Bogaerts homers, Carpenter, Wacha help Padres beat Rockies

The San Diego Padres got a big boost from shortstop Xander Bogaerts and a strong outing from starting pitcher Michael Wacha as they cruised to a 9-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.

Bogaerts hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Padres an early lead. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Padres also got strong performances from second baseman Matt Carpenter and Wacha. Carpenter went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Wacha went five innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out six.

The Padres offense put the game away in the seventh inning, scoring five runs off Rockies reliever Jairo Diaz. Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers, and Manny Machado each drove in runs in the inning.

The win was the Padres' fourth in five games and improved their record to 8-4 on the season. They will look to continue their hot start when they take on the Rockies again Friday night.