SAN DIEGO — Wil Myers homered twice, including San Diego’s seventh grand slam of the season, Austin Nola hit a three-run shot and Mike Clevinger was impressive in his home debut for the Padres, who routed the Colorado Rockies 14-5 Tuesday night.
The Padres, cruising toward their first post-season appearance since 2006, won their third straight and for the seventh time in nine games.
Myers hit his slam in the five-run first inning and then homered leading off the seventh to match his single-game high of five RBIs. His 11th homer gave him his eighth career multi-homer game.
The “Slam Diego” Padres have hit six grand slams since Aug. 17. They were the first team in history to hit a grand slam in four straight games — with Myers hitting the second one — and then the first to hit five in six games.
Clevinger (2-2) settled down after allowing Nolan Arenado’s three-run home run with one out in the third. The right-hander, obtained in a blockbuster deal with Cleveland just before the trade deadline, held the Rockies to four runs and five hits in five innings, struck out eight and walked one. He lost his Padres debut 2-0 at the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
After allowing Matt Kemp’s two-out single in the first, Clevinger retired the next 11 batters.
The Padres scored five runs in each of the first two innings, highlighted by Myers’ slam with one out in the first. Starter Chi Chi González (0-1) lasted just five batters after walking the first three, striking out Mitch Moreland and then hitting Austin Nola to bring in a run.
Jose Mujica came on for his big league debut and on his second pitch gave up Myers’ slam into the home run porch in the right field corner. It was Myers’ 10th homer and second slam this season.
The Padres piled on in the second, with Manny Machado’s two-run double and Nola’s three-run homer, his second since being obtained by the Padres on Aug. 30 from the Seattle Mariners. Nola had four RBIs.
Arenado’s eighth homer reached the second deck in left field for a 3-0 lead.
Padres: Placed 1B Eric Hosmer on the 10-day IL with a broken left index finger and recalled OF Abraham Almonte from the alternate training site. Hosmer was injured while bunting with two strikes in the first inning Monday night. Manager Jayce Tingler said Hosmer won’t need surgery and his finger is in a split. Tingler said the recovery time could be two to three weeks. The regular season ends Sept. 27.
Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.33 ERA) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday night. He is 1-0 against the Padres in two starts this season.
Padres: RHP Zach Davies (6-2, 2.23) is scheduled make his ninth start for San Diego. He is 1-1 against the Rockies this season.
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Bernie Wilson, The Associated Press