- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The three home runs allowed by the Colorado Rockies on Friday night certainly hurt.

So did the baserunning blunders, which contributed to the Rockies’ 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.

James Shields won for the first time in six weeks, and Matt Kemp, Jedd Gyorko and Justin Upton homered for the Padres.

The Rockies made two critical baserunning blunders. Carlos Gonzalez doubled with one out in the first and tried to take third on Troy Tulowitzki’s routine grounder to shortstop. He was an easy out. In the fifth, the Rockies pulled to 3-1 on Charlie Blackmon’s leadoff home run and had runners on first and third with two outs after singles by Tulowitzki and Ben Paulsen. Shields made a pickoff throw to third that tricked Paulsen into breaking for second. He was caught in a rundown to end the inning.

“We made some critical outs on the bases,” manager Walt Weiss said. “We didn’t play the game right. It cost us. We didn’t run the bases real well.”

They also went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

“It’s always been a tough park for us to score in,” Weiss said. “Historically, that’s always the way it has been. We’ve been good with runners in scoring position, but not tonight.”

The Padres, who have underperformed despite making several big offseason acquisitions, have won three straight following a six-game losing streak.

Shields (8-3) won for the first time since beating the New York Mets 7-0 on June 3. He had four no-decisions and a three-start losing streak in his last seven starts. He allowed one run and seven hits in five innings, struck out six and walked four.

Shields, who signed a $75 million, four-year free-agent contract in February, allowed a homer to Charlie Blackmon leading off the fifth that made it 3-1. It was Blackmon’s 12th and the 20th allowed by Shields.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances.

Kemp, obtained in one of several big December trades made by general manager A.J. Preller, homered into the second deck in left field with two outs in the first off Jorge De La Rosa. It was Kemp’s ninth overall and just his third at home. After Upton reached on catcher’s interference, Gyorko homered to straightaway center field, his fourth.

Upton homered into the second deck in left off Rafael Betancourt with two outs in the eighth, his 15th.

Kemp improved to 20 for 46 against De La Rosa, the most hits the lefty has allowed to any batter. Gyorko improved to 13 for 19 against De La Rosa, his most hits off a pitcher.

Asked what went wrong in the first, De La Rosa said: “Everything. All those pitches they hit were mistakes. We lost the game right there.”

De La Rosa (6-4) has lost all three of his starts this season against San Diego, with a 9.00 ERA. He allowed three runs and five hits in five innings, struck out five and walked three.

The Rockies pulled to 3-2 in the seventh when reliever Brandon Maurer got into and out of trouble. Brandon Barnes and Blackmon singled to give the Rockies runners on the corners. Blackmon stole second and catcher Derek Norris threw the ball into center field for an error, allowing Barnes to score. Carlos Gonzalez struck out before Troy Tulowitzki walked to again give the Rockies runners on the corners. Maurer got Nolan Arenado to ground into a double play to end the threat.


Rockies: Manager Walt Weiss said OF Corey Dickerson could soon go out on a rehab stint. He’s on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Padres: Interim manager Pat Murphy said LHP Cory Luebke had surgery to take pressure off a nerve in his left elbow. Luebke, who had a second reconstructive elbow surgery in February 2014, had made seven one-inning rehab appearances in the minors. The Padres say it’ll be three to four weeks before he can throw again.


Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (5-4, 4.91 ERA) is scheduled to make his second career start and fifth appearance against the Padres.

Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (6-7, 3.34) is looking to win consecutive starts for the second time this season. He beat Texas 2-1 in the final game before the All-Star break.

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