The Streak is Over! Padres Score Runs, Win Game

Friars score 13 times to beat the Rockies

The long national (well, regional) nightmare is over!

After becoming the first team in Major League Baseball history to open a season being shut out three straight times the San Diego Padres went bonkers on offense in a 13-6 win over the Rockies.

The Padres went scoreless in the first three innings, running their season-opening streak of futility to 30 innings. Then the 4th inning happened and offered a moment of catharsis.

Jon Jay laced a single to score Melvin Upton Jr. with the first run of the season and then the proverbial floodgates opened. Cory Spangenberg followed with a 2-run triple … Matt Kemp hit an RBI single … and Yangervis Solarte smoked a 2-run double to give the Padres six runs on six hits in the inning. Keep in mind they only had 11 hits in their opening 3-game series against the Dodgers at Petco Park.

RUNPOCALYPSE 2016 continued the next inning when Kemp struck again, smashing a 3-run home run to left-center field for San Diego’s first homer of 2016. Upton tied Kemp for the team home run lead an inning later when he yanked a 2-run bomb in to the left field bleachers and Solarte capped the scoring with a 2-run double in the 9th inning.

Despite the offensive support, starting pitcher Colin Rea was not able to get a win. He got roughed up by a potent Colorado offense, allowing five run on six hits in just 3.1 innings. Rea was pulled after Rockies rookie Trevor Story launched a 2-run home run, his 5th dinger in four games this season (Story also hit a solo shot in the 9th off Ryan Buchter to run his total to an astonishing six).

Robbie Erlin, just recalled on Friday because lefty Matt Thornton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with Achilles tendinitis, came in and threw extremely well in Colorado. Erlin went 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit to get the Padres’ first win of the season and the first in the young managerial career of Andy Green.

The Padres will go for a series win on Saturday evening when Drew Pomeranz, who started his MLB career as a Rockies starter, takes the hill against fellow lefty Jorge De La Rosa.

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