SAN DIEGO (AP) — As if another road loss and 13 more strikeouts weren't bad enough, the Colorado Rockies got the news Wednesday that All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki needs season-ending surgery on his left hip.
Rymer Liriano's first big league homer was a two-run shot in the fourth inning and Abraham Almonte also went deep to help the San Diego Padres beat Colorado 5-3 Wednesday, tying their season-high with their fifth straight win.
Jedd Gyorko tied his career-high with four hits for the Padres, who are 16-8 since the All-Star break, including winning 11 of 14. The Padres swept a series for the third time this year, all at home.
The Rockies are heading the other way, losing 21 of 27 games.
Now they'll be without Tulowitzki, who will have surgery Friday in Vail, Colorado.
The Rockies, who have the worst record in the majors at 18-44, struck out 13 times against Ian Kennedy (9-10) and four relievers, giving them 66 in their last six games.
"We've been striking out entirely too much lately," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's about competing when you get to two strikes."
Weiss said it's probably a combination of Rockies at-bats and opponents' pitching.
"We talk about two-strike approach a lot," he said. "We've done that since spring training. It was a priority for us. We were real good early and we haven't been very good lately."
Liriano was called up from Triple-A El Paso on Monday. His homer off rookie left-hander Tyler Matzek (2-8) went an estimated 427 feet onto the top deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner and gave San Diego a 3-1 lead. Chris Nelson was aboard on a leadoff single.
Almonte homered to left with one out in the sixth, his first since being acquired in a trade with Seattle on July 31.
Kennedy struck out eight in six innings while allowing three runs and six hits, with two walks. Benoit pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
After Liriano's homer gave San Diego a two-run lead, the Rockies tied it with a leadoff homer to left by DJ LeMahieu, his fourth, and an RBI double to left by Justin Morneau.
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