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DENVER — After flourishing during a demanding portion of the schedule Michael Conforto Jersey , the Colorado Rockies have their sights trained on October but can’t look past the lowly San Diego Padres in a three-game series that starts Tuesday.Left-handers Tyler Anderson (6-5, 4.39 ERA) of the Rockies and Robbie Erlin (2-3, 3.33) of the Padres will oppose each other in the opener.The Rockies (68-56) are coming off a 5-1 road trip that concluded with their first four-game sweep in Atlanta in franchise history and gave them eight wins in their past nine games.Article continues below ...The series with the Braves also ended the Rockies’ National League-record tying stretch of 46 consecutive games against teams with a winning record. The 1926 Philadelphia Phillies went 15-31, and the 2012 Braves went 22-24 in similar stretches. The Rockies were 30-16, a spree that enabled them to go from 6 1/2 games behind to a half game back in the NL West. The Rockies are the only team in the NL West never to have won the division.Colorado’s surge coincides with remarks that third baseman Nolan Arenado made to The Athletic in late June. Speaking for himself and his teammates, Arenado said, “I’m tired of coming to the ballpark and losing. We work too hard as a group to experience that. I’m not saying I go home questioning, like, ‘I don’t like this place.’ I love it here. But yeah, I want to win. And the more we lose, the more I — if you lose all the time, nobody wants to be there.”After the Rockies’ win Sunday that completed their four-game sweep in Atlanta, Arenado dismissed the notion that anything he said factored into the team’s subsequent success.“Talking doesn’t get it done. It’s the way the guys are playing,” Arenado told reporters. “Everybody’s contributing — the starting pitching, the bullpen, the defense, the offense. I think the offense can probably do a little bit better job, but we’re finding a way. And our pitchers are keeping us in games.”Anderson gave up a career-high nine runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in Houston and lost 12-1. He has gone seven straight starts without a win and is 0-2 with a 5.67 ERA in that stretch. But he has a 1.35 ERA in his past five home games.Anderson is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts against the Padres this year and 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts against them.Erlin is 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts since going into the Padres’ rotation. He received a no-decision Wednesday in San Diego’s 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, allowing two runs in six innings. Erlin is 3-2 with a 6.18 ERA in 11 games (four starts) against the Rockies and 3-1 with 7.88 ERA in seven games (two starts) at Coors Field.The Padres (49-78) have the worst record in the NL and third worst in the majors. They concluded a 3-7 homestand Sunday and have played better on the road (26-35) than at home (23-43). They are 12-30 since July 1 and haven’t had a three-game winning streak since June 2-4.The Rockies and Padres last played May 15 http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-reyes-jersey , and since then the Padres’ bullpen has undergone immense change. Right-handers Robert Stock, Trey Wingenter and Miguel Diaz and left-hander Jose Castillo are now in the San Diego relief corps and all can reach the high 90s.“It’s nice when we can throw a fastball behind in the count and say, ‘Here you go, hit it,'” Padres catcher Austin Hedges told MLB.com. “I don’t care who you are, if know a fastball’s coming, it’s still not easy to hit a 98 mph fastball. It definitely gives us more to work with.“It’s different. A lot of guys we’ve had the last couple years have been more off-speed stuff, command guys. They’ve got to pitch a little bit more. These guys maybe don’t have to pitch as much. It’s just, ‘Here’s my best stuff.’ When you execute that around the zone, you get a lot of strikeouts.” PHOENIX — Two down, 15 to go.A potentially record-setting 15 as the Arizona Diamondbacks continue a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.Starting with the current four-game series against NL East-leading Atlanta, the Diamondbacks are scheduled to play 17 consecutive games against division leaders — the Braves, Colorado, Houston, the Cubs and Colorado again.Article continues below ...Things could change, especially in the NL West, inasmuch as the Rockies have five games remaining against the second-place Dodgers — two more at Coors Field this weekend and three in Dodger Stadium from Sept. 17-19.But if the status quo remains, the Diamondbacks will be the first team in major league history to play 17 straight against division leaders, according to STATS research. Baltimore has the record Jeurys Familia Jersey , 14 in a row in 1993. Detroit tied that in 1996.So?“That’s why you play the game,” said Diamondbacks infielder Daniel Descalso, a veteran of stretch-run baseball with St. Louis and Arizona. “If you don’t think it is fun, if it is too much for you, then you probably should be doing something else. If it is not fun, go home.”The Diamondbacks beat Atlanta 5-3 behind Paul Goldschmidt’s homer on Friday to even the series at one game apiece, and they will send right-hander Clay Buchholz (7-2, 2.05 ERA) to the mound to face Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.05) on Saturday.“We love the challenge,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We know what is in front of us. I’ve been telling these guys to embrace it. Go out and be your best when you are supposed to be your best, that’s what champions do. See how far that takes us.”Atlanta remains in the driver’s seat in the NL East despite a recent rough patch. After pulling 4 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia on. Aug. 28, the Braves have won only three of 10 but remain 2 1/2 games ahead as the Phillies have scuffled.“This team has kept it day at a time very well all year,” said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, a top contender for the NL manager of the year award.“We’ve been through some rough spots and always weathered them. Bad games (we) weathered them. As a group, we are going to play today, regardless of what happened yesterday. Today is the only thing we can control. They have been really resilient. We’ve had a great mindset and energy level all year long when we have been in adverse situations.”Snitker also is not focused on manager of the year talk.“Players make that,” he said. “When you have good players and they do well, then you get put in that conversation. I just worry about winning today.”Buchholz, who is having a rebirth after regaining his health this season Mike Piazza Jersey , has been Arizona’s steadiest starter the last several turns.“What he has done for us this year, he’s been a huge boost,” said Alex Avila, who has caught four of Buchholz’s last five starts, including a 5-1 complete game in San Diego on Aug. 16.“And you are going to need stuff like that happening over the course of the year for any team. You’re going to need contributions from unexpected places in order to get to where you want to get to.”Buchholz is 3-1 in his last six starts and has given up only two earned runs over his last four starts, with two victories and two no-decisions. His ERA is 1.32 in that span. Buchholz is 3-0 in five home starts. Because he spent the majority of his career in the AL, he has faced the Braves only three times, going 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA.“He has great command of all four of his pitches on most days,” Avila said. “It makes it fun to be able to call a game and catch a guy like that because you know you have four pitches to get a hitter out.”Teheran has made quality starts in four of his last five outings, although he is 1-0 with four no-decisions in that stretch. He gave up four hits and one run in seven innings in the Braves’ 5-1 victory in his start last Saturday but was not involved in the decision.He has limited the home run ball recently, one of the keys to his recent run. He has given up 24 homers this year, fifth-most in the league, but only two in his last five games.Teheran gave up four hits and struck out six in 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on July 15, the final game before the All-Star break. He is 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona, including 1-1 in four starts at Chase Field.

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