DENVER -- Just as they did a night earlier, the San Diego Padres fell behind the Colorado Rockies early.
But unlike Monday when the Padres absorbed a humiliating beating, they quickly counterpunched Tuesday night, grabbed the lead and held on to beat the Rockies 7-5.
Padres starter Eric Stults was knocked out in the fifth inning, but the bullpen kept the Rockies at bay as four relievers combined to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings and allow one hit.
That was a triple by pinch-hitter Corey Dickerson with two outs in the eighth, ending a string of nine consecutive Rockies batters who were retired without hitting the ball out of the infield. Dickerson shattered his bat on a pitch from Luke Gregerson, but the ball still one-hopped the base of the right field wall.
Padres manager Bud Black brought in closer Huston Street to face Dexter Fowler and Street got him to bounce out to second. Street retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 24 chances.
"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."
The Padres fell behind 4-1 in the first when Stults faltered but struck for four runs in the second to take a lead they never relinquished as they rebounded from a 14-2 beating on Monday.
"I really like the way the guys responded after the Rockies put up a four-spot on Stultsy," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I like that we jumped right back on them."
Rockies starter Jeff Manship, who allowed eight hits and six runs in five innings, gave up his second homer in three innings when Jedd Gyorko led off the third with his 12th of the season, giving the Padres a 6-4 lead.
"I just wasn't executing anything, really," Manship said. "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. But all in all, pretty bad performance."
The Rockies parlayed five singles and a walk into four first-inning runs and a 4-1 lead.
Wilin Rosario drove in two runs but strained his right hamstring running the bases. Todd Helton and Charlie Culberson each had one RBI against Stults, who threw 28 pitches, just 16 strikes, in the inning. Stults was able to strand runners at first and second by retiring Blackmon on a pop-out and Manship on a grounder to second.
Yonder Alonso singled home a run with two out in the first and the Padres hit Manship hard during a 28-pitch second. Jaff Decker led off with a walk, followed by Nick Hundley's two-run homer on a fastball that ran back over the plate. Stults singled with one out and scored when Will Venable tripled on a high changeup -- the ball rolling around the right-field corner. Venable scored when Alexi Amarista lined a high slider for a single that whizzed past Manship's head, causing him to duck.
"One of the frustrating things about today was I really didn't make an adjustment when I needed to," Manship said. "I'm telling myself, 'You're flying open' and just not making the adjustment."
Manship batted with the bases loaded in the third and grounded into an inning-ending double play. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said because Rosario had strained his right hamstring, having backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba pinch-hit wasn't an option because Rosario might have to come out. And Weiss said Michael Cuddyer "really wasn't available," although he did pinch-hit in the fifth after being home ill for two days.
"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."
NOTES: Cuddyer returned to Coors Field after being away two days with a severe stomach virus that caused him to lose six pounds. Weiss said he will start Cuddyer on Wednesday afternoon. ... Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (right elbow inflammation) tossed from 90 feet, as he did Monday, and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session when the Rockies are in Baltimore over the weekend. He last pitched July 31. ... Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado extended his career-high hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the third. ... Venable led off the game with a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, tying his career high. ... Gyroko's 12th home run tied him with Josh Barfield for the most by a rookie second baseman in Padres history. Barfield hit 12 homers as a second baseman in 2006 and 13 overall. ... Padres OF Jaff Decker on Monday became the 11th player in franchise history whose first career hit was a home run. Eddy Rodriguez and Yasmani Grandal accomplished the feat in 2012, with Grandal also doing it at Coors Field.