may be on a torrid home run pace, but even he isn't that impressed with his totals.
''I'll see where the numbers are at the end of the year because May means nothing,'' he said.
Gonzalez hit his major-league leading 20th home run,
struck out a season-high nine and the
San Diego Padres
5-2 on Sunday.
had two hits each for Colorado, which lost for the first time under interim manager
, who replaced the fired
Gonzalez's 20 home runs by June 1 are the most in franchise history. The previous record was 17 by
in 1988 and
''What he does at the plate is very impressive. It doesn't surprise me,'' San Diego manager
said. ''I've seen it too often.''
also homered and
recorded his 15th save in 16 chances for the Padres, who salvaged the final game of the three-game series.
Gonzalez and Hairston backed up a strong pitching performance from their starter. Gaudin (2-3) struck out eight through four
innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He allowed consecutive one-out singles to
and Torrealba, but pinch-hitter
looked at strike three and Tulowitzki was caught stealing at third to end the inning.
Black and Gaudin agreed that was a turning point in the game.
''At that time it's 4-0,'' Black said. ''In this park, 4-0 is like 1-0.''
Gaudin allowed two runs on seven hits and didn't walk a batter in 6 2-3 innings.
''I was locating my fastball and getting ahead of hitters,'' said Gaudin, whose career high in strikeouts is 11. ''When you
do that it allows you to expand the zone and get guys to chase.''
Gaudin didn't walk a batter for the first time in seven starts this year.
''You could tell right from the first two batters the fastball had some life to it,'' Black said. ''A lot of times when you
have life you might not have the command, but he had the command and the life.''
Jorge De La Rosa
(0-6) gave up four runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked three.
''He elevated fastballs,'' Tracy said.
The game was scoreless until the third. With one out, Tony Gwynn Jr. singled to left and
doubled down the right-field line to put runners on second and third. Gonzalez then drove De La Rosa's 0-2 fastball over the
390-foot sign in left to give the Padres a 3-0.
''He was trying to throw a fastball up,'' Gonzalez said. ''I was able to get on top of it. I was able to stay behind it and
hit a home run.''
They made it 4-0 in the fifth when
's two-out double off the left-field wall scored Hairston, but the Rockies escaped further damage when Gonzalez was thrown
out at home trying to score from first.
Hairston led off the seventh with his seventh homer to make it 5-0.
The Rockies broke through in the bottom of the inning.
and Hawpe led off with singles, and Atkins moved to third on
's fly out to right. Hairston dropped Tulowitzki's routine fly to center, allowing Atkins to score from third, and
singled to drive in Hawpe and make it 5-2.
relieved Gaudin and got the last two outs to end the rally.
''We haven't swept a series this year and that would have been nice to do,'' Rockies first baseman
said. ''That pitcher threw the ball really well today. He was locating his pitches and he didn't give us too much to hit.
I was very impressed by the way he threw the ball today.''
Notes: Gonzalez reached the 20 home run mark in 50 games. Last year he hit his 20th home run in 73 games on his way to a career-high
36 homers. .... Gonzalez leads the majors with 15 road homers. ... Black said RHP
(right ankle tendinitis) will make his scheduled start Tuesday against Philadelphia.