SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers put the Padres ahead in the first, and Derek Norris added a go-ahead two-run homer two innings later, as San Diego sealed a series victory over the Rockies with a 4-3 win Saturday night at Petco Park."He's had really good swings," Padres manager Andy Green
SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers put the Padres ahead in the first, and Derek Norris added a go-ahead two-run homer two innings later, as San Diego sealed a series victory over the Rockies with a 4-3 win Saturday night at Petco Park.
"He's had really good swings," Padres manager Andy Green said of Norris. "[He's] determined to get back to who he's always been and I think you're starting to see that a little bit more. … He's on the baseball right now, he's looking good. It's good to see him come to life."
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Myers -- who finished a triple shy of the cycle for the second time in four days -- and Norris led the way with a homer apiece. Starter Andrew Cashner wasn't very efficient, but he was good enough, allowing three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. The bullpen took care of the rest, as Fernando Rodney -- who has now thrown 21 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run -- recorded his first four-out save with the Padres.
Colorado got a big fly from Mark Reynolds in the fourth, after Charlie Blackmon extended his career-high on-base streak to 30 games with a two-run double in the second. But starter Chad Bettis struggled a bit, allowing four runs on 10 hits in five innings. The Rockies, losers of 13 of their last 17, also went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
"I don't know if we're pressing or not, but everybody wants to be that guy to get that hit so bad," Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu said.
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Quack's back: Padres reliever Kevin Quackenbush was recalled Saturday, taking the roster spot vacated by James Shields, who was dealt to the White Sox earlier in the day. Green threw Quackenbush right into the fire, and the right-hander escaped a bases-loaded two-out jam in the sixth by getting Nolan Arenado to bounce to first. An inning later, he'd cap his triumphant return by striking out the side.
"He's a pro, so you appreciate the fact that when he got sent down he went down to work," Green said. "He didn't go down just to bide his time and wait for us to call him again. ... He looked really good out there today."
Not coming through: Since getting to San Diego, Arenado has been calling on the team to play better, calmly and with vigor. But Arenado showed that he's struggling like everyone else when he weakly grounded to first base against Quackenbush to end the sixth. And he wasn't alone. Gerardo Parra grounded into two double plays, and LeMahieu bounced out against Rodney with runners at second and third to end the seventh.
"Charlie got a big hit for us, but after that we couldn't get the timely hit," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We had some opportunities. We had our guys up there. I see guys trying to create some things and trying to put a big swing on one to get a big inning."
June boon: Norris' early season struggles were well documented, but since the calendar turned to June, he's been one of the Padres' best hitters. He launched a two-run second-inning jack into the left-field seats, putting San Diego on top. Norris is now 7-for-15 this month and has raised his average from .179 to .205.
"Everyone goes through a stretch where they struggle in certain months," Norris said. "As good as it would be to get off to a good start, sometimes the years where you get off to the slowest starts are some of your best years." More >
Return of an old friend: Reynolds has gone from a big-power, big-whiff guy to a contact hitter, but the long ball returned with his homer to center to open the fourth. It was Reynolds' third homer of the season and first in 121 plate appearances since April 27.
Hang a star: With one on and one out in the fifth, Alexei Ramirez started a highlight-reel double play, arguably his best of this season -- and he's had quite a few. Parra hit a sharp grounder up the middle, but Ramirez dove and flipped the ball to second with his glove, where Yangervis Solarte turned one out into two.
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After throwing 1 1/3 shutout innings tonight, Rodney has now started the season with 21 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run. That is the longest stretch to start a season for a Padres reliever. If Rodney throws more than 26 innings without allowing an earned run it will be the longest stretch by any San Diego pitcher.
Rockies: Righty Jon Gray, who has won three of his last four starts and is earning high marks for his increasing knowledge and preparation, will start the series finale against the Padres on Sunday at 7:10 p.m. MT.
Padres: After projected starter Shields was traded, the Padres will fashion Sunday's game out of their bullpen. Luis Perdomo was announced the starter shortly after Saturday's game, although Green did say it was likely that fellow reliever Brad Hand would get onto the mound as well. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. PT.
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