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Rockies rally in sixth inning to top Padres

Jul 14, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Garrett Hampson (1) makes a throw to first for an out in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Randal Grichuk doubled twice and drove in three runs, C.J. Cron and Yonathan Daza had two hits apiece and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-5 in Denver on Thursday.

Jhoulys Chacin (4-2) tossed two innings of scoreless relief and Carlos Estevez worked the ninth for his first save.

The Rockies took advantage of Nabil Crismatt (5-2) in the sixth to break a 5-5 tie. Connor Joe walked, stole second and scored on Jose Iglesias’ double. Cron had an RBI single, and after Brendan Rodgers singled, Grichuk doubled off Luis Garcia to make it 8-5.

Trent Grisham homered and Manny Machado and Jorge Alfaro had two hits apiece for San Diego, which is 1-6 in Denver this season.

Cron got things rolling for Colorado in the second inning when he led off with a double to right field. Rodgers walked and Grichuk hit a slow roller past first base for a two-run double and a 2-0 lead.

Grichuk went to third on Daza’s flyout and two walks loaded the bases. Joe hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring home another run.

The Padres answered in the third inning. Esteury Ruiz led off with a double and stole third, and Grisham followed with a walk and stole second. Ruiz scored on a sacrifice fly by Ha-Seong Kim while Grisham advanced to third on the play.

He then scored on Jake Cronenworth’s sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-2.

San Diego starter Blake Snell ran into control issues in the fourth. With two outs and a runner on, he gave up a single to Garrett Hampson and three straight walks to bring in two and put Colorado ahead 5-2.

Snell allowed five runs on four hits, walked six and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings.

The Padres got even off starter Kyle Freeland in the fifth. Grisham led off with a home run. Kim doubled and came home on Cronenworth’s single. Chacin relieved Freeland and gave up an RBI single to Alfaro to tie the game.

Freeland allowed five runs on six hits in four-plus innings.

–Field Level Media