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France drives in 4 as Padres rally past Rockies

August 29, 2020 GMT
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San Diego Padres relief pitcher Matt Strahm works against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Denver. San Diego won 10-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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San Diego Padres relief pitcher Matt Strahm works against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Denver. San Diego won 10-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Ty France had four RBIs and the San Diego Padres posted another comeback victory, overcoming an early four-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Friday night.

Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers each contributed four hits as part of San Diego’s season-high 19-hit attack. Manny Machado had three hits while extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Zach Davies (5-2) struck out six in 5 2/3 innings, allowing four unearned runs in the first.

“Obviously as a team we swung the bats really well tonight,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “I thought the one thing our guys did is they stayed short, they hit the ball line to line.”

Matt Kemp hit a three-run shot for Colorado, and Nolan Arenado finished with three hits.

San Diego tied the game with three runs in the fifth and pulled away with a four-run burst in the sixth. After hitting a one-out double, Fernando Tatis Jr. showcased his speed in scoring the go-ahead run, advancing on a wild pitch that barely trickled away from catcher Tony Wolters and sprinting home just ahead of a strong throw from Sam Hilliard on Machado’s sacrifice fly to shallow center off Jeff Hoffman (2-1). France added a three-run double to put the Padres up 8-4.

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The Rockies jumped on Davies in the first, with most of the damage coming on Kemp’s third homer this season — all against San Diego. None of the runs were earned because first baseman Hosmer dropped a relay throw on Charlie Blackmon’s fielder’s choice that would have completed an inning-ending double play. Davies walked Daniel Murphy before Kemp drove a 2-0 pitch into the stand of evergreens behind the wall in center.

“After that first inning, I focused on making sure I was over the plate, down, and keeping the ball as much as I could on the ground,” Davies said. “But again, defense behind me, that makes me confident in myself. Just a matter of time for that offense to get going.”

Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland went 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs and 11 hits, snapping a streak of six consecutive quality starts to begin the season.

“I definitely was not as sharp as I wanted to be tonight,” Freeland said. “I caught some breaks there in the first three innings with some balls hit right at guys to get out of jams. But the fourth and fifth innings, I started leaving stuff over the middle of the plate.”

PAINFUL HIT

Padres reliever Emilio Pagán took a hard shot off his leg on a stinging one-out comebacker by Raimel Tapia, which rolled toward third for a single in the ninth. Trainers came out to the mound to check on him but he managed to stay in the game.

ROOKIE MILESTONE

San Diego rookie outfielder Jorge Mateo registered his first career RBI when he singled in a run during the fourth inning. In the ninth, he made a spectacular diving catch to take a hit away from Arenado.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: C Francisco Mejia is making steady progress in his rehabilitation of his bruised left thumb. He went on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 17. “ He’s getting a lot of at-bats and he’s continuing to improve” at the team’s alternate training site at the University of San Diego, Tingler saod.

Rockies: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (right biceps tendinitis) had a strong bullpen session Wednesday and is slated to throw again in the next couple of days. Sidelined since Aug. 7, Gonzalez is nearing a return. “He’s really close to being ready to pitch for us,” manager Bud Black said.

UP NEXT

Padres: LHP Adrian Morejon (0-0, 5.79 ERA), typically used out of the bullpen, is slated to make his third start of the season and fifth of his career Saturday night.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.96 ERA) looks to bounce back from his first loss of the season in which he gave up four home runs in a road start against the Dodgers.

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