complete a sweep of their three-game series against the visiting San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Daniel Murphy had four hits and four RBIs in Saturday's 11-10 victory while Charlie Blackmon snapped a 22-game homerless streak with a solo shot as the Rockies improved to 5-7 in September. Nolan Arenado extended his on-base streak to 19 games and is batting .409 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs over that stretch. San Diego has allowed an average of 10.4 runs in nine contests at Coors Field this season and reached a boiling point Saturday when manager Andy Green and first baseman Eric Hosmer were ejected for arguing. Manny Machado blasted a three-run homer in the loss while rookie infielder Luis Urias extended his career-long hitting streak to eight games.
TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, FS San Diego, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Cal Quantrill (6-7, 5.12 ERA) vs. Rockies RH Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-6, 6.56)
Quantrill lost his fourth straight start Monday, allowing eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings in a 10-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The 24-year-old rookie has allowed a total of 24 runs and 26 hits over his last three starts covering 13 2/3 innings. "I'm just not pitching very well right now," Quantrill told reporters. "There's no one more frustrated than me. I have to figure out what's going on. I'm not giving the Padres a chance to win and that stinks."
Gonzalez recorded his first major-league victory in nearly four years Tuesday after giving up one run with no walks over six innings against St. Louis. The 27-year-old native of Florida lost his first six decisions but has pitched well in his last two outings, allowing a total of three runs and seven hits over 12 1/3 innings. "He's thrown the ball great the last two outings," manager Bud Black told reporters. "The thing that I've liked is he's kept the same demeanor, the same work ethic in between starts."
1. Colorado has won consecutive series for the first time since recording four straight from May 21-June 2.
2. Padres OF Wil Myers has hit safely in 13 of his past 14 games since Aug. 31, batting .404 with three home runs and 12 RBIs over that span.
3. Colorado RHP Jesus Tinoco recorded his first career save Saturday.
PREDICTION: Rockies 12, Padres 9 Bet Now
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