When eight of the Padres' starting nine record at least one hit in a single game, it tends to suggest that the offense did a pretty good job that day. Such was the case on Sunday as the Swinging Friars pounded out 15 hits, including four roundtrippers, in a 10-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Starter James Shields pitched marvelously in his first six innings against the Rox as he allowed only one run on one hit -- a leadoff home run from Charlie Blackmon in the first inning -- and two walks. Overall, Shields finished the day surrendering four runs on two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Nonetheless, Shields' 111-pitch performance was good enough for his 13th win of 2015.
The Padres needed only a few relievers on Sunday in contrast to the five used in Saturday's contest. Pitchers Bud Norris, Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel combined to pitch 2 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball while also recording just two hits and six strikeouts. Benoit and Kimbrel each struck out the side.
The four Padres home runs -- courtesy of Yangervis Solarte, Matt Kemp, Jedd Gyorko and Cory Spangenberg -- accounted for half of San Diego's score at the end of the day. Solarte plated a pair of runs in the first inning to raise his season total to 59 RBIs. Kemp raised his total to 98 RBIs after going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two doubles.
Outfielder Justin Upton also had a big day at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored with two doubles. Upton reached the 80-RBI plateau, while catcher Derek Norris posted an RBI after going 2-for-5. Rookie Travis Jankowski also contributed to San Diego's run production with a clutch two-out single in the second inning for his sixth RBI of his career. Overall, the team as a whole went 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
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