After hitting a go-ahead, three-run homer, Gerardo Parra was just as happy that rookie Noel Cuevas went deep for the first time.
“It’s good having new talent like that and for him to hit his first homer in the big leagues,” Parra said after the Colorado Rockies hit three home runs to beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 Monday night. “Every player wants to do something that helps us win.”
Daniel Castro also homered for the Rockies, who won for the second time in six games.
Parra gave Colorado a 6-3 lead when he connected with one out in the sixth inning off Kazuhisa Makita (0-1), who was making his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A on Sunday. Parra’s second homer of the season came with Ian Desmond and Chris Iannetta aboard on singles.
“More importantly than the homer, it was a great win tonight,” Parra said.
Castro homered leading off the fifth, his first, and Cuevas connected with two outs for a 3-2 lead. Cuevas made his major league debut on April 22.
“I hit it good and I was just trying to see if it was high enough and when I saw him turn around and it hit the stands, it was a pretty electric feeling,” Cuevas said.
“I was happy that we got the lead back. That was the first thing in my mind. It was a good homer, the momentum went back our way. We knew that we had the arms in the bullpen to keep us close and we got the W.”
Eric Hosmer hit a tying double for the Padres in the fifth before Parra put the Rockies back in front.
Castro was called up from the minors on May 1.
“That was great. When you get contributions from guys up from Triple-A, it really makes the club have a good vibe to it,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “And obviously a big swing by Parra. That gave us a little momentum when those two guys went deep so, happy for those guys. They’re great Rockies. They’re going to contribute here. We’re going to need those guys moving forward.”
Franmil Reyes made his big league debut for the Padres after leading all of professional baseball in homers with 14 while at Triple-A El Paso. He started in right field and went 0 for 4. He reached on a throwing error by shortstop Trevor Story that allowed Franchy Cordero to score for a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Freddy Galvis of the Padres finished a homer short of the cycle. He tried to bunt for a single in the ninth to get a rally going but was thrown out.
Colorado’s Nolan Arenado had three hits and an RBI.
Tyler Anderson (3-1) allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and reached base twice against rookie lefty Joey Lucchesi. Anderson walked with one out in the third and scored on Arenado’s single. He singled in the fifth before being forced out.
Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
Lucchesi struggled through five innings, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out two and walking one. He also was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball to end the third. The big pitcher lumbered down the line and an awkward slide left him short of the plate.
Lucchesi, making his ninth career start, said he had tightness in his glutes.
“I know I can pitch better than that, but just a little bit of tightness was bothering me from how I normally pitch and I was just trying to grind it out for my team,” he said.
“I just didn’t feel like myself today. I didn’t have my normal mechanics. I was dropping my arm slot.”
Rockies: RHP German Marquez (2-4, 5.35 ERA) is scheduled to pitch the finale of the two-game series Tuesday. He tossed three innings against San Diego on April 11 in Denver before being ejected for his part in a brawl that started when San Diego’s Luis Perdomo threw behind Arenado.
Padres: RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 3.28) will start against his former team.
AROUND THE MAJORS MONDAY
The Atlanta Braves find themselves 10 games over .500 for the first time in nearly four years. The Braves won for the sixth time in seven games by belting three home runs in a 6-5 decision over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Ozzie Albies went deep on the game’s second pitch, Jose Bautista added a three-run blast and Tyler Flowers smacked his first homer of the season.
The power surge helped Julio Teheran improve to 4-1. Teheran yielded four runs over six innings as the Braves improved to 25-15, good for a 1 ½-game lead over Philadelphia in the National League East.
— The Diamondbacks stretched their season-worst losing streak to six games as pinch-hitter Tyler Saladino and Jonathan Villar homered in the Brewers’ 7-2 romp at Arizona. Center fielder A.J. Pollock left the game with an apparent left arm injury after diving in vain for Saladino’s line drive in the ninth inning, turning the hit into an inside-the-park home run. Milwaukee went ahead 5-2 in the ninth on Villar’s second home run of the season, then tacked on two more with two out on Saladino’s sprint.
— Andrew McCutchen doubled in his first two at-bats to reach 1,500 career hits before the Giants snapped the Reds’ season-high, six-game winning streak, 10-7. Brandon Belt homered and knocked in three runs to help the Giants get their second win in a row since a six-game skid. Tucker Barnhart homered and had three RBIs, Scott Schebler hit a solo shot and Adam Duvall added a three-run homer for Cincinnati.
— The Angels have pulled into a virtual first-place tie with the Astros in the AL West by getting strong pitching from Andrew Heaney in a 2-1 win against Houston. Heaney struck out 10 and limited the Astros to five baserunners over a career-high eight innings. Justin Upton singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth to push the Halos nine games over .500.
— The Athletics rode solo homers by Khris Davis, Matt Olson and Matt Joyce to a 6-5 win over the Red Sox in Boston. Sean Manaea was reached for three earned runs and eight hits in six-plus innings after tossing a no-hitter in his previous meeting with the Bosox last month. Rick Porcello lost for the first time in six decisions this season as Boston fell a half-game behind the AL East-leading Yankees.
— Niko Goodrum homered twice and collected five RBIs to lead the Tigers past Cleveland, 6-3. Goodrum hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a three-run homer in the eighth as Detroit moved back within two games of the AL Central-leading Indians. Jose Ramirez belted his 13th homer of the year for the Indians, who are back to .500 after losing at home to the Tigers for the first time in 12 games.
— Dee Gordon led off the eighth with a double and came around to score on first baseman Logan Morrison’s throwing error as the Mariners pulled out a 1-0 decision over the Twins. Wade LaBlanc threw six scoreless frames and didn’t allow any of his three baserunners to reach second.
— Matt Duffy had three hits and drove in both Tampa Bay runs in a 2-1 victory at Kansas City. Adeiny Hechevarria scored the tiebreaking run by eluding catcher Salvador Perez at the plate in the sixth inning.