Sweeping a series from one of the best teams in baseball has the Colorado Rockies gaining momentum.
Hosting the sputtering San Diego Padres could keep them rolling.The Rockies look to continue their success against the Padres in the opener of this three-game series Monday night.Colorado (55-64) and San Diego (53-64) are practically out of postseason contention barring an outstanding stretch run.The Rockies are starting to show signs that they may be capable of one, completing a three-game sweep of NL Central-leading Pittsburgh with Sunday's 3-2 victory as they totaled 19 runs and hit .311 in the victories."As quickly as it can go sour, you've got to believe you can turn it around quickly. I'm proud of our guys," manager Walt Weiss said after his team bounced back from losing nine of its previous 10. "We swept a series against one of the best teams in the game and one of the best pitching staffs."Colorado is going for its longest winning streak since a season-high eight-game run from April 12-20. That started with a three-game sweep at San Diego, and the Rockies have won 10 of 13 season meetings.The Rockies have won seven of the past nine at home versus the Padres behind a .321 average with 13 homers and 7.2 runs per game.Dexter Fowler is hitting .477 with three homers, 10 RBIs and 11 runs over his last 10 home meetings, while Wilin Rosario has a .338 average and 24 RBIs over the past 23 games.Rosario, who went 6 for 13 (.462) with one homer and four RBIs over the weekend, is 7 for 15 with two homers versus Padres starter Edinson Volquez. Fowler is 5 for 9 with a triple and a homer off the veteran right-hander, who is 0-4 with an 11.63 ERA over his last five starts against the Rockies.Volquez (8-9, 5.44 ERA) was battered in a 10-9 loss at Coors Field on June 7, surrendering nine runs and 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings. However, he's allowed four runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last two overall starts.The Padres may be hoping a return to Denver can get their offense going after batting .197 while scoring three runs or fewer in each of their last five games. They had 11 hits but went 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base Sunday, falling 3-2 in 13 innings to Cincinnati for their fourth loss in five games.San Diego hit .301 with seven homers and 26 runs while splitting a four-game set in Colorado from June 6-9."There's a concept that I think we employ as the Padres that it's all of us; it's a collective group that has to do it," manager Bud Black told the team's official website. "We don't have that carrier. It's got to come from all of us."Will Venable and Yonder Alonso are doing their part. Venable has a .371 average in his last 10 games, while Alonso is batting .353 over the past 13.The Padres may be in for a stiff test since Colorado will start Jhoulys Chacin (10-6, 3.30), who is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA over his last seven starts against them. He's held them to one or two runs in six of those meetings.Chacin is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA over his last six home starts, and he's yielded three runs in 15 innings in the past two -- both on the road. He got not support at New York on Wednesday, losing 5-0 after giving up two runs in seven innings.