Rockies move past Padres, earn share of twin bill

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Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The visiting Colorado Rockies pounced on rookie Padres starter MacKenzie Gore for six runs in 2 1/3 innings Saturday night en route to a 6-2 victory and a split day/night doubleheader in San Diego.

The Padres won 2-1 in 10 innings in Game 1 when ghost runner Manny Machado scored from second on crazy pitch and a two-out pitching error from Rockies catcher Elias Diaz.

Rockies pitchers limited the Padres to seven hits over the two games.

Rockies starter Kyle Freeland (2-5) held the Padres to two runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings to win the last drink.

Gore (4-2) entered Game 2 with a 1.50 ERA, which led all Major League rookies. He allowed six runs on five hits and four walks, with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings in the second-shortest start by a Padre this season. His ERA jumped to 2.50.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead against Gore in the second inning of the nightcap, then opened it with five runs in the third, thanks to four straight hits to open the inning.

Yonathan Daza opened the second with a field single and scored as Gore walked three straight with two outs.

Brendan Rodgers opened the third with a brace and scored on CJ Cron’s next single. Singles by Daza and Randal Grichuk brought Cron home. Daza scored to make it 4-0 on Ryan McMahon’s sacrifice ball.

Gore left after walking Garrett Hampson in a second straight inning before Diaz hosted reliever Craig Stammen with an RBI single. Hampson scored on a Charlie Blackmon groundout.

Luke Voit produced both runs for the Padres on a fourth-inning groundout and a sixth-inning double.

–Field level media

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