Padres-Rockies Preview

The Associated PressAugust 13, 2013

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.

Jedd Gyorko broke out of an 11-for-83 (.133) slump by going 2 for 4 with a homer in the opener, while Jaff Decker added his first big-league home run.

He's 1 for 6 in two starts in left field since Carlos Quentin went on the disabled list.