Rosario has big night in Rockies win
SAN DIEGO -- Remember when the Rockies swung big bats at home but seemed to carry mere twigs when they traveled? That is so last year.
Wilin Rosario and Michael Cuddyer smashed two-run homers into the upper deck in left field at supposedly pitcher-friendly Petco Park to lead the Rockies to a 9-5 victory over the Padres on Saturday. Colorado will go for a sweep of the three-game set, which would be its second sweep of the Padres this season, on Sunday afternoon.
Last year, the Rockies lost a club-record 98 games and were especially futile on the road, where they scored 272 runs -- 214 fewer than they scored at home. But this year's Rockies (7-4) are traveling powerfully. Rosario's fourth homer, off Edinson Volquez (0-3) for a 3-1 lead in the second, and Cuddyer's third, off Thad Weber in the fourth for an 8-2 advantage, raised the Rockies' road homer total to a Majors-leading 20.
The Rockies also lead the National League in road runs with 43, and they're 4-4 away from Coors Field. The team's history has shown that if it produces its normal offense at home, a road record at or near .500 is good enough for contention. Yes, the Padres (2-9) trotted out a lineup without Carlos Quentin (given a break two days after his fight with Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke) and Cameron Maybin (working through swing issues), and Volquez's mechanical problems led to a 3 1/3-inning, seven-run (six earned) mess and an 11.68 ERA in three starts. But such opponents have tripped the Rockies before.
Rosario went 4-for-5 (his first four-hit game) with three RBIs, Troy Tulowitzki drove in two runs, on a first-inning double and a sixth-inning sacrifice fly, and Carlos Gonzalez had three hits with one RBI. Winning pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (2-0) labored through five innings and gave up two runs on four hits, with two walks.
Rockies reliever Edgmer Escalona gave up solo homers to Will Venable and Everth Cabrera, who finished a double shy of the cycle, in the seventh.
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