- Associated Press - Thursday, July 10, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Joaquin Benoit was at his best while throwing 19 straight scoreless innings. He was still pitching pretty well when the streak ended Wednesday.

Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Benoit in the eighth inning and Troy Tulowitzki followed with his second homer of the game to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.

“It happened today that they put on good swings, but this is normal in baseball,” Benoit said. “You can’t be perfect all year - or at least when you’re going good, you can’t be surprised when something goes bad. It wasn’t my day. That happens.”

The teams combined for seven home runs, five by the Rockies on a day when balls were carrying at high altitude in Coors Field.

“We outhit ‘em but they outhomered us and that was the difference,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “They got five. We got two. Five minus two is three, and they won by three runs.”

Black said he thought Benoit (3-1) pitched just as well as he has previously, when he was putting up zeros.

“Benoit has been outstanding,” Black said. “He should be on the All Star team the way he’s thrown the ball. His stuff was good. He got two strikeouts and a popout to center. They hit a couple of high flies that went out, one by an All-Star (Tulowitzki).”

Charlie Blackmon and Wilin Rosario also went deep for the Rockies, who won a home series for the first time in nearly two months.

Seth Smith and Jake Goebbert homered for San Diego. It was the first major league homer for Goebbert, who made his Padres debut June 20 against Los Angeles.

“It was a really amazing feeling to hit a home run at this level,” Goebbert said. “Hopefully, that can be the first of many.”

Blackmon started the rally against Benoit with a single and Stubbs followed with his ninth homer of the season and fifth in his last five games.

Tulowitzki, who also homered in the first, then hit an 0-1 fastball into the left-field seats. It was Tulowitzki’s second multihomer game this season and the 10th of his career.

Boone Logan (2-1) pitched the eighth for the win and LaTroy Hawkins worked the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Colorado starter Jair Jurrjens didn’t experience any of the trouble breathing he had during his Rockies debut last Friday, but he was only able to last 4 2-3 innings. He left after the Padres tied the game at 3 on Smith’s solo home run and a wild pitch that scored Chris Denorfia.

It was the only run in the game not scored on a homer.

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