Arenado homers on 28th birthday, Rockies beat Padres 8-2

SAN DIEGO (AP) Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies found their stride at sea level.

Arenado homered for the third straight game - a two-run shot on his 28th birthday - and Jon Gray pitched seven strong innings for the Colorado Rockies, who beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 Tuesday night for a two-game sweep and their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Gray (1-3) allowed a home run in an NL-record 16th straight game when Wil Myers connected leading off the fifth, but otherwise tamed the Padres, who have lost three straight for the first time this season.

Rookie Garrett Hampson hit his first career-homer and Raimel Tapia had a two-run triple for the Rockies, whose bats came to life on the final three games of a six-game swing through San Francisco and San Diego. Prior to that, they had lost eight straight games.

Their eight runs were a season high.

''We lost the first three games and then we won the last three. To be able to say we split a road trip is not bad,'' Arenado said. ''Obviously you want to win them, but to split is not a bad feeling. Definitely we lost some tough games and it feels good to know we took care of business these last three.''

Said Gray: ''I wouldn't say it's like a night and day thing, but you can tell it's gradually coming along. We never really got to a low point, which I'm proud about. That's because we know what we have. I think a lot of that plays into that.''

Arenado hit his first homer of the season in Sunday's 4-0 win at San Francisco and went deep again in Monday night's 5-2 win against the Padres.

His shot to straightaway center field off rookie left-hander Nick Margevicius (1-2) with one out provided the Rockies with their first first-inning runs this season. Their streak of 17 straight games without a run in the first inning was longest to begin a season in franchise history.

''We scored runs early. You always feel a little bit more comfortable when you score a couple runs early,'' Arenado said. ''I think it gives the pitcher a little more confidence, or calms him down in a way, maybe. It was a good win. We're playing good baseball right now and we've got to keep it up.''

Arenado, a four-time All-Star, said birthday homers ''are awesome. It felt really good. I just tried to have good at-bats. It was nice to come out with a win, a couple knocks, a homer, a couple RBIs. That was pretty cool.''

It was the 189th career homer, surpassing Troy Tulowitzki (188) for sixth place all-time in Rockies history.

Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI double in the second and Tapia a two-run triple in the third for a 5-0 lead.

Trevor Story had a career-high three stolen bases, including stealing second and then executing a double steal with Mark Reynolds ahead of Tapia's triple.

Hampson hit a one-out homer to left in the seventh off Adam Warren. A fan threw the ball back onto the field and left fielder Wil Myers tossed it into foul territory, where a ball girl handed it to a fan despite Padres third baseman Manny Machado trying to get her attention. The Rockies were able to retrieve the ball for Hampson.

Hampson made his big league debut last year and was on his first opening day roster this year.

Gray improved to 9-3 lifetime against San Diego by holding the Padres to one run and three hits while striking out five and walking three.

Gray's only big mistake was allowing Myers' homer to left leading off the fifth, his fifth.

''I just got a good pitch middle in and was able to put a good swing on it. I like being able to do that,'' Myers said.

The Padres had only five hits.

''If there's one thing not to worry about it's this offense,'' Myers said. ''We've got guys in here who are going to hit. We'll definitely get going.''

Margevicius allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings, struck out seven and walked one.

''I think I made some pitches, didn't make some pitches,'' he said. ''Up here's that's just going to happen. I'm going to have nights like this and it's not all going to be good all the time. It's something I'm going to learn from I'm sure.

''The one to Arenado was a fastball away,'' he added. ''It's away but he crushes those pitches, so maybe that wasn't the best pitch selection right there.''

UP NEXT

Rockies: Colorado returns home to open a four-game series against Philadelphia on Thursday night, with LHP Kyle Freeland (1-3, 5.40) scheduled to make the start.

Padres: Rookie RHP Chris Paddack (0-0, 1.29) seeks his first win Thursday night in the opener of a four-game home series against the Cincinnati Reds, who counter with RHP Tanner Roark (0-0, 4.30).

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  • W: J. Gray (1-3)L: N. Margevicius (1-2)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (3), G. Hampson (1), SD - W. Myers (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon RF50110001.219.266.301.5673.0
G. Hampson CF43211121.200.224.309.53311.0
N. Arenado 3B52221001.264.325.444.7699.0
T. Story SS41200101.257.325.443.76810.0
M. Reynolds 1B31110121.206.341.412.7535.0
R. Tapia LF50230014.256.275.436.7117.5
P. Valaika 2B50000033.083.185.125.310-1.5
T. Wolters C41200012.235.257.382.6394.5
J. Gray P30000032.111.111.111.222-1.5
a- J. Fuentes PH10000011.111.111.111.222-0.5
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Johnson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oh P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Gray in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF40100011.304.316.500.8160.5
F. Reyes RF40100021.224.298.510.8080.0
M. Machado 3B31000112.254.365.460.8251.5
W. Myers LF21211200.317.368.603.9719.0
E. Hosmer 1B30000104.194.270.284.5541.0
F. Tatis SS40110013.281.347.578.9252.5
I. Kinsler 2B40000003.148.246.241.4870.0
F. Mejia C30000010.143.172.214.387-0.5
N. Margevicius P10000000.200.200.200.4000.0
M. Wisler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH00000100.214.313.357.6701.0
A. Warren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Wieck P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- L. Urias PH10000010.100.250.150.400-0.5
T. Wingenter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Wisler in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Wieck in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (4), R. Tapia, T. Wolters 2 (5)
  • 3B - R. Tapia (3)
  • HR - G. Hampson, N. Arenado (3)
  • SF - M. Reynolds (2)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (6), G. Hampson (3), N. Arenado 2 (12), M. Reynolds (5), R. Tapia 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon (5), G. Hampson (5), R. Tapia 2 (3), T. Wolters (5), J. Gray (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Tatis (4)
  • HR - W. Myers (5)
  • RBI - W. Myers (9), F. Tatis (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Tatis (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Reyes (5), M. Machado (6), I. Kinsler 2 (8)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Hampson, T. Story 3 (4), M. Reynolds
FIELDING
  • E - C. Estevez
FIELDING
  • E - F. Mejia
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 1-3)7.03113513.421.1426.5
C. Estevez1.01000204.150.923.0
D. Johnson0.00112007.042.09-3.0
S. Oh1.01000006.001.832.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 1-3)7.0
C. Estevez1.0
D. Johnson0.0
S. Oh1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Margevicius (L, 1-2)4.07551713.600.90-2.5
M. Wisler2.01000306.001.506.5
A. Warren1.03110014.501.20-1.0
B. Wieck1.01000204.911.363.0
T. Wingenter1.00222104.501.38-0.5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 89-59, C. Estevez 16-11, D. Johnson 12-4, S. Oh 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 10-5, C. Estevez 2-0, S. Oh 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, C. Estevez 4, D. Johnson 2, S. Oh 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Margevicius 82-55, M. Wisler 24-16, A. Warren 25-14, B. Wieck 17-11, T. Wingenter 21-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Margevicius 3-3, M. Wisler 2-0, A. Warren 2-2, T. Wingenter 2-1
  • Batters Faced - N. Margevicius 20, M. Wisler 7, A. Warren 6, B. Wieck 4, T. Wingenter 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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COL6-12
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C. Blackmon RF50110001.219.266.301.5673.0
G. Hampson CF43211121.200.224.309.53311.0
N. Arenado 3B52221001.264.325.444.7699.0
T. Story SS41200101.257.325.443.76810.0
M. Reynolds 1B31110121.206.341.412.7535.0
R. Tapia LF50230014.256.275.436.7117.5
P. Valaika 2B50000033.083.185.125.310-1.5
T. Wolters C41200012.235.257.382.6394.5
J. Gray P30000032.111.111.111.222-1.5
a- J. Fuentes PH10000011.111.111.111.222-0.5
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Gray in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF40100011.304.316.500.8160.5
F. Reyes RF40100021.224.298.510.8080.0
M. Machado 3B31000112.254.365.460.8251.5
W. Myers LF21211200.317.368.603.9719.0
E. Hosmer 1B30000104.194.270.284.5541.0
F. Tatis SS40110013.281.347.578.9252.5
I. Kinsler 2B40000003.148.246.241.4870.0
F. Mejia C30000010.143.172.214.387-0.5
N. Margevicius P10000000.200.200.200.4000.0
M. Wisler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH00000100.214.313.357.6701.0
A. Warren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Wieck P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- L. Urias PH10000010.100.250.150.400-0.5
T. Wingenter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Wisler in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Wieck in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (4), R. Tapia, T. Wolters 2 (5)
  • 3B - R. Tapia (3)
  • HR - G. Hampson, N. Arenado (3)
  • SF - M. Reynolds (2)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (6), G. Hampson (3), N. Arenado 2 (12), M. Reynolds (5), R. Tapia 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon (5), G. Hampson (5), R. Tapia 2 (3), T. Wolters (5), J. Gray (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Tatis (4)
  • HR - W. Myers (5)
  • RBI - W. Myers (9), F. Tatis (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Tatis (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Reyes (5), M. Machado (6), I. Kinsler 2 (8)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Hampson, T. Story 3 (4), M. Reynolds
FIELDING
  • E - C. Estevez
FIELDING
  • E - F. Mejia
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 1-3)7.03113513.421.1426.5
C. Estevez1.01000204.150.923.0
D. Johnson0.00112007.042.09-3.0
S. Oh1.01000006.001.832.0
Total9.0522571---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 1-3)7.0
C. Estevez1.0
D. Johnson0.0
S. Oh1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Margevicius (L, 1-2)4.07551713.600.90-2.5
M. Wisler2.01000306.001.506.5
A. Warren1.03110014.501.20-1.0
B. Wieck1.01000204.911.363.0
T. Wingenter1.00222104.501.38-0.5
Total9.012883132---
PITCHERSIP
N. Margevicius (L, 1-2)4.0
M. Wisler2.0
A. Warren1.0
B. Wieck1.0
T. Wingenter1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 89-59, C. Estevez 16-11, D. Johnson 12-4, S. Oh 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 10-5, C. Estevez 2-0, S. Oh 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, C. Estevez 4, D. Johnson 2, S. Oh 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Margevicius 82-55, M. Wisler 24-16, A. Warren 25-14, B. Wieck 17-11, T. Wingenter 21-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Margevicius 3-3, M. Wisler 2-0, A. Warren 2-2, T. Wingenter 2-1
  • Batters Faced - N. Margevicius 20, M. Wisler 7, A. Warren 6, B. Wieck 4, T. Wingenter 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Tatis doubled to deep right, Machado scored82
    Tapia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Arenado scored, Story out at second81
    Reynolds hit sacrifice fly to right, Hampson scored, Arenado to third71
  • 7TH INNING
    Hampson homered to left center61
  • 5TH INNING
    Myers homered to left51
  • 3RD INNING
    Tapia tripled to deep center, Story and Reynolds scored50
  • 2ND INNING
    Blackmon doubled to left center, Wolters scored30
  • 1ST INNING
    Arenado homered to center, Hampson scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Trey Wingenter pitching
    • G. Hampson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hampson walked
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Foul, Arenado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hampson to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hampson stole third, Arenado to second on catcher Mejia fielding error, Ball, Story walked
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds hit sacrifice fly to right, Hampson scored, Arenado to third
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Arenado scored, Story out at second
    • P. Valaika: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • D.J. Johnson relieved Carlos Estevez
    • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado walked
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Myers walked, Machado to second
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved D.J. Johnson
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded out to shortstop, Machado to third, Myers out at second
    • F. Tatis: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Tatis doubled to deep right, Machado scored
    • I. Kinsler: Strike swinging, Kinsler grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brad Wieck relieved Adam Warren
    • P. Valaika: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wolters doubled to deep right
    • Josh Fuentes hit for Jon Gray
    • J. Fuentes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Fuentes struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Carlos Estevez pitching
    • F. Mejia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mejia grounded out to second
    • Luis Urias hit for Brad Wieck
    • L. Urias: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Urias struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Margot reached on an infield single to pitcher, Margot to second on Estevez throwing error
    • F. Reyes: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Adam Warren pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon lined out to left
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hampson homered to left center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Arenado singled to right
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Story flied out to right
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds reached on an infield single to second, Arenado to second
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Myers singled to right
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer flied out to left
    • F. Tatis: Tatis grounded out to second, Myers to second
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to catcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Wisler Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia doubled to deep right
    • P. Valaika: Valaika popped out to third
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wolters struck out looking
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • F. Mejia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mejia struck out swinging
    • Greg Garcia hit for Matt Wisler
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia walked
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Margot reached on fielder's choice to second, Garcia out at second
    • F. Reyes: Reyes singled to shallow left center, Margot to second
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Machado flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Matt Wisler relieved Nick Margevicius
    • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to third
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Story grounded out to third
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Ball, Myers homered to left
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hosmer walked
    • F. Tatis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Tatis struck out swinging
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kinsler grounded out to second, Hosmer out at second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Margevicius Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Blackmon popped out to third
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hampson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Margot flied out to right
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Machado grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • N. Margevicius Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Story: Story singled to center
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Story stole second, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Story stole third Reynolds stole second,, Ball, Strike looking, Tapia tripled to deep center, Story and Reynolds scored
    • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Valaika struck out on foul tip
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Mejia: Strike looking, Mejia flied out to deep center
    • N. Margevicius: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Margevicius grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • N. Margevicius Pitching:
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Valaika flied out to right
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Wolters doubled to deep right
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon doubled to left center, Wolters scored
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hampson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Myers walked
    • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Hosmer lined out to left
    • F. Tatis: Tatis grounded out to second, Myers out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • N. Margevicius Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep right
    • G. Hampson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hampson singled to left center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Arenado homered to center, Hampson scored
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Story singled to left
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Story stole second, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Margot struck out on foul tip
    • F. Reyes: Reyes grounded out to second
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)