- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have stumbled into the season’s second half.

Last in the NL West even with a four-game winning streak before the All-Star break, the Rockies lost their second straight game to the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, 5-4.

Clint Barmes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh and rookie catcher Austin Hedges homered and threw out a runner for the Padres, whose four-game winning streak matches their season high.

The Padres have hit five home runs in the first two games of the three-game series. Matt Kemp, who homered in Friday night’s 4-2 victory, hit a two-run double Saturday night.

The Rockies had their fourth major baserunning blunder of the series in the fourth when DJ LeMahieu overran second on a single by Troy Tulowitzki. With LeMahieu caught in a rundown, Charlie Blackmon broke from third to home and was caught in a rundown and was tagged out. Carlos Gonzalez followed with an RBI groundout to tie the game at one.

“I think DJ is trying to go first-to-third there and he thought the runner ahead of him was going to score,” manager Walt Weiss said.

The Padres, who have underperformed after general manager A.J. Preller revamped the roster in a series of dazzling offseason moves, matched their season-high winning streak. They also won four straight from June 2-6. They then went 3-8, costing manager Bud Black his job. He was replaced by interim manager Pat Murphy.

The game was tied at 3 in the seventh when pinch-hitter Melvin Upton Jr. drew a leadoff walk off Christian Friedrich (0-2). Tommy Kahnle came on and allowed Barmes’ homer to deep left. It was the third for Barmes, who played for the Rockies from 2003-10.

The Rockies closed to 5-4 on Troy Tulowitzki’s homer to deep left off Joaquin Benoit with one out in the eighth, his 11th.

Maurer (6-2) got one out for the win. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 25th save in 26 chances.

Hedges homered to left with one out in the third, his second. He also threw out Brandon Barnes trying to steal second in the third.

With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Rockies starter Chad Bettis retired the first two Padres batters before walking Yangervis Solarte and Yonder Alonso. Kemp doubled into the left-center gap to give the Padres a 3-1 lead, clapping his hands as he pulled into second.

“I got a little tired and couldn’t find the strike zone, after I got two outs,” Bettis said. “That is not acceptable, especially allowing that double to Kemp. I was pitching a lot better than that. Right there is a big point in the game and to me that is unacceptable.”

Said Weiss: “I thought he threw the ball real well. They got to him a little bit in the sixth, but up until then he was cruising.”

The Rockies tied it the next inning, also with two outs. Starter Tyson Ross allowed Ben Paulsen’s one-out single to right before getting former teammate Nick Hundley to fly out to left. Barnes hit an RBI triple into the left-center gap to chase Ross, and pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario doubled off Maurer to tie it.

The Rockies had their fourth major baserunning blunder of the series in the fourth when DJ LeMahieu overran second on a single by Troy Tulowitzki. With LeMahieu caught in a rundown, Charlie Blackmon broke from third to home and was caught in a rundown and was tagged out. Carlos Gonzalez followed with an RBI groundout to tie the game at one.

Colorado had three baserunning blunders in a 4-2 loss Friday night.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Corey Dickerson, on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, has passed enough physicals tests the past two days that he will be sent out on a rehab assignment Sunday or Monday, Weiss said.

Padres: INF-OF Wil Myers, who had surgery on his left wrist in mid-June, is starting the strength phase of his rehab and will start baseball activities late next week, Murphy said.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler will be recalled up from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Sunday’s series finale. He went 3-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 11 starts earlier this season.

Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner (3-10, 4.10 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday. He’s 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Rockies, including five starts.

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