Diaz, Padres bullpen dominate in 4-2 win over Rockies

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reliever Miguel Diaz rejoined the Padres for the fourth time this season and was part of a dominant performance by the San Diego bullpen Friday night in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Trent Grisham drove in two runs, a day after his game-ending single beat Washington 9-8 when the Padres rallied from an eight-run deficit, matching the biggest comeback in team history.

Four San Diego relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. The Padres have won nine straight against Colorado at Petco Park, their longest active home winning streak against any opponent.

With Blake Snell put on the injured list a day after All-Star Yu Darvish exited early with a tight back, the Padres called up Reiss Knehr, who owned a 3.90 ERA in 11 starts with Double-A San Antonio.

Making his major league debut, Knehr escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam with minimal damage, only giving up one run on a walk to Elias Diaz.

Knehr allowed another run in the fourth inning on an RBI double by pitcher Kyle Freeland that made it 2-0. Knehr lasted 3 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and three hits.

Recalled from Triple-A El Paso for the fourth time this year, Diaz took over and permitted one hit in 2 2/3 innings.

Relievers Tim Hill and Austin Adams combined to get the next five outs and closer Mark Melancon earned his 27th save by retiring the side in the ninth inning.

With San Diego trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Jake Cronenworth led off with a single, Manny Machado doubled and Tyler Kinley replaced Freeland (1-3).

Grisham's RBI grounder tied it and Wil Myers hit a go-ahead double.

Tommy Pham singled in the seventh and later scored on Machado's single.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Darvish, according to manager Jayce Tingler, will most likely not participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game on Tuesday after he departed Thursday’s start after just three innings. … LHP Blake Snell (gastroenteritis) was placed on the on the 10-day injured IL, retroactive to July 6. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz (left forearm inflammation) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 7.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Germán Márquez (7-6, 3.59) starts the second game of the series.

Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove (5-6, 2.97) pitches on Saturday night.

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Richard J. Marcus, The Associated Press

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