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Blackmon hits two-run homer, Rockies hold off Padres

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The Canadian Press
7/9/2014 12:29:02 AM
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DENVER - Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer and Franklin Morales pitched effectively into the sixth inning, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Tuesday night.

Morales (5-4) turned in another solid outing since being reinserted into the starting rotation on July 3. The lefty surrendered four hits and one run before being removed for a reliever with two outs in the sixth.

Tyson Ross (7-9) was just as sharp, his only mistake a slider up in the zone to Blackmon in the third. Ross went six innings and allowed six hits.

Ross made the All-Star team, but won't pitch since he's scheduled to start Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will attend the festivities.

Blackmon, also making his first appearance at the Midsummer Classic, had a double to go with his 13th homer of the season.

Rene Rivera homered for the Padres in the sixth. Chris Denorfia had three hits.

Colorado's bullpen held San Diego's bats at bay over the final three innings to preserve the win for Morales. It was just the fourth victory by a Rockies starter in the last 25 games and first by someone other than Jorge De La Rosa over that stretch.

The Rockies received a scare in the ninth when left fielder Corey Dickerson rolled over his wrist trying to make a diving catch on pinch-hitter Seth Smith's two-out double. Dickerson stayed in the game after being checked on by a trainer and manager Walt Weiss. LaTroy Hawkins got the next batter, Denorfia, to fly out to end the game and earn his 16th save in 17 chances.

Morales started the season in the rotation, but was bumped to the bullpen after a shaky stretch. The Rockies made him a starter again out of necessity when Christian Bergman went out with a fractured left wrist.

The 27-year-old Morales has a 1.69 ERA in his last two starts.

Morales cruised along until walking two batters in the fourth. He struck out Cameron Maybin to wiggle out of the situation.

Blackmon gave the Rockies all the runs they would need when he hit a two-run homer into the seats in right. It was his first homer in nearly a month.

Denorfia led off the game with a double, only to be stranded when Morales struck out the side.

Blackmon was left on base after a leadoff double, too. Ross struck out two of three, including Troy Tulowitzki on a called third strike that froze the All-Star shortstop.

NOTES: The Padres will go for their first series win at Coors Field in two years on Wednesday. LHP Eric Stults (3-11) goes for the Padres while the Rockies counter with RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-1), who experienced tightness in his chest after his last start at Coors on the Fourth of July. ... Ross and Morales both threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (left index finger) could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday. He's been out since June 4. ... RHP Eddie Butler (rotator cuff) threw around 60 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday.

Charlie Blackmon  (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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