Padres at Rockies
The Colorado Rockies have recorded consecutive wins for the first time in four-plus weeks and attempt to continue to dig out of a deep decline when they host the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Colorado lost 15 of 20 games as it fell out of contention in the National League West but has scored 22 runs in the back-to-back victories, including a 9-6 triumph Monday in the opener of a three-game set.
All-Star Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4 with a homer for the Rockies on Monday for his seventh multi-hit performance of the month. Blackmon, who is riding a 12-game hitting streak, is batting .382 with five blasts in 55 at-bats in July. San Diego has won seven of its last 11 contests despite falling in the opener of a seven-game road trip. Hector Sanchez homered for the third straight game, and six of his 10 hits for the Padres this season have been long balls. Wil Myers went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the opener, and his deep slump this month includes a .190 average with no homers or RBIs.
TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, FSN San Diego, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountains (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Dinelson Lamet (3-3, 5.93 ERA) vs. Rockies RH Antonio Senzatela (9-3, 4.63)
Lamet has struck out 55 in just 41 innings but also has been touched for 10 homers over his first eight major-league starts. He has dominated right-handed batters (.135 average against) but has struggled to retire lefties (.306). Lamet, who turns 25 years old on Tuesday, lost to Cleveland in his last turn as he gave up six runs - five earned - and six hits in four innings.
Senzatela is being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and will make his first big-league start since June 22. The 22-year-old was 7-1 with a 3.19 ERA through 10 starts before he began struggling as he posted an 8.54 ERA during a five-start stretch. Senzatela defeated the Padres twice this season, recording a 2.77 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 13 innings.
1. Rockies RF Carlos Gonzalez was benched for the opener as he is 4-for-27 since returning from a shoulder injury.
2. San Diego C Austin Hedges (concussion) could return Tuesday after a three-game absence.
3. Colorado optioned LHP Zac Rosscup to Albuquerque and recalled RHP Jairo Diaz.