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It has been a long time since the Rockies have been able to string together some wins and despite an ugly game played on Tuesday, the Rockies pulled out the win. They got down three runs early and the bullpen gave up some runs late, but with the offense hitting the best they have in quite some time, they were able to take a classic Coors field game from the Padres.
Antonio Senzatela came back to the rotation after a couple starts in AAA and his bullpen stint and was decent, not great, but decent. He gave up three quick runs in the first because of three hits and a walk, but his team gave him run support, as they have done all year long.
Mark Reynolds tied the game up on a three-run homer in the bottom of the first after Padres pitcher Timet walked two. It was Reynolds 20th of the year and turned an ugly first into a side note for what would be a high scoring game.
Senzatela would give up another run in the fifth, his final inning, to have a final line of five innings, four runs (three earned), with three walks and two strikeouts. He was certainly not as good as he has been in the past, but it was solid enough to keep the Padres from running away with it and the offense made sure to support the bullpen through their struggles.
With Senzatela out, Rusin came on and was not his usual self. Rusin recorded only two outs while allowing three hits and two runs in one of his worst performances of the year. Luckily for him, the Rockies scored four in the bottom of the fifth to give themselves a 7-4 lead. The two runs made it a one run game, but again, the offense rallied for a couple.
With a score of 7-6, a bloop double by Parra scored the first run of the inning and Cargo’s second hit of the game gave the Rockies a 9-6 lead. It was Parra’s second hit of the game and he has had an RBI in each game since coming off the DL. Along with him, Cargo’s two hits were hopefully a sign of him coming out of his season long slump, though we will just have to wait and see.
Greg Holland came on for the ninth inning with a two run lead and struck out the side. It was an easy, stress-free save that gave him his 30th of the year. Along with the game win, the Rockies take the series and can now go for the sweep during Wednesday’s day game. Jon Gray will look to rebound to give the Rockies a sweep of the Padres and perhaps even overtake the DBacks for the wild card lead.