San Diego Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez works the first inning against the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in San Diego. (AP photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Everth Cabrera had one of the few highlights to the San Diego Padres' sorry start.
Cabrera tied his career high with four hits in the Padres' 9-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Cabrera tripled in the first, singled in the third and hit home run in the seventh off Edgmer Escalona. With the chance to become the first Padres player to hit for the cycle, Cabrera singled in the ninth against Rex Brothers.
San Diego has been one hit away from the cycle 344 times in its 45-year history.
"He had some good at-bats," Padres manager Bud Black said. "That's the type of hitter we envision Gabby to be — hard contact, line drives down, hard ground balls with the ability to put the bunt down. He's a powerful player in many ways. Powerful arm, speed and he has some strength to his swing."
San Diego has lost four straight and at 2-9 is tied with Miami for the worst record in the major leagues. The Padres are 0-5 against Colorado this year.
"It's a collection of everything," Black said. "We're not pitching well. There are times we are showing life at the plate, other times we are not. Sometimes we are making great defensive plays and other times our poor field plays are coming back to haunt us. The total team play is not in sync."
Padres starter Edison Volquez (0-3) gave up seven runs — six earned — six hits and three walks in 3 1-3 innings, leaving him with an 11.68 ERA.
"Over the course of 33 starts, you're going to have some rough ones," Black said. "Volky has had them right out of the get go. Let's hope that he can get it straightened out. It's the ball-strike ratio, pitching ahead in the count."
San Diego's Carlos Quentin, on the active roster while the players' union appeals his eight-game suspension stemming from Thursday's brawl with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, popped out to the catcher as a pinch-hitter in the eighth with runners on second and third and one out.
Wilin Rosario had a career-high four hits and drove in three runs for the Rockies. He broke a 1-1 tie in the second with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run drive off Volquez. Rosario made it 5-1 with an RBI single in the third, singled off Thad Weber leading off the fifth and singled off Joe Thatcher in the ninth.
A night earlier, Rosario was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
"Some days you come to the plate and maybe your mind is not on the field," Rosario said. "I don't want to say that's why I was 0 for 4 yesterday and today 4 for 5. Sometimes you're good; sometimes you're not. Today I was seeing the ball really well."
Jhoulys Chacin (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, his ERA rising from 1.35 to 1.96. He threw 83 pitches to beat the Padres for the second time this season.
"It's really nice to be able to win a game when you're not pitching that well," Chacin said. "I wasn't getting much movement on my fast ball and I got behind too many hitters. But with our offense you might be able to give up even four runs and still win."
Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Weber, giving the Rockies a major league-leading 15 on the road this season. Carlos Gonzalez had three hits and a walk, and Troy Tulowitzki had two hits and two RBIs.
Todd Helton hit an RBI double in the third, tying Ivan Rodriguez for 20th on the career list with 572 doubles.
NOTES: Will Venable also homered against Escalona in the seventh. ... Reid Brignac was in the starting lineup at third base for the Rockies as Chris Nelson was given the night off by manager Walt Weiss. Weiss said Yorvit Torrealba will be the starting catcher Sunday when Jorge De La Rosa starts. Clayton Richard pitches for the Padres. ... LF Mark Kotsay left the game in the fourth inning with a mild hamstring strain. ... Padres 3B Chase Headley had a double in three at-bats on Friday at Class-A Lake Elsinore on an injury rehabilitation assignment after breaking his left thumb. "It felt great," Headley said. I was real happy with the way I swung the bat, I got jammed and it didn't hurt." He is to return to Lake Elsinore on Sunday and play in the field. Headley was in San Diego to receive his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards from last season.
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