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San Diego scored twice in the first on four consecutive hits to start the inning. Will Venable led off with a double and went to third on Amarista’s single. Seth Smith and Gyorko followed with RBI singles.

“The fact that he got through six was huge,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “We needed Juan to get through that sixth. That was critical. I was a little concerned at that point, but he settled in.”

The Rockies cut the lead to 2-1 on DJ LeMahieu’s run-scoring single in the second and tied the game on sacrifice fly by Nolan Arenado in the fourth.

Erlin gave up three runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander was coming off a six-inning, one-hit effort in his last start, a 2-1 win at Cleveland last Wednesday.

NOTES: Cuddyer, who bruised his right elbow Monday night when he fell backward against the outfield wall while attempting to make a catch, was back in the lineup at first base. … Padres SS Everth Cabrera (sore knee) was held out of the starting lineup. … When San Diego scored two runs without a hit in the eighth inning Monday night for a 5-4 win over the Rockies, it was the first time the Padres scored the tying and eventual winning runs in the same inning without a hit since May 2004.