Rockies' offense weaves together big night

Rockies' offense weaves together big night

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Desmond led the charge as the Rockies rolled to an 11-3 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night at Petco Park. In his third game back from injury, Desmond homered twice and finished 3-for-5, while Charlie Blackmon and Dustin Garneau notched two hits and two runs apiece.

The Rockies, who traditionally struggle on the road but are 10-5 in 2017, had fanned 57 times over their previous four games, but they racked up 14 hits Wednesday.

"It was good to see," said Rockies manager Bud Black, who picked up his first win in San Diego as the visiting manager. "We spread it around a little bit. That was one of the first games all year that was in hand pretty early. I think there are going to be more."

Arenado's RBI double

After missing the Rockies' first 25 games with a fractured left hand, Desmond had a breakout in his third appearance.

"These guys hit here, and you don't want to be the outlier," Desmond said.

LeMahieu's second RBI single

The Rockies used a complete offensive effort to pound the Padres, who didn't help themselves much on the defensive side. San Diego was done in by three errors and five unearned runs, all of which went on starter Jered Weaver's line. The veteran right-hander allowed a career-high 10 runs (five earned) on 10 hits over four-plus innings.

"You've just got to move on and try to pick your guys up," Weaver said. "Errors are going to happen throughout the course of the season, obviously. It starts with me, first and foremost. It was a battle today. The errors didn't help, but I take full blame for what happened today."

Rockies righty Antonio Senzatela was much more effective. On the same day he took home National League Rookie of the Month honors for April, Senzatela limited the Padres to two earned runs on six hits over six innings.

Now, that's a first: Each of the first three Rockies reached base, and two of them had scored by the time Desmond strolled to the plate in the top of the first. Weaver grooved a changeup over the heart of the plate, and Desmond deposited it eight rows back in the left-field seats. It was Desmond's first homer since signing a five-year deal with Colorado during the offseason. More >

Desmond's first homer of 2017

Make 'em earn it: The Rockies put the game out of reach with three unearned runs in the top of the fourth. With runners on first and third, Blackmon hit a chopper to first that bounced through Wil Myers. Right fielder Hunter Renfroe retrieved the ball and fired to second base, where no one was covering -- further accentuating an already ugly play. Both runners scored, and Blackmon reached third. He would come across one batter later on Nolan Arenado's sacrifice fly.

Two Rockies score on errors

"That's just awareness, that's experience, that's understanding you've got to pick up your target before you turn and fire," Padres manager Andy Green said of Renfroe's throw. "It's a great arm. He's going to throw a lot of guys out before it's all said and done. Today, he just threw to a bag that nobody was standing there." More >

"That was big for us, seeing [Weaver for] the first time [on April 11 in a 4-2 Rockies victory in Denver]. I don't think any of us had really seen him. He left some pitches up, and we took advantage of his mistakes, for sure." -- DJ LeMahieu, on Weaver

"I feel like people are starting to sit out over, so I need to be more effective with throwing strikes inside. I haven't been able to do that. It's an adjustment I'm going to have to make and go from there." -- Weaver

Erick Aybar smashed a solo shot into the right-field seats off Senzatela in the top of the fifth. In doing so, San Diego extended its home run streak to 14 games.

Last year, the Padres tied a National League record by going deep in 25 consecutive games. They finished the 2016 season with 177 home runs, a franchise record. With 38 dingers in 29 games this year, they're on pace to shatter that mark.

Before Wednesday, Senzatela and Thursday starter Kyle Freeland were the first rookies in Rockies history with three or more wins and a sub-3.00 ERA through their first five starts. Senzatela finished Wednesday with a 2.84 ERA.

Senzatela hurls six solid frames

Desmond noted that Senzatela is from Valencia, Venezuela, the same town as Mariners star Felix Hernandez.

"I'm calling him 'The Little Prince' from here on out," Desmond said. "He comes from the same town as King Felix, and I think he's the next king in waiting. He's really good, really composed out there."

Senzatela said, "I like that. I'd never heard that before. It's just him calling me that. It could spread."

Rockies: Freeland, quite the ground-ball specialist through his first five Major League starts, will face the Padres in the series finale on Thursday at 1:40 p.m. MT.

Padres: Sinkerballer Luis Perdomo starts Thursday, with the first pitch slated for 12:40 p.m. PT. The sophomore right-hander is second in the Majors in ground-ball rate at 66 percent -- trailing only Freeland's 66.3 percent mark.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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