Facing the Colorado Rockies hasn't hurt them either.
Maybin looks to continue his surprising tear at the plate as the Padres go for their longest single-season road winning streak against the Rockies in 11 years Saturday night.
San Diego (62-71) has won 10 of 11, including four in a row on the road after opening this three-game set with a 5-4 victory Friday.
"The list goes on of guys who are playing good baseball, and we're finding some consistency," said Will Venable , who is hitting .447 with 11 runs over the past 10 games.
Maybin continues to be at the top of that list after collecting three hits Friday. The center fielder is batting .459 in his last 11 games, raising his season average 23 points to .234.
He has a .323 average with nine extra-base hits, including three homers, in 17 career visits to Coors Field, but is 1 for 8 against Jhoulys Chacin , Saturday's scheduled starter.
The Padres have also found success against Colorado (53-77), winning eight of 13 meetings this year, including five of the last six. They're trying to win four in a row in a single season at Coors Field for the first time since 2001.
San Diego is expected to turn to Edinson Volquez (9-9, 4.10), who has won his last two starts while allowing three runs and nine hits with 17 strikeouts over 13 2-3 innings.
The right-hander allowed two runs in the opening inning Sunday before throwing six scoreless, while yielding four hits with seven strikeouts in a 5-4 victory at Arizona.
"Sometimes it takes some pitches to get your arm loose and get the ball where you want it," Volquez said.
That hasn't been the case in both of his season meetings with the Rockies, winning both behind a 2.38 ERA. Volquez battled through his last visit to Coors Field on June 30, throwing 117 pitches in six innings while allowing two runs - one earned - and three hits with eight strikeouts and six walks in an 8-4 victory.
Wilin Rosario continues to be a bright spot for Colorado, batting .333 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 10 games after getting two hits Friday, including a solo shot. The catcher's 23 homers lead Colorado and all NL rookies.
He owns a .346 average with three home runs and eight RBIs in eight meetings with San Diego this year.
Chacin (1-4, 5.55) aims to turn in a third strong performance since his return from right shoulder inflammation, which kept him on the disabled list for over two months.
The right-hander won in his return Aug. 21, allowing one run and four hits in six innings of a 6-2 victory at New York. He followed that up with another strong performance at Chicago on Sunday, but was the hard-luck loser in a 5-0 rain-shortened contest after yielding one run in five innings.
Chacin is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts - all at home - against the Padres.
|San Diego Padres|
|August 23, 2012||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|August 17, 2012||Nick Hundley||Day-to-Day||Bruised right knee|
|August 16, 2012||Nick Hundley||60-Day DL||Bruised right knee|
|August 11, 2012||Huston Street||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|July 31, 2012||Yasmani Grandal||15-Day DL||Strained oblique|
|July 31, 2012||Yasmani Grandal||15-Day DL||Strained oblique|
|August 22, 2012||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Left game - right ankle injury|
|August 20, 2012||Eric Young||15-Day DL||Left intercostal strain|
|August 19, 2012||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|August 19, 2012||Josh Rutledge||Day-to-Day||Left game - left quad tightness|
|August 14, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Chest soreness|
|August 06, 2012||Todd Helton||60-Day DL||Torn labrum, right hip|
DENVER (AP) -- In his pre-game bullpen session, Jhoulys Chacin had trouble getting the ball over the plate. He had no problem when the pitches really counted.
Chacin pitched seven strong innings in his third start since returning from the disabled list, Dexter Fowler hit his first career grand slam, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Saturday night.
Tyler Colvin also homered and doubled to drive in three runs to help the Rockies cool off the Padres, who had won 10 of their previous 11.
"It really wasn't a good bullpen," Chacin said "I was throwing too many balls. Then, I got to the game and I just let the ball go, doing what I've been doing and having fun. My arm just feels good. My body feels good. I'm throwing the ball for strikes and getting quick outs."
Chacin (2-4) allowed one run on five hits for his second win this season, both of them coming since his Aug. 21 return after more than three months on the DL because of inflammation in his pitching (right) shoulder. He struck out four and walked two.
It was the first time a Rockies starting pitcher had gone seven innings since the team instituted its unorthodox four-man rotation with a roughly 75-pitch limit per outing June 19 (Chacin had 74 pitches). The last starter to go that long in a game was Christian Friedrich on June 4 against Arizona.
"He was unbelievable," Fowler said of Chacin. "That's the best I've seen him, so it's a bright side, especially coming off the injury."
Said Chacin: "When you've got 75 pitches, the only thing you can do is try to throw strikes and get quick outs. I was able to do that today and that's why I was able to go seven innings."
Edinson Volquez (9-10) went 4 2-3 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits in losing to the Rockies for the first time in three starts this season. He struck out five and walked three.
Volquez said he put his pitches where he wanted them for the most part.
"It was good. Down in the zone," Volquez said when asked about his pitching command. He said the Rockies had a "lot of bloopers. That happens sometimes. You can't complain. It's part of the game."
The Rockies went in front in the first inning when Carlos Gonzalez doubled and scored on Wilin Rosario 's single.
Colvin made it 2-0 when he led off the second with his 16th homer of the season, driving the first offering from Volquez over the center field wall.
The Rockies added three more runs in the fifth. Josh Rutledge singled - one of his three hits on the night - and Rosario walked before Colvin lined a double to left to score both of them. After Jordan Pacheco walked, Chris Nelson lined an RBI single to left, chasing Volquez.
The Padres got on the board when Will Venable led off the sixth with a home run, his ninth of the season.
But the Rockies more than offset that in their half of the eighth, loading the bases with help from a fielding error by shortstop Alexi Amarista and a bloop pinch-hit single by Jason Giambi . Fowler followed with a drive off reliever Miles Mikolas that cleared the center field wall for his 13th homer of the season.
"It felt awesome, especially sitting there 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and not feeling like I had contributed at all. So it was good to get a hit there," Fowler said.
NOTES: Pitchers Andrew Cashner and Joe Thatcher have been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list by the Padres. Thatcher, a left-hander, is expected to work out of the bullpen while Cashner could see duty both as a reliever and starter in the final month of the season. ... LHP Jeff Francis (5-4) pitches Sunday's series finale against the Padres' RHP Casey Kelly (1-0). ... In addition to activating first baseman Jason Giambi from the 15-day disabled list following his recovery from a viral infection, the Rockies recalled right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso from their Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. ... Jordan Pacheco extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a one-out double in the fourh inning.