SAN DIEGO (AP) — Will Venable made the most of one of the few at-bats he had over the weekend, and Everth Cabrera's aggressiveness paid off again for the San Diego Padres.
Venable drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Cabrera had two hits and twice beat throws to the plate as the Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Sunday.
"It's tough for me because it's not something I've been accustomed to or learned how to do yet," Venable said of substituting late in games. "It was nice to have that opportunity to get a big knock there."
Venable has mostly face right-handers this season, having only 55 at-bats and a .213 batting average against lefties.
"That was big for Will," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Will got a big knock, the biggest knock of the day. Will against (Matt) Reynolds, who's tough on lefties, got it done."
Dale Thayer (2-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory for the Padres, who have won seven of nine and three straight series for the first time this season. Huston Street retired the side in order in the ninth to convert his 16th save in as many chances.
Cabrera, who stole home a week ago to tie a game in Los Angeles, singled to lead off the seventh against Adam Ottavino (2-1) before Colorado manager Jim Tracy brought in the left-handed Reynolds to face John Baker and Venable, both left-handed hitters. Baker sacrificed Cabrera to second and Venable, who had only three at-bats in the series and entered in the top of the inning as part of a double switch, singled to right as Cabrera beat Tyler Colvin's throw home to put San Diego on top 3-2.
Cabrera also scored the tying run in the fourth on a single by Baker and crashed into catcher Jordan Pacheco, who dropped the ball before the collision. Pacheco made his first start at catcher this season since Wilin Rosario was unavailable due to an ankle injury and backup Ramon Hernandez had caught two straight games.
"We've talked about Cabby since we acquired him," Black said. "There is an inherent aggressiveness to his game, especially on the basepaths. He is fearless. Good baserunners, good base-stealers, have that in them. He's not tentative. He doesn't scare off. He's not afraid of getting thrown out. He pushes it."
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