SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres’ longest winning streak of the season is likely way too little, way too late to save a massively disappointing season.
Luis Campusano hit a go-ahead three-run home run and Garrett Cooper and Eugy Rosario also connected for the Padres, who beat the Rockies 11-9 on Monday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best five games.
The high-priced Padres, who have underwhelmed all season coming off a stirring run to the NL Championship Series, became the last team in the majors to win four straight games on Sunday when they swept the Oakland Athletics, who have baseball’s worst record. The Rockies have the NL’s worst record at 56-94.
“We’re just in a better place,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s one of those things where we haven’t been able to get to all year where it just feels good, feel like you’re going to score, feel like you can add on. There’s a looseness to how we’re playing right now. That’s why we’ve played our best baseball here the last five games or so. Actually the last seven or eight.”
San Diego is an extreme longshot to make the postseason, coming into Monday night six games out of the final wild card berth, with four teams ahead of them. The Padres have been below .500 since May 12 despite a payroll of about $250 million, the third-highest in the big leagues.
“You know what, we’ve got to not think about that right now. We’ll add them all up later,” Melvin said. “Right now we just have to continue to try to play well and regardless, finish out the season strong and have a good feeling.”
Campusano went down on his right knee as he muscled his seventh homer out of the ballyard for a 5-3 lead with two outs in the third against Ty Blach (3-2). Campusano finished with three hits.
Cooper hit a two-run homer with no outs in the second, his 16th. Rosario hit a solo shot with two outs in the fourth, his second.
Juan Soto had two RBI singles to join Aaron Judge (2022, 2017) as the only active players with multiple 30-homer, 100-RBI, 100-walk seasons. Soto also did it in 2019 with Washington, his second big-league season. He’s the 40th player in big league history to accomplish the feat.
Soto is the Padres’ only player to appear in every game this season.
“You play 162 games, those numbers are probably going to show up somewhere for him if he’s healthy,” Melvin said. “His start wasn’t great, but it’s what he does, what he’s basically done basically every year. He’s on a roll right now and he can put numbers up in a hurry.”
Xander Bogaerts fell a homer short of the cycle, reached base four times and scored three runs.
Rockies rookie Nolan Jones homered off Nick Hernandez leading off the sixth, his 17th. Jones had three hits and two RBIs.
Padres starter Michael Wacha (12-4) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked none.
The Padres led 11-3 after five innings but turned it into a save situation for Josh Hader, who got the final out for his 30th.
Blach went just 3 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs and nine hits.
The sellout crowd of 42,062 helped the Padres draw a record 3,029,009 fans to Petco Park this season. That mark does not include two “home” games played in Mexico City that drew a total of 39,244 fans. The old record was 3,016,752 in Petco Park’s inaugural season of 2004.
Tuesday’s pitching matchup
Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (2-3, 5.86 ERA) at Padres LHP Blake Snell (14-9, 2.43)
7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Petco Park
Radio: 850 AM/94.1 FM
The Rockies have a readymade feel-good story in play for Tuesday night’s game. Feltner, who suffered a fractured skull and a concussion when he was struck by a line drive during a game against Philadelphia on May 13, gets the start. The 27-year-old was sharp in his final rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque last Tuesday, holding El Paso to one run on three hits and two walks while fanning four in 4 2/3 innings. Feltner made eight big-league starts before he was injured and got hit hard, posting a 1.755 WHIP, with opposing batters putting up a .268 average.
The highly-touted Padres have had an awful season but Snell is the leading contender for the National League Cy Young Award. He’s fresh off a stellar performance vs. the Dodgers in which he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just two baserunners and striking out eight to lower his ERA to a major league-low 2.43. Snell, scheduled to become a free agent, has said he’s open to returning to San Diego.
Wednesday: Rockies RHP Chase Anderson (0-5, 6.00) at Padres RHP Seth Lugo (7-7, 3.83), 2:10 p.m., ATTRM
Thursday: Off day
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