- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Tyson Ross made just one bad pitch - and really it wasn’t all that bad.

The All-Star pitcher tossed a low slider to Charlie Blackmon in the third, which the fellow All-Star hit into the right-field bleachers for a two-run homer. That tiny hiccup helped the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

“That’s just baseball,” said Ross, who went six innings and allowed six hits. “He’s an All-Star. He put a good swing on it and the ball got out.”

Forgetting the slider that Blackmon blasted, Ross (7-9) said he felt “pretty strong” and had a “good rhythm” in this game.


“I was hitting my spots early in counts,” said Ross, who’s not slated to pitch in the All-Star game since he’s scheduled to start Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I think I’m in the strike zone a lot more.”

Blackmon had a double to go with his 13th homer of the season as he finally feels as though his swing is getting dialed in again.

“I just kind of felt like I got into maybe some bad habits,” said Blackmon, who will be making his first appearance at the Midsummer Classic next week in Minnesota. “That kept me from being simple and direct to the ball. I’ve simplified things a little bit lately.”

Rene Rivera homered for the Padres in the sixth. Chris Denorfia had three hits.

Franklin Morales (5-4) was worn out and running on fumes by the time the sixth inning rolled around. Going from a starter early in the season to a reliever and now back to a starter will tend to do that.

The lefty surrendered four hits and one run before being removed for a reliever with two outs in the sixth.

“I just tried to make my pitches and give an opportunity to my team,” said Morales, who struck out six.

Blackmon gave him all the run support he would need with his homer.

“Blackmon might have been looking for it. He might have been gearing up. He might have been cheating a little bit. I don’t know,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “It was a (darn) good pitch.”

In truth, Blackmon said he was looking for a fastball. That’s why he was so out in front of the slider.

“Just able to stay on it,” Blackmon said.

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