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Dismal Road Rockies lose to Padres, match season’s low water level – The Denver Post

The Rockies, who not too long ago had visions of making a run towards .500 as Tuesday’s trade deadline nears, are heading to Antarctica instead.

In other words, they go south.

Monday night at Petco Park, they were one.

The Padres ambushed the Rockies and starter Antonio Senzatela for three runs in the first inning. ‘Senza’ tied in after that and started a good game.

It didn’t matter. The Rockies’ road offense was mostly an absence — again — and the Padres led their first inning to a 4-1 victory.

Colorado didn’t hit a home run, which is no surprise. They’ve only hit 29 homers on the road, the fewest in the majors.

The Rockies are 3-8 since the All-Star break and with a 46-58 record they have dropped 12 games below .500, tying their season low. The Padres (58-46) remain at the heart of the National League wild card race.

San Diego left fielder Jurickson Profar led the first with a home run to right center on Senzatela’s second pitch of the game, a 1-0 fastball.

Then Manny Machado ripped a double left, Jake Cronenworth walked and Luke Voit’s out to second baseman Brendan Rodgers moved Machado up to third. Rodgers had a chance for a possible double play — or at the very least a chance to get the runner on second — but Rodgers blew the ball up and had to settle for the out early.

It was a costly mistake because Wil Myer’s pitch off shortstop Jose Iglesias tagged Machado and Nomar Mazara’s odd infielder hit ricocheted off the first base sack, scoring Cronenworth.

Senzatela, who began to mix up his pitches, sailed for his next five innings and finished the night allowing just five hits while striking out five. He walked three, posting a streak of hitting two or fewer in 28 straight starts dating back to July 1 of last season, the longest streak in franchise history.

The Padres veered on a bonus run in the eighth on the home run with a Trent Grisham out against reliever Carlos Estevez. The right-hander threw a 3-2 fastball at 98.5mph to Grisham – a good pitch – but Grisham powered it to left center for his 11th homer of the season.

Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger dominated the Rockies for seven innings. He allowed five hits, fanned six and walked none.

Colorado’s only point came in sixth. Jose Iglesias led off with a double, moved to third on CJ Cron’s right-hand single and scored on Rodgers’ sacrificial volley to deep right field.

On Tuesday, the Rockies and Padres will play a scheduled doubleheader, part of a five-game, four-day series at Petco.

On the bridge

RHP Rockies José Urena (1-3, 4.67 MPM) and RHP Ryan Feltner (1-3, 5.59) at Padres TBA
Doubleheader, 2:10 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Petco Park
Radio: 850AM/94.1FM

Rockies manager Bud Black said Monday he has yet to decide whether Urena or Feltner will start in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Urena, so good in his first three starts for the Rockies, got a bombardment by the Dodgers Thursday at Coors Field. With his AWOL command, he allowed 10 runs (seven earned) on eight hits and three walks while striking out twice in more than three innings. He gave up several runs in each of the first two innings, then failed to register an out and put four runners on board in the fourth before Austin Gomber was brought in to replace him.

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