The last time the Colorado Rockies won five straight games following a 1-9 road swing, they made a run all the way to the World Series.
While that seems highly unlikely this time around, they're playing with some confidence at Coors Field.
After dropping nine of 10 on their recent trip, the Rockies will try for their fifth consecutive victory Tuesday night when they host the sinking San Diego Padres .
Colorado (56-64) was eight back following a 1-9 road trip from June 22-July 1, 2007, before going 51-30 the rest of the way that season en route to their first NL pennant.
Being 13 games behind the Dodgers in the West and 11 behind Cincinnati in mid-August this season - with multiple teams in between - is a far different story, but the Rockies will take the field Tuesday going for their longest winning streak since an eight-game tear April 12-20.
Nolan Arenado matched a career high with four hits and DJ LeMahieu added three with a homer to help Colorado win for the 11th time in 14 games against San Diego (53-65) with an 14-2 victory in Monday's series opener."Everything is clicking the last four games, everything," LeMahieu said. "Offense, baserunning, and our defense was great tonight. Our pitching was great tonight. Put all four of those things together, we're a pretty tough team to beat."
After putting up a season-best run total Monday, the Rockies have scored 33 while hitting .338 during their current win streak and are batting .328 and averaging 7.4 runs in eight home games versus the Padres.
Arenado is batting .424 during a nine-game hitting streak, while Dexter Fowler is batting .472 with 14 RBIs over a 12-game home hitting streak against San Diego.
Colorado, however, hasn't been able to solve San Diego starter Eric Stults (8-10, 3.50 ERA), who seeks his third win against the Rockies this season.
Stults allowed two runs - one earned - over seven innings in a 4-2 victory at Coors Field on June 8 and limited Colorado to four hits while going the distance in a 2-1 home win July 9.
The left-hander, though, has given up 17 runs - 11 earned - over 24 2-3 innings while going 0-3 in four starts since the All-Star break. He also has an 8.05 ERA while dropping four straight road outings.
Stults gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings Wednesday before Baltimore scored seven runs off the San Diego bullpen in the final two innings for a 10-3 victory.
The Padres hope to avoid their sixth loss in seven games as they get their first look at Jeff Manship (0-1, 3.60).
Manship earned another start after allowing two runs and four hits over five innings in a 2-1 road loss to the Mets on Thursday. He's filling in for Tyler Chatwood , who may be out until September due to inflammation in his right elbow.
Manship will try to hold down a San Diego team that has totaled 13 runs while hitting .196 over its last six games.
He's 1 for 6 in two starts in left field since Carlos Quentin went on the disabled list.
|Jorge De La Rosa||0||.000||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|San Diego Padres|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Quentin||15-Day DL||Right knee strain|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|August 08, 2013||Christian Friedrich||60-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||15-Day DL||Sprained right middle finger|
|August 01, 2013||Tyler Chatwood||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 01, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 23, 2013||Drew Pomeranz||15-Day DL||Left bicep tendinitis|
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies came out swinging and put San Diego in an early deficit.
Unlike Monday, the Padres answered the challenge.
Nick Hundley homered and drove in two runs, Will Venable had three hits, and San Diego rallied to beat the Rockies 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Jedd Gyorko also went deep for the second straight night for the Padres, who rebounded from a 14-2 loss to the Rockies on Monday.
"You can't completely wash it out," Gyorko said. "We showed resiliency to fight back the way we did."
San Diego beat the Rockies for just the fourth time in 15 games this season.
Charlie Culberson had two hits and two RBIs, and Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu also had two hits each for Colorado, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
The Padres got the win despite an uncharacteristic start from left-hander Eric Stults , who was 3-0 with a 3.35 ERA in six career starts against the Rockies. He had been dominant against them this season, going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA, but that changed in a hurry.
The first four batters reached for Colorado in the first inning, with Wilin Rosario delivering a two-run, bases-loaded single to center to make it 2-1.
One out later, Todd Helton and Culberson had RBI singles to stretch the lead to 4-1.
"When teams are aggressive and you leave the ball generally good things aren't going to happen for you," Stults said. "They put some good swings on them, I put myself in a hole early on."
The four earned runs in one inning were double what Stults had previously allowed in 16 innings against Colorado this season.
San Diego couldn't do much against Jhoulys Chacin on Monday, but the Padres jumped on Jeff Manship (0-2) in the second inning.
Hundley hit a two-run homer, Stults singled and scored on Venable's triple, and Venable came home on Alexi Amarista 's single to give San Diego a 5-4 lead.
Gyorko made it 6-4 in the third with his 12th home run.
"All I can take out of this outing that was positive was just the fact that I was able to get to the fifth and kind of save the bullpen," Manship said. "But all in all, pretty bad performance."
The Rockies loaded the bases with no outs in the third, but came away empty when Charlie Blackmon flied out to shallow center and Manship grounded into a double play.
"Big double play in the third with the bases loaded," Stults said. "Just happy for our team, especially after last night where we didn't play that well. To come from behind to win this game was big for us."
The Padres played sloppy on a rain-soaked Monday night. They committed a season-high four errors, starter Edison Volquez was hit hard and the bullpen gave up six runs in the eighth.
It was a much different scene Tuesday.
San Diego played flawless defense and four relievers combined to give up one hit - a broken-bat triple by pinch-hitter Corey Dickerson - in 4 1-3 innings.
"How about that? Bat shattered and went to the wall," manager Bud Black said.
Colorado got within a run in the fifth when Arenado tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly, but the Padres made it 7-5 on Ronny Cedeno 's RBI single in the sixth.
Stults left after Blackmon singled with two outs in the fifth and missed his chance for the victory. Tim Stauffer (2-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win.
"After the first inning started going to the fastball more, which was great," Black said of Stults. "It's a bummer he couldn't get Blackmon out to get through five."
Huston Street got the final four outs for his 23rd save.
"The strength of the Padres team for so many years has been the bullpen," Street said. "There's a reason I don't have to pitch many four-out saves."
Notes: Venable extended his hitting streak to 10 games. It ties the longest streak of his career, which he did in September 2010. ... Colorado manager Walt Weiss said Rosario tweaked his right hamstring running the bases in the first but was able to stay in the game. ... Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer rejoined the team after missing two games due to an illness. He wasn't in the starting lineup but pinch-hit in the fifth inning. ... Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (elbow inflammation) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session when the team is in Baltimore this weekend. ... San Diego will send RHP Andrew Cashner (8-6) against LHP Jorge De La Rosa (11-6) in Wednesday's finale of the three-game series.