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Homers fuel Padres' comeback victory

June 2, 2017

 SAN DIEGO -- The red-hot Padres slugged their way to a fifth straight victory Friday night, using three homers to roar back from an early deficit in an 8-5 victory over the Rockies at Petco Park.Austin Hedges mashed a game-tying two-run homer in the fourth, and Yangervis Solarte put San

 SAN DIEGO -- The red-hot Padres slugged their way to a fifth straight victory Friday night, using three homers to roar back from an early deficit in an 8-5 victory over the Rockies at Petco Park.
Austin Hedges mashed a game-tying two-run homer in the fourth, and Yangervis Solarte put San Diego on top for good with a two-run shot an inning later. William Myers -- no doubt thrilled to be putting his May struggles behind him -- added some insurance in the seventh with a solo blast.
"There's been a lot of guys swinging the bat really well over the last couple weeks," said Myers, who batted .214 last month. "I'd like to join them here a little bit."

Presented a pair of three-run leads, Rockies righty German Marquez simply couldn't keep the Padres' bats in check. He struck out nine, but allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings. Marquez hadn't allowed more than two runs in a start since May 5 and had posted a 1.46 ERA during that span.
"We jumped on them early for the three-spot and tacked on another one -- 4-1, early going of the game," said Rockies manager Bud Black, whose club fell out of first place with the loss. "You usually feel pretty good about it. But the Padres squared some balls up, got back in the game, added on and we couldn't against their 'pen."

Padres lefty Clayton Richard struggled early, allowing three Rockies runs in the third and another in the fourth. But he held them in check from there, doing just enough to pick up the victory over 5 2/3 solid frames.
Rule 5 rookie Allen Cordoba, who has made each of his past seven starts in the leadoff spot, sparked the offense once again with three hits. He fell a homer shy of the cycle, as the Padres recorded their first five-game winning streak since August 2015.

"It's very satisfying when your team picks you up and does everything they need to do to win a game," Richard said afterward. "It's not many times you get in a hole like that and come out on top, so I'm happy with how we performed. It was a very good team win."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bullpen ball: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who finished 3-for-4, opened the seventh inning with a double, and he came around to score on Trevor Story's RBI single. It was the first run allowed by the Padres bullpen in 18 innings, snapping the Majors' longest scoreless streak by a bullpen. Still, lefty Brad Hand escaped that jam by whiffing Tony Wolters, and four Padres relievers combined for seven strikeouts in 3 1/3 frames.

Hedge-hammer: Marquez attempted to barehand a 110 mph chopper off the bat of Franchy Cordero in the bottom of the fourth. It caromed off his hand for an infield single. Marquez remained in the game, but one batter later, he grooved a fastball to Hedges. The Padres backstop launched it over the left-field fence for his 10th dinger of the season.
"It's a little sore right now, but during the course of the game, even after the home run … he punched out the side and he was throwing 96 mph," Black said.

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"In general, you're starting to sense more confidence in the young guys, understanding they can compete with any team in this league. Last week it was the world champs and quite possibly the best team in the National League in Washington. And now [it's] a first-place team in Colorado. We've seen really good clubs, and I think these guys are getting confidence we can play with anybody." -- Padres manager Andy Green
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With 10 long balls, Hedges is halfway to becoming the fourth Padres catcher in history to reach the 20-homer plateau. Mike Piazza owns the club record for a catcher with 22 in 2006. Hedges needed just 56 games to reach 10 dingers, making him the quickest catcher in franchise history to reach double figures.
UPON REVIEW
The Rockies challenged an out call in the fourth against Wolters on an attempted steal of third on a double-steal with Charlie Blackmon. But a replay review determined the call would stand.

WHAT'S NEXT
Rockies:Tyler Chatwood (4-7, 5.04 ERA) returns to the road, where he is 2-3 with a 3.06 ERA as opposed to 0-2 and 7.59 at home, to face the Padres at Petco Park on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. MT.
Padres:Jhoulys Chacin spent 10 years in the Rockies organization. He's never faced them. On Saturday, the veteran right-hander finally gets that chance. Chacin, who owns a 0.67 ERA at home this season, will start Game 2 of the series, with first pitch slated for 1:10 p.m. PT.
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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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