Slumping Gonzalez leads Rockies to 9-7 win over Padres

Mark Reynolds added a three-run homer in the first for the Rockies, who have won three in a row.

Carlos Gonzalez broke out Tuesday night with two run-scoring hits. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)
Carlos Gonzalez broke out Tuesday night with two run-scoring hits. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)
Carlos Gonzalez broke out Tuesday night with two run-scoring hits. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

By Pat Graham, Associated Press

Carlos Gonzalez lined a two-run double for his first extra-base hit in nearly a month, Gerardo Parra reached base five times , scoring three runs, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 9-7 on Tuesday night.

Mark Reynolds added a three-run homer in the first for the Rockies, who have won three in a row. It was also win No. 1,000 for Colorado at Coors Field.

Antonio Senzatela (10-3) regrouped from an erratic start to allow four runs, three earned, over five innings. His 10 wins are the most among rookies in the majors this season.

Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth for his major league-leading 30th save.

It wasn’t exactly a memorable 25th birthday for Padres starter Dinelson Lamet (3-4) as he surrendered six runs, five earned, in four innings.

Mired in a season-long slump, Gonzalez hit the ball hard twice — a two-run double in the fifth to break a tie game and a two-out RBI single an inning later. He entered the game 4 of 27 in July.

Parra has been swinging a hot bat since coming off the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps on July 7. He was 3 for 3 with two walks and a run-scoring double. He has at least one RBI in all eight games since his return.

San Diego jumped out to a three-run lead in the first, but it didn’t last long as Reynolds followed with a three-run homer to straightaway center.

Wil Myers added a solo shot in the fifth and Carlos Asuaje hit his first major league homer in the seventh. The Padres had a chance to make some more noise in the seventh, loading the bases with one out, but Erick Aybar hit into a 3-6-1 double play.

Senzatela struggled with his control in his first start since June 22. Once he found his groove, he retired eight straight at one point.

The 22-year-old bounced around between the bullpen and Triple-A in recent weeks to keep his innings in check. Senzatela was the NL rookie of the month for April.