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Grichuk, Cron power Rockies to 8-5 win over Padres

Colorado won the series over San Diego on Thursday afternoon.
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Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias, center fielder Yonathan Daza and right fielder Randal Grichuk, from left, celebrate the team's win in a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, July 14, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Randal Grichuk doubled twice and drove in three runs, C.J. Cron had two hits in his return to the starting lineup, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-5 on Thursday.

Cron, the Rockies' lone All-Star selection, missed three of the last five games with a wrist injury suffered Friday night at Arizona. He had a pinch-hit single Wednesday night.

The Rockies took three of four from San Diego and have won 13 of 14 against the Padres at Coors Field since the start of last season.

Jhoulys Chacin (4-2) worked two scoreless innings in relief of Kyle Freeland and Carlos Estévez pitched a flawless ninth for his first save. Kris Bryant was activated from the paternity list and went 0 for 4 with a walk.

Cron and Grichuk were instrumental during a three-run sixth inning that put the Rockies ahead for good. Jose Iglesias doubled against reliever Nabil Crismatt (5-2) to make it 6-5. Cron followed with a run-scoring single and Grichuk had a two-out RBI double off Luis Garcia.

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Colorado Rockies' Randal Grichuk follows through with his swing after connecting for a double to drive in two runs off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell in the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 14, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

San Diego's Blake Snell pitched 3 2/3 wild innings, walking six batters and allowing five runs. The Padres issued nine walks on the day.

Grichuk had a two-run double in the second. Snell then walked two batters before Connor Joe's sacrifice fly made it 3-0.

With two outs and a runner on first in the fourth, Snell gave up a single and three more walks to put his team behind 5-2.

The Padres rallied in the fifth. Trent Grisham led off with a homer, and Ha-Seong Kim doubled and scored on Jake Cronenworth’s single that chased Freeland. Cronenworth later scored on Jorge Alfaro’s single off Chacin to tie it.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: RHP Nick Martinez didn’t pitch out of the bullpen for the second straight game. He left Tuesday’s game with a mild ankle sprain suffered while trying to avoid a line drive.

Rockies: RHP Alex Colomé is still day to day with a mild strain at the top of his right hamstring suffered Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Yu Darvish (7-4, 3.38 ERA) will open a three-game home series against Arizona on Friday night.

Rockies: RHP Germán Márquez (5-7, 5.66) will face José Quintana (2-4, 3.59) when Pittsburgh comes to town on Friday night.

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