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Rockies 6, Padres 3

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DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki showed why he is an All-Star and the NL captain for the Home Run Derby next week.

More importantly, he is trying to show his young teammates the Colorado Rockies are still postseason contenders.

He hopes winning a series at home was a fresh start.

Tulowitzki hit two of Colorado's five home runs, and the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Wednesday.

Drew Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon and Wilin Rosario also went deep for the Rockies, who won a home series for the first time in nearly two months.

"I'm careful about saying when wins are must-wins or what games are must-wins, but all things considered we needed to win that series," manager Walt Weiss said.

Colorado last won a home series taking two of three from San Diego in May. The Rockies managed to split a four-game set with Atlanta in June but lost five other series at Coors Field. They were swept twice and in the process went from second in the NL West to last before taking two straight from the Padres.

"A series win is important, especially against a division opponent," Tulowitzki said.

Tulowitzki has expressed frustration with Colorado's extended slump but hasn't given up on the season. He pointed out the Rockies used big turnarounds after the All-Star break to reach the World Series in 2007 and the playoffs again two years later.

"That's something I'm trying to preach to these guys. Anything can happen," Tulowitzki said. "Even though it doesn't look like we're in it keep coming to work every single day and hopefully it transfers over. It's been a rough first half but second halves here, those playoff-run years have been pretty good."

They took a step with back-to-back homers off reliever Joaquin Benoit (3-1) in the eighth. Blackmon started the rally with a single and Stubbs followed with his ninth homer of the season and fifth in his last five games.

Tulowitzki then hit an 0-1 fastball into the left field seats for his 20th home run of the year. It was Tulowitzki's second multihomer game this season and 10th of his career.

Benoit had not allowed a run in 19 1-3 innings before Stubbs' homer.

"Benoit has been outstanding," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He got two strikeouts and a popout to center and they hit a couple of high flies that went out. One by an All-Star."

Boone Logan (2-1) pitched the eighth for the win and LaTroy Hawkins worked the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Jake Goebbert and Seth Smith homered for San Diego. The Padres have not won a series in Denver in two years.

Rockies starter Jair Jurrjens didn't experience any of the breathing trouble he suffered from during his Rockies debut last Friday but he was only able to last 4 2-3 innings. He left after the Padres tied the game 3-3 on Smith's solo home run and a wild pitch that scored Chris Denorfia.

It was the only run in the game not scored on a homer.

"We outhit them but they outhomered us and that was the difference," Black said.

Jurrjens gave up eight hits and struck out six before leaving, but it could have been worse. With two runners on in the fifth Yasmani Grandal hit a foul home run down the right-field line, a call that was held up under review. It was the second time in the game Grandal was on the losing end of a review.

"I thought it was fair. From my point of view it left the ballpark fair but it was so high that by the time it came down it just went straight out," Grandal said. "It got into the wind stream and blew the other way."

Colorado's All-Stars got things started in the first off starter Eric Stults. Blackmon hit his fourth leadoff home run of the game and second homer in as many days into the Rockies' bullpen. One out later Tulowitzki hit a line drive into the bleachers in left to give Colorado a 2-0 lead.

"You can only keep a talent like Tulo down for so long," Weiss said.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

S. Smith
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Seth Smith, LF-RF3121201 .281
Chris Denorfia, RF-CF5120013 .257
Chase Headley, 3B5010024 .225
Yasmani Grandal, C-1B4010124 .206
Jake Goebbert, 1B-LF4111013 .333
Will Venable, CF3010021 .194
   a-Rene Rivera, PH-C1000002 .233
Alexi Amarista, SS4010000 .227
Irving Falu, 2B3010101 .115
Eric Stults, P2000012 .083
   b-Tommy Medica, PH1000010 .231
   Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   c-Carlos Quentin, PH1000010 .171
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
Totals363102411  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Venable in the 7th
b-struck out for Stults in the 6th
c-struck out for Boyer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Will Venable (11, Jurrjens)
HR - Seth Smith (10, Jurrjens), Jake Goebbert (1, Jurrjens)
RBI - Seth Smith (27), Jake Goebbert (3)
SB - Chase Headley (4, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Rosario), Irving Falu (1, 2nd base off Kahnle/Rosario)
Team LOB - 10
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults 5533053 4.98
Blaine Boyer 2000030 0.00
Joaquin Benoit (L,3-1) 1333022 1.91
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 68-45, Blaine Boyer 22-17, Joaquin Benoit 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 6-4, Blaine Boyer 2-1
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 20, Blaine Boyer 6, Joaquin Benoit 6
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF4221011 .294
Drew Stubbs, CF4112011 .294
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4222020 .350
Wilin Rosario, C4111020 .245
Nolan Arenado, 3B4000000 .282
Kyle Parker, 1B3010010 .111
Brandon Barnes, LF3000011 .249
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3010011 .275
Jair Jurrjens, P1000001 .000
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
   a-Josh Rutledge, PH1000010 .282
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals31686010  
a-struck out for Logan in the 8th
Batting
HR - Charlie Blackmon (14, Stults), Drew Stubbs (9, Benoit), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (20, Stults), Wilin Rosario (9, Stults)
SH - Tommy Kahnle (1)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon (50), Drew Stubbs 2 (25), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (49), Wilin Rosario (34)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 1
E - Jair Jurrjens (1, Throwing)
PB - Wilin Rosario (9)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens 4.2833262 10.61
Tommy Kahnle 1.1100020 2.74
Rex Brothers 1100120 4.26
Boone Logan (W,2-1) 1000010 5.94
LaTroy Hawkins (S,17) 1000100 2.53
WP - Jair Jurrjens (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 96-58, Tommy Kahnle 23-14, Rex Brothers 23-13, Boone Logan 10-7, LaTroy Hawkins 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 3-4, Tommy Kahnle 2-0, Rex Brothers 1-0, Boone Logan 1-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 23, Tommy Kahnle 5, Rex Brothers 5, Boone Logan 3, LaTroy Hawkins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26212
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Jim Reynolds