SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies rarely have a chance to execute their plan of grabbing a lead and turning it over to veterans in their bullpen. So it's especially jarring when the strategy doesn't work.
Boone Logan, a normally dependable lefty whose year has been disjointed by elbow problems and a bout with a digestive condition, served up a two-run, seventh-inning homer to the Padres' Yangervis Solarte, and the Rockies ended up losing, 4-3, at Petco Park on Monday night.
The Solarte homer negated the Rockies' big moment -- Corey Dickerson's 15th home run of the season, off Padres rookie starter Jesse Hahn for three runs in the sixth and a 3-1 Rockies lead. Dickerson's 10th-inning solo shot was the key swing in Sunday's 5-3 victory over the D-backs, as well.
Logan (2-3) gave up an Abraham Almonte double to lead off the seventh. Two batters later, Solarte hit his ninth homer of the season -- his third with the Padres, after beginning the year with the Yankees -- to send the Rockies to their 11th loss in the last 14 games. The Rockies remained tied with the Rangers for the Majors' worst record (46-72).
"He just left a backdoor fastball on the inner half and he [Solarte] got the barrel to it and hit it out," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
The Rockies signed Logan to a three-year, $16.5 million deal during the offseason to help stabilize the bullpen, but he twice has gone to the disabled list with elbow issues and had another DL stint with diverticulitis. Not having Logan, and having him constantly playing catchup, has not helped a Rockies bullpen that has several key components struggling.
The Padres didn't have a bullpen problem Monday. Nick Vincent (1-2) struck out three in two innings, and Kevin Quackenbush and Joaquin Benoit (sixth save) didn't yield a baserunner. The trio combined to fan the final seven hitters. According to STATS LLC, the Padres became the fourth team to finish a game with seven straight strikeouts since the data began being tracked in 1974.
"They came in and absolutely shut us down," Weiss said. "They took complete control of that game late."
Padres manager Bud Black said, "The bullpen has been really solid all year. It really has. There are a lot of guys under the radar who are not known nationally but who are looked at in the industry."
Yonder Alonso gave the Padres a 1-0 lead with his seventh homer of the season, with one out in the fourth off starter Jordan Lyles. Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal followed with doubles. But on Grandal's double, strong throws from Rockies center fielder Drew Stubbs and second baseman DJ LeMahieu moved the ball to catcher Wilin Rosario in time to tag Gyorko. Lyles settled and held the Padres to two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Still, Lyles was unhappy with issuing four walks, three of which came during the first inning.
"I had too many 3-1 and 3-2 counts, and the pitch count was too high," Lyles said. "I battled fastball command, too much run, too much sink.
"It's not acceptable. I've got to do a better job of pounding the strike zone."
Rockies reliever Matt Belisle replaced Lyles with one out and one on in the sixth and eventually pitched out of one out and the bases loaded with the only run scoring on a sacrifice fly from Rymer Liriano, a Padres prospect making his debut.
Hahn gave up five hits and struck out five in his five innings. But the three hits to open the sixth -- singles by Justin Morneau and Nolan Arenado and the homer by Dickerson -- prevented him from being in position to win.
"I was trying to get my foot down for the fastball, but he hung [the curve], I recognized it and put a good swing on it,' Dickerson said. "[Hahn] was good today. His fastball had a little back end to it. He was sneaky. He was throwing both sides of the plate."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.