SAN DIEGO — Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run homer, newly acquired starter Seth Lugo pitched seven strong innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Sunday, salvaging a split of the four-game series after dropping the first two games.
Bogaerts, a new fixture in the powerhouse Padres lineup, homered twice and drove in five runs on six hits in 13 at-bats in the season’s first four games.
The Padres set a new four-game series attendance record at Petco Park (174,915), which opened in 2004, with four consecutive sellouts to open the season.
Lugo, in his first start as a Padre, got out of an early jam in the first inning but then cruised for most of his remaining six innings, striking out seven while giving up four hits and one run. Lugo’s only blemish was giving up a home run in the seventh to Ryan McMahon for the Rockies' only run.
Trent Grisham hit a solo homer in the third inning followed two batters later by Bogaerts' two-run blast to left field for a 3-0 San Diego lead. Both came off Rockies starter Austin Gomber, who gave up four runs and three hits in six innings.
Padres reliever Josh Hader earned his first save of the season, tossing a scoreless ninth inning. Hader was assessed a ball on a clock violation during his outing.
The Rockies' C.J. Cron was 0 for 4 after going 7 for 11 with three home runs and seven RBIs in his first three games.
Padres slugger Juan Soto was hitless in three at-bats and was a assessed a strike on a time violation in the batter’s box in the first inning. Soto batted .071 (1 for 14) in the season’s first series.
Rockies: RHP Ryan Feltner makes his first start of the season on Monday night at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Padres: LHP Ryan Weathers takes the hill for his first start in 2023 on Monday night at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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