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Gazette Premium Content Morales helps Rockies to 2-1 win over Padres

photo - Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales (56) pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) + caption
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales (56) pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
The Associated Press Updated: July 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm

DENVER — Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer and Franklin Morales pitched effectively into the sixth inning, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Tuesday night.

Morales (5-4) turned in another solid outing since being reinserted into the starting rotation on July 3. The lefty surrendered four hits and one run before being removed for a reliever with two outs in the sixth.

Tyson Ross (7-9) was just as sharp, his only mistake a slider up in the zone to Blackmon in the third. Ross went six innings and allowed six hits.

Ross made the All-Star team, but won't pitch since he's scheduled to start Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Blackmon, also making his first appearance at the Midsummer Classic, had a double to go with his 13th homer of the season.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.

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