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Blackmon hits 3-run homer as Rockies beat Padres 5-3

Charlie Blackmon had two hits in his third straight multi-hit game on Tuesday night.
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Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon, front, is congratulated, after hitting a three-run home run, by Randal Grichuk, left, and Connor Joe during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Charlie Blackmon hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, Austin Gomber pitched six strong innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Blackmon’s 14th homer capped a four-pitch rally off right-hander Mike Clevinger that turned the game in the sixth inning. Connor Joe was hit by the first pitch of the inning, and Jose Iglesias dropped a single into right field on the third pitch. Blackmon then hit a 392-foot homer on the fourth for a 4-1 lead.

Blackmon had two hits in his third straight multi-hit game. He is 7 for 16 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs in his last four games.

Gomber (5-7) permitted one run and six hits. Daniel Bard pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.

Clevinger (2-2) retired his first eight batters before Sam Hilliard doubled with two outs in the third. It was the Rockies’ only hit until they tied the game on Garrett Hampson’s two-out single in the fifth.

Hilliard reached on a three-base error when center fielder Trent Grisham could handle his deep fly to the warning track with one out in the seventh inning, and he beat third baseman Manny Machado’s throw home on Jose Iglesias’s slow roller for a 5-1 lead.

The Padres got two runs in the eighth but ran themselves out of a bigger inning. With runners on first and second, Luke Voit was thrown out at third by Hilliard attempting to tag up on a fly to left field. Nomar Mazara and Esteury Ruiz followed with RBI singles, and Ruiz was thrown out attempting to steal third to end the inning.

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