Rockies offense awakens, Colorado wins 4-2 in San Diego

DJ LeMahieu after his huge home run. Credit: Jake Roth, USA Today Sports.

The Colorado Rockies have been ice-cold lately, but they finally broke out of the slump on Saturday night in San Diego.

Their three-run fourth inning help push Colorado to the 4-2 victory after going 21 innings without a single score, getting their first win of the series over the Padres.

San Diego jumped out to the 1-0 lead when Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run in the second inning.

Finally, though, after 21 innings of scoreless baseball, DJ LeMahieu hit a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the fourth. That tied the game up 1-1, but it just got the Rockies going. Nolan Arenado hit a single, Trevor Story a double and Matt Holliday hit a single of his own in succession to push Colorado ahead 3-1, mid-fourth.

Meanwhile, the fourth wasn’t over yet; Jon Gray gave up a second, solo home run of the game to Renfroe and just like that it was 3-2, Rockies. That was followed by a hard-hit double by Austin Hedges as Gray struggled a bit, but he worked his way out of the fourth with a narrow, one-run lead.

In the top of the sixth, the Rockies put together a three-single inning; Story, Holliday and Ian Desmond all earned hits and the final one sent Story across the plate to push the lead back to 4-2, Colorado.

Gray worked six innings giving up seven hits but only two runs, with one strikeout and one walk. Those homers from Renfroe hurt, but he was able to still earn the win.

The Rockies finished off the Padres to end their two-game losing streak.

The Rockies improved to 73-62, tying the Los Angeles Dodgers for second in the NL West, one game back of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Colorado finishes their series in San Diego Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 p.m. MST.