Antonio Senzatela’s stellar start lifts Rockies over Padres to win series at Coors Field – The Denver Post

Simple math: A combined 2.00 ERA by their starting pitchers has laid the foundation for the Rockies’ 6-2 start to the truncated 2020 season.

Right-hander Antonio Senzatela became the latest member of the rotation to confound the opposition. Deftly mixing his pitches — and fooling batters with a nasty curveball — Senzatela allowed one run over six innings in Colorado’s 9-6 victory over San Diego Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

The Rockies hit three home runs: a solo liner that eeked over the right-field wall by Daniel Murphy in the second; a two-run blast down the left-field line by Matt Kemp in the fourth; and a two-run homer to dead center by Ryan McMahon in the sixth.

The Rockies cranked out 12 hits and Murphy tied his career-high with four hits, the 22nd time in his career he’s done that.

Senzatela (2-0, 2.45 ERA) fanned six and walked just one. He was stressed in just one inning, the sixth, when San Diego’s Jake Cronenworth led off with a triple and scored on Manny Machado’s two-out double. Senzatela needed only 86 pitches ((57 strikes) to maneuver through his outing.

The weak link for the Rockies was their bullpen. Lefty James Pazos let San Diego back in the game in the eighth, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk. He left the bases full for Carlos Estevez, who was ripped for a three-run triple off the right-field wall by Wil Myers.

San Diego added another run off Estevez in the ninth before Jairo Diaz came in to throw just one pitch to Manny Machado, who popped out to right to end the game.

Colorado, which has won each of its first three series, opens a four-game set against the San Francisco Giants beginning Monday night at Coors Field.

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