SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies gave the Padres an inch when shortstop Cristhian Adames booted Jon Jay's third-inning grounder. The Padres took a mile -- or seven unearned runs, to be more specific.
Six straight Friars reached base following Adames' error, as the floodgates opened for San Diego in a 14-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday night at Petco Park. Ryan Schimpf delivered the game's biggest blow, a three-run homer into the beach area in right-center field.
"Sometimes guys make an error behind you and we talk about picking each other up," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. "You've got to pick that guy up."
Catcher Derek Norris would tack on a two-run shot in the eighth. For Norris -- who later left the game after taking a foul ball off his shoulder -- it was his first big fly since July 10. Travis Jankowski, Alex Dickerson and Yangervis Solarte added two hits apiece as the Padres tied their largest margin of victory ever in a game against the Rockies.
That was plenty of support for Padres starter Clayton Richard, who was masterful once again. The veteran left-hander tossed seven scoreless frames and has allowed just three earned runs in five starts since joining the rotation a month ago.
"Everybody was really clicking [on offense], and Clayton threw a great game today," Schimpf said. "It really came together all around."
Meanwhile, Rockies rookie Jeff Hoffman was hit hard -- despite the fact that he didn't allow a single earned run. The Padres dropped seven on the righty following the error, before he was removed with two outs in the third.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Power play: With his three-run homer, Schimpf continued the remarkable pace at which he's racking up extra-base hits this season. He has recorded 49 hits, and only 12 singles. With 18 homers, Schimpf is six shy of tying Nate Colbert for the Padres' rookie record and five shy of tying the single-season mark for a Padres second baseman set by Jedd Gyorko.
"It's a great story," Jay said. "He's a guy that really battled through the Minor Leagues. He's been awesome. You see him in the dugout after every inning -- he wants to get better. He's asking questions. ... That's what you want to see out of the younger guys, and it's great to see." More >
You win some, you lose some: One night after winning the game for the Rockies with a pinch-hit walk-off double, Adames' third-inning error on a 100-mph grounder (per Statcast™) from Jay proved costly. His misplay allowed San Diego to get on the board and put up seven unearned runs with two outs, and wound up ending Hoffman's night on the mound.
"I just think a couple pitches leaked back over the plate and found barrels," Hoffman said. "The error doesn't mean anything. That stuff happens, you just gotta go out and make the next pitch and get out of it." More >
Lucky seven: The Padres' seven-run third tied a season high for runs in a inning. It also marked the second time in franchise history that San Diego has scored seven unearned runs in a single frame. The Friars did so on May 30, 1994, against the Pirates, when Tony Gwynn drove in three unearned runs with a bases-clearing double, before Craig Shipley tacked on a grand slam.
"You have to have the mentality that one isn't enough, two isn't enough, three isn't enough and keep on going," Jay said. "That's what we've got to do as a team, going forward. If you've got a team down, keep them down. That was big for us."
It's all Dahl:David Dahl continued the torrid start to his Major League career, tallying a team-high three hits to improve his season average to .335. Since his first game on July 25, the 22-year-old outfielder has hit six home runs, eight doubles and three triples with the second-highest BABIP of any rookie batter with at least 30 plate appearances.
"He's one of those guys that works harder than everybody. I've learned not to count those types of people out." -- Padres manager Andy Green, on Richard
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Schimpf became the fastest player in Padres history to reach 18 home runs when he did so in his 69th career game. Gyorko -- who was dealt to St. Louis during the offseason -- had previously held that record. He didn't hit his 18th homer until his 107th game.
WHAT'S NEXT Rockies: On Friday at 8:40 p.m. MT, Tyler Chatwood will look to bounce back from his five-run outing vs. the D-backs on Saturday, which was his first start since returning from the disabled list after dealing with an upper back strain. The 26-year-old has been plagued by the long ball of late, but his HR/FB ratio on the road (3.9 percent) is significantly better than his mark in Coors Field (17.6 percent).
Padres:Luis Perdomo was roughed up in his most recent start, and he'll be looking to get back on track Friday in the second game of a four-game set. First pitch is slated for 7:40 p.m. PT. Among pitchers with at least 100 innings this season, Perdomo's 60-percent ground-ball rate is the best in the National League.