DENVER (AP)Wil Myers homered and Garrett Richards led a committee of pitchers that scattered seven hits as the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 on Monday night.
Even as San Diego capped a series of roster additions ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, it was mostly holdovers providing the pitching and pop in the Padres’ latest victory.
Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run triple, Eric Hosmer had an RBI double and Jurickson Profar delivered an RBI single among his three hits, helping the Padres take three of four in the series. It was San Diego’s fifth shutout in Denver and first since April 12, 2017.
”It’s huge,” Tatis said. ”We can separate a little bit from them. They’re really close and it’s a short season so every game matters. We’ve just got to keep pushing. The job’s not done yet.”
Daniel Murphy’s seventh-inning double represented the only extra-base hit for the Rockies, who lost a fourth consecutive home series. It was the second time this season they were shut out and the first time at home.
The Padres did offer a glimpse of their remade roster, starting newly acquired first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland and catcher Austin Nola. Back-end reliever Trevor Rosenthal came on to pitch the ninth.
All three were acquired as part of six trades since Saturday involving 27 players, 10 of whom along with a player to be named wound up with the Padres. San Diego is making a push over the final four weeks of the pandemic-shortened season to end a playoff drought stretching back to 2006 – and the front office made another big splash Monday.
The aggressive Padres landed pitcher Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer swap with Cleveland, bolstering their rotation in a rare deadline deal between contenders. The cost was a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges.
”We welcome everybody with open arms,” Tatis said. ”We’re all here to help the team. That’s the cause – just enjoy the game and play together as one.”
Richards, who could not get out of the first inning in his last start Thursday against Seattle, returned to pitch on fewer than four days’ rest for just the third time in his career. He went the first 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Adrian Morejon (1-0), who allowed four hits in three innings for his first major league win.
Pierce Johnson, Drew Pomeranz and Rosenthal finished up.
”From Garrett all the way to Rosenthal, you come in here with the lineup they have, and to be able to put up a shutout, those guys were outstanding,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. ”Equally impressive and I have to mention is the way Nola controlled the game, called the game and received tonight for the first time with those guys. He’s super sharp, understands the game. I’m just blown away with the baseball IQ.”
Colorado starter German Marquez (2-5) lost a career-high fourth consecutive decision. He went six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits, including Myers’ ninth home run leading off the fourth.
”I think fastball command was a big part of his downfall tonight,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. ”His stuff is fine, he’s just not hitting spots. I’m not worried about the arm, I’m just worried about location, and he’s not making enough good pitches in the most critical times.”
Nola and Profar each singled ahead of the third-inning triple by Tatis. Manny Machado followed with a sacrifice fly.
The last three innings were played in a steady drizzle.
Padres: Morejon was reinstated from the injured list and RHP David Bednar was recalled from the alternate training site. Moreland, Nola and C Jason Castro were also added to the 28-man roster.
Rockies: Placed INF Brendan Rodgers on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder capsular strain and optioned LHP James Pazos to the alternate training site.
RHP Mychal Givens, acquired in a trade with Baltimore, was added to the active roster and the Rockies recalled RHP Antonio Santos from the alternate site. In another move ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, Colorado acquired OF Kevin Pillar from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash, as well as international signing pool space.
Padres: After an off day Tuesday, the Padres visit the Los Angeles Angels with RHP Dinelson Lamet set to start the opener Wednesday.
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (2-3, 5.45 ERA) is set to pitch the series opener Tuesday night against San Francisco. He is 1-5 in 11 career starts against the Giants, including 0-2 with an 8.20 ERA in four starts at Coors Field.
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