San Diego at Colorado

San Diego
W: R. Erlin (3-4) L: J. Lyles (5-1) S: H. Street (13)
HR: SD - S. Smith (4),C. Quentin (1)   COL - T. Tulowitzki (12)

Padres 8, Rockies 5 wire reports

DENVER -- The San Diego Padres are picking their spots with Carlos Quentin as they ease him back into action following his return from a knee injury that sidelined him for the first six weeks of the season.

He came through in a tough spot Saturday night.

Seth Smith homered against his former team early, Quentin added a two-run, pinch-hit home run, and the San Diego Padres hung on to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 Saturday night.

"When you come back, you're looking to get hits to put yourself in a nice rhythm out there," Quentin said. "Looking to be hitting in the middle of the lineup, you want to drive the ball and it was nice to get that first ball driven, first home run out of the way."

San Diego staked Robbie Erlin (3-4) to a 6-1 lead by roughing up previously unbeaten Jordan Lyles (5-1), who walked a career-high six batters in a season-low 3 1-3 inning outing.

The Rockies got an early home run from Troy Tulowitzki and chipped away at the Padres' lead, pulling to within a run on Carlos Gonzalez's two-run double in the sixth inning.

Quentin rebuilt the cushion in the seventh.

Activated this week after spending the first six weeks of the season on the disabled list because of a left knee bone contusion, Quentin batted for reliever Nick Vincent and followed Yasmani Grandal's two-out single with a drive off reliever Chris Martin that sailed into the left field bleachers for his first home run of the season.

"You're always trying to add on regardless of where you are but especially here at Coors," Smith said. "A crooked number is waiting every inning, so you've got to try to hold them down and expand the lead any chance you get. That's why Carlos' homer was really big."

Quentin swung through a first pitch fastball from Martin, but he connected when the reliever came back with another.

"It felt good to get some runs on the board, give us that cushion," Quentin said. "The Rockies were charging. Everybody knows they can swing the bat. They've shown it all year. I was fortunate enough to put a good swing on the ball and help slow that momentum."

Erlin, who entered hitless in 11 at-bats over his eight previous games, singled twice, including an RBI single in the third inning that capped three consecutive two-run innings by the Padres.

On the mound, Erlin allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked none and benefited from a defense that turned five double plays, including four in the first five innings. Huston Street, also a former Rockie, got three outs for his 13th save in as many opportunities.

Lyles, who saw his ERA increase to 3.50 from 2.66, had control problems from the outset. He issued first-inning walks to Everth Cabrera and Smith before giving up a two-two-run double to Yonder Alonso.

"I just didn't throw enough strikes," Lyles said. "Too many balls, too many strikes. I'm not going to be successful like that. You can't put guys on base that many times. It's just one of those things you learn from. Turn the corner and get better from it."

Tulowitzki, who had three hits, answered in the bottom of the first with his NL-leading 12th homer of the season.

But Smith, who played for the Rockies from 2007-11, made it 4-1 San Diego in the second. One out after Chris Denorfia doubled, Smith drove a 1-1 offering from Lyles over the center field fence for his fourth home run of the season.

The Rockies pulled to 6-3 on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly in the fourth and Jordan Pacheco's RBI single in the fifth.

"Just a tough night," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We fought back. I think everyone thought we'd end up winning that game but we came up short."


San Diego right-handed reliever Donn Roach (1-0) will start Sunday's series finale against the Rockies in place of Andrew Cashner, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching (right) elbow. Roach be opposed by Colorado's Juan Nicasio (4-2). ... The Padres recalled RHP Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso to fill Cashner's roster spot. ... Lyles' previous career high for walks was five against Boston on July 3, 2011, while with Houston. ... The pinch homer was the fourth of Quentin's career and the fifth by a Padre this season, most in the majors. ... Weiss said Brandon Barnes was unavailable Saturday because of a stomach illness.

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Players of the Game
San Diego

S. Smith
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1

C. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Chris Denorfia, LF4110111 .309
Everth Cabrera, SS4110103 .244
Seth Smith, RF3212210 .333
Chase Headley, 3B3000222 .191
Yonder Alonso, 1B5122015 .204
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4010111 .152
Will Venable, CF2100221 .188
Yasmani Grandal, C5111015 .206
Robbie Erlin, P3021010 .143
   Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   a-Carlos Quentin, PH1112000 .300
   Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   b-Nick Hundley, PH1000001 .283
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
a-homered for Vincent in the 7th
b-lined out for Benoit in the 9th
2B - Chris Denorfia (6, Lyles), Yonder Alonso 2 (11, Lyles), Jedd Gyorko (2, Masset)
HR - Seth Smith (4, Lyles), Carlos Quentin (1, Martin)
RBI - Seth Smith 2 (16), Yonder Alonso 2 (11), Yasmani Grandal (12), Robbie Erlin (1), Carlos Quentin 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith 2 (7), Yonder Alonso 2 (6), Robbie Erlin (1), Carlos Quentin 2 (2)
SB - Everth Cabrera (8, 2nd base off Belisle/Pacheco)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Headley-Gyorko-Alonso, Headley-Gyorko-Alonso-Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso, Headley-Gyorko-Alonso-Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso-Headley-Gyorko-Alonso, Headley-Gyorko-Alonso-Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso-Headley-Gyorko-Alonso-Headley-Gyorko-Alonso, Headley-Gyorko-Alonso-Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso-Headley-Gyorko-Alonso-Headley-Gyorko-Alonso-Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso
San Diego Padres
Robbie Erlin (W,3-4) 5944021 4.53
Nick Vincent (H,3) 1211000 3.57
Dale Thayer (H,5) 1200000 1.35
Joaquin Benoit (H,6) 1100020 2.29
Huston Street (S,13) 1000020 0.50
WP - Robbie Erlin (3)
HBP - Morneau (by Nick Vincent)
Pitches-Strikes - Robbie Erlin 63-43, Nick Vincent 23-14, Dale Thayer 17-12, Joaquin Benoit 14-9, Huston Street 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robbie Erlin 5-4, Nick Vincent 1-1, Dale Thayer 1-2
Batters Faced - Robbie Erlin 20, Nick Vincent 5, Dale Thayer 5, Joaquin Benoit 4, Huston Street 3
Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon, RF5020011 .333
Drew Stubbs, CF4230001 .326
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4231002 .400
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3023010 .270
Nolan Arenado, 3B4000013 .301
Justin Morneau, 1B3110011 .325
Jordan Pacheco, C4011012 .239
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4020010 .289
Jordan Lyles, P1000001 .217
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   a-Charlie Culberson, PH1000001 .190
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   Chris Martin, P0000000 .000
   b-Corey Dickerson, PH1000000 .344
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   c-Michael McKenry, PH1000000 .211
a-grounded into a double play for Kahnle in the 5th
b-fouled out for Martin in the 7th
c-flied out for Masset in the 9th
2B - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (12, Vincent), Justin Morneau (12, Erlin)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (12, Erlin)
SF - Carlos Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (34), Carlos Gonzalez 3 (28), Jordan Pacheco (7)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (12)
SB - Charlie Blackmon (9, 2nd base off Thayer/Grandal)
Team LOB - 5
DP - LeMahieu-Morneau, LeMahieu-Morneau-Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Morneau, LeMahieu-Morneau-Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Morneau-Arenado-LeMahieu-Morneau
E - Carlos Gonzalez (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jordan Lyles (L,5-1) 3.1566631 3.50
Tommy Kahnle 1.2000100 1.59
Matt Belisle 1200110 4.00
Chris Martin 1222021 4.15
Rex Brothers 1000120 3.00
Nick Masset 1100020 1.80
WP - Jordan Lyles (2), Matt Belisle (3), Nick Masset (2)
HBP - Venable (by Jordan Lyles)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 92-46, Tommy Kahnle 18-10, Matt Belisle 33-21, Chris Martin 24-15, Rex Brothers 20-9, Nick Masset 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 6-1, Tommy Kahnle 1-2, Matt Belisle 2-0, Rex Brothers 1-0
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 22, Tommy Kahnle 4, Matt Belisle 6, Chris Martin 5, Rex Brothers 4, Nick Masset 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40508
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Seth Buckminster