San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with a home run
and three RBI to lead the San Diego Padres to a 8-6 win and a series sweep
over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Derek Norris and Jedd Gyorko also went deep for the Padres, who have won three
straight since a three-game losing streak.
James Shields (3-0) got the win but struggled in his outing, allowing five
runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Kyle Kendrick (1-4) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on six
hits in five innings on the hill.
Nolan Arenado homered twice among his three hits and drove in three for
Colorado, which has lost five straight. Charlie Blackmon also hit two homers
in the loss.
Blackmon led off the game with a homer to right, then the Padres got that back
and one more when Upton smacked his seventh homer of the season with Matt Kemp
Arenado tied the game in the fourth with a solo shot to left, Carlos Gonzalez
followed with a single and Michael McKenry chased him home with a double for a
Yangervis Solarte’s groundout in the home fourth knocked in Kemp, who was hit
by a pitch to begin the frame, and Norris made the score 5-3 with a two-run
shot to left.
Arenado’s second homer of the day brought in Corey Dickerson and tied the game
back up at 5-5. San Diego got the run back on Upton’s double in the home
A pinch-hitting Gyorko his a two-run homer in the sixth to increase San
Diego’s lead to 8-5.
Craig Kimbrel notched his eight save of the season, but he allowed a one-out
homer to Blackmon which accounted for the final margin.
Colorado wrapped up its six-game road trip … The Rockies went 0-for-7 with
runners in scoring position … Upton went 7-for-12 with seven RBI and five
runs scored in the series.