Ryan McMahon’s eighth-inning homer lifts Rockies past Padres


Prior to Saturday night’s game, Rockies’ third baseman Ryan McMahon was talking about his slump and how he was trying to dig his way out of it.

“It’s usually not caring (about the slump) and just relaxing and going out and playing the game,” he said. “It’s hard to do, but at the end of the day this isn’t a try-hard league, this is a get-(stuff)-done league.”

McMahon certainly got stuff done against the Padres.

His solo homer to right field in the eighth inning off Luis Garcia lifted the Rockies to a 5-4 win over San Diego, their ninth consecutive win over the Padres at Coors Field. McMahon went 3-for-3 with a walk.

It was McMahon’s fifth home run but his first since May 16, a stretch of 106 at-bats. He entered Saturday’s game 1-for-12 with five strikeouts on the current homestand. Over his last 27 games, he had slashed .161/.262/.226.

The Rockies received stellar work from relievers Jhoulys Chacin, Alex Colome and closer Daniel Bard, who combined for four scoreless innings.

San Diego threatened in the ninth, putting two on against Bard, but he struck out National League MVP candidate Manny Machado looking and got Luke Voit to ground out to second to end the game. Bard notched his 14th save of the season.

All of Colorado’s runs came via home runs. Sluggers C.J. Cron and Charlie Blackmon both hit long, two-run homers to account for Colorado’s early runs.

Blackmon led off the first with a two-out double and trotted him home on Cron’s 429-foot homer to left off San Diego starter Nick Martinez. It was Cron’s 17th long ball of the season and his third in the last two games.

Blackmon, who’s been on a tear in June, hit the ball 438 feet and into the second deck above right field in the fifth off Martinez. Blackmon’s 11th homer of the season scored Yonathan Daza, who had led off with a single, and tied the game 4-4.

At times Saturday night starter German Marquez looked like the all-star from a year ago, getting big strikeouts in key moments utilizing his knuckle curve. He gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings, striking out seven and walking two.


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