Hosmer, Hedges power Padres to 4-3 win over Rockies
DENVER — Eric Hosmer and Austin Hedges homered off Tyler Anderson and the San Diego Padres cooled off the surging Colorado Rockies with a 4-3 win on Tuesday night.
The Rockies arrived home after a 5-1 trip that included a four-game sweep of Atlanta.
This had potential trap game written all over it: Colorado’s streak of 46 straight games against teams at or above .500 ended by facing a Padres squad that is hovering at the bottom of the NL. Over the stretch, the Rockies went 30-16 and pulled within a half-game of Arizona in the NL West entering the night.
Asked before the game if he was concerned about a letdown, Rockies manager Bud Black simply responded: “No. No concern.”
The last-place Padres are 6-7 against the Rockies this season. Hedges had the big blow with a solo homer in the sixth, giving San Diego a 4-3 lead.
Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin (3-3) allowed three runs over five innings. He made five scoreless relief appearances against the Rockies earlier this season.
Craig Stammen escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out Trevor Story and getting Carlos Gonzalez to ground out to second baseman Christian Villanueva, who made a nifty sliding play. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his fifth save, with Chris Iannetta flying out to deep left to end the game.
Anderson (6-6) had pinpoint accuracy over 6 1/3 innings — 74 of his 99 pitches were strikes — except for two misplaced cutters. Hosmer hit one for a two-run shot in the first inning and Hedges added his 10th homer of the season.
The left-handed Anderson has now surrendered 26 homers, which is tied for the most in the NL.
Iannetta took a foul tip off his right wrist while catching in the top of the fifth, but remained in the game. In the bottom half, he launched a solo homer to tie the game at 3.
Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (left forearm strain) is scheduled to throw about 65 pitches Friday for Triple-A El Paso. It will be his second rehab start since going on the DL on July 31.
Entering Tuesday, slugger Matt Holliday was hitting .347 with three homers in 14 games for Triple-A Albuquerque. He figures to be on the Rockies’ radar with rosters expanding on Sept. 1.
“I want him to come up. I want him here,” Nolan Arenado said. “He was one of my favorite players growing up. … I know he can definitely be a help.”
Holliday played the first five seasons of his 14-year career with the Rockies. He hit .290 as a rookie in 2004 and helped lead Colorado to its only World Series appearance in 2007.
Padres RHP Jacob Nix (1-1, 6.75 ERA) will make his third career start and first against the Rockies on Wednesday. Colorado has won eight straight games with RHP Jon Gray (9-7, 4.76 ERA) taking the mound.
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