Blackmon, Rockies pass brooms to Padres

DENVER – Pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon hit a game-defining single in the ninth inning as the Colorado Rockies overcame Fernando Tatis Jr.’s sweeping home run to beat the San Diego Padres 8-7 on Wednesday night.

Tatis hit a 477-foot home run, the longest of his career, to take the NL lead with 21 hits from four corners. He also doubled but couldn’t stop the Padres from reaching 13 losses in their last 17 games.

The intense heat at Coors Field contributed to an offensive day in which both teams combined to hit five home runs and 23 hits. No starter came out of the fourth inning alive.

After an error in the ninth inning helped the Padres tie the game, the Rockies won it when Trevor Story negotiated a ticket to open the bottom of the inning against Austin Adams (2-1), ripped off the middle and scored. with Blackmon’s unstoppable to center field on a 1-2 count.

Story doubled twice, stole two bases and scored three times.

Raimel Tapia racked up three hits to reach 13 straight games with at least one hit, the longest streak of his career, and CJ Cron homered for the second time in the series for the Rockies.

The Rockies held a 7-6 lead in the ninth, but Carlos Estévez (2-0) walked the first two batters of the inning and second baseman’s Brendan Rodgers throwing error allowed the Padres to even the score. with a sacrifice fly.

For the Rockies, Venezuelans Elías Díaz 3-3 with one produced and one scored; Yonathan Daza 4-1 with one produced and one scored. Raimel Tapia 5-3 with two runs scored.

For the Padres, the Dominicans Fernando Tatis Jr. 4-2 with two RBIs and two runs; Manny Machado 4-2 with one RBI and one scored; Webster Rivas 2-0. Puerto Rican Victor Caratini 1-0.