- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

DENVER (AP) - As far as Brandon Barnes was concerned, it’s a triple. Doesn’t matter if the hit was a routine fly that happened to fall in because of a miscommunication in the outfield.

He’ll take about anything these days - even a little luck. That triple broke Barnes out of an 0-for-21 slump in Colorado’s 9-5 loss on Friday night that was highlighted by Matt Kemp turning in the first cycle in San Diego Padres history.

Barnes followed his triple up with another hit - a clean single.

Thanks, Carlos Gonzalez, who recently gave Barnes some hitting advice.

“That really helped me,” Barnes said.

So did that blooper that fell in. It restored some confidence. Barnes’ high fly in the sixth landed between center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. and Kemp in right, with both expecting the other to catch it. Barnes hustled around the bases for a run-scoring triple.

“Figured it was a catch,” Barnes said. “As soon as I saw them both look at each other and start to slow, I turned it on and went for it.”

The night belonged to Kemp, who hit the first cycle during San Diego’s 7,444th game as a franchise.

The right fielder didn’t even realize the magnitude of his accomplishment until he was brushing himself off after sliding into third base. His coach, Glenn Hoffman, explained to him this was the first one. He thought meant first for Kemp.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, that is my first one,’” said Kemp, who finished 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs. “He said, ‘No, that’s the first one for the Padres.’ I was like, ‘Wow.’ It’s hard to believe, all the great hitters that have been here, Tony Gwynn and all those guys haven’t been able to hit for the cycle. I’m just glad to be able to do it.”

Kemp had a two-run homer in the first, single in the third and an RBI double in the seventh. His triple in the ninth went off the fence in center and he easily made it to third.

Out of breath, too.

“I need to start running a little bit more,” joked Kemp, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers last December.

In addition to his conversation with his third-base coach, Kemp was asked an interesting question by Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado: Would Kemp prefer the homer or the triple?

“I like home runs, but that was my first cycle,” Kemp said.

According to the Padres, there have been 361 times when a player has finished one hit shy of the cycle. Of those, 258 times a player was a triple short.

“(Kemp) showed tonight why he is the player he is,” interim manager Pat Murphy said. “That was special, special to be part of. We won a game that went back and forth and had some miscues. He responded every at-bat.”

The 30-year-old Kemp ignited a four-run rally in the seventh with a two-out, RBI double and Jedd Gyorko later followed with a three-run homer.

Recently signed Bud Norris (1-0) pitched the sixth to pick up the win.

Reliever Ken Roberts (0-1), called up from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day, took the loss.

Arenado had a two-run homer off starter Tyson Ross, one of the stingiest long-ball pitchers in the league. It was just the fifth homer Ross has issued in more than 145 innings this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: Reliever Boone Logan went on the DL with left elbow inflammation.

MORNEAU SIGHTING

Justin Morneau took batting practice and ran the bases before the game Friday, a step in the right direction for the first baseman who’s been out since May with a cervical strain and concussion symptoms.

He’s hoping to be back this season.

“That’s the goal,” Morneau said. “We’ll see.”

BUTLER’S DEMOTION

Eddie Butler was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque to work on his control. The 24-year-old is 3-10 with a 5.90 ERA this season.

“You see glimpses of him being good,” manager Walt Weiss said. “It’s just not been consistent enough. He’s got some things he knows he needs to work on.”

UP NEXT

Rookie righty Jon Gray (0-0, 2.70) makes his second career start at Coors Field on Saturday against San Diego. The Padres will throw righty Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.09).

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