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COL@NYM: Chacin limits Mets to two runs over seven

Scoring seven runs in three games can't be a trend the Padres hope to keep for much longer.

But it is hard to ask for more out of a lineup that is missing its dynamic shortstop, Everth Cabrera, to suspension and its powerful outfielder, Carlos Quentin, to a strained right knee.

If there is one place for the Padres' offense to get going, Coors Field could be it. The park where the ball travels farther than in any other in Major League Baseball will play host to a three-game series between the Padres and Rockies starting Monday.

"There's a concept that I think we employ as the Padres that it's all of us; it's a collective group that has to do it," manager Bud Black said. "We don't have that carrier. It's got to come from all of us.

"I think the players know that those two guys are a big part of our team; there's no doubt about it. I think we can't have some guys trying to do too much, especially guys in the middle of our order."

Will Venable is one Padres hitter who has not shied away from picking up the slack. He has raised his batting average from .237 to .252 over the last 10 games. He has flashed power (four doubles, three homers) and speed (one triple, four stolen bases) during that span, and he is riding an eight-game hitting streak.

"Will's done a nice job the last month," Black said. "He's swinging the bat well; he's playing very well."

The Rockies are still trying to keep playoff hopes alive, though their pitching staff will surely have to improve from its current pace. Through 118 games, Colorado has allowed nearly 4.5 runs per game. Even while scoring almost 4.3 runs per game, putting a win streak together has proved difficult.

The Rockies have put up extraordinary numbers against Padres starter Edinson Volquez, who is slated to take the hill Monday. Volquez is 0-3 with a 12.18 ERA in four starts against Colorado in 2013.

"But we need to win no matter who's across the diamond, no matter who's on the mound," outfielder Michael Cuddyer said.

Jhoulys Chacin will be on the mound for the Rockies. He has flashed a sharp sinker of late, and he has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last six starts while lowering his ERA to 3.30.

Padres: Decker to get a chance
Jaff Decker, a Padres first-round Draft pick in 2008, got his first start of the year Sunday and went 0-for-3. But expect the 23-year-old to get more opportunities at the plate this season.

With Quentin on the disabled list, Decker will get at least a chance to prove himself, Black said.

In 393 plate appearances at Triple-A this season, Decker hit .293 with an .839 OPS.

Rockies: Fowler can make them go
One simple way the Rockies have won games: Get Dexter Fowler to home plate. Colorado is 11-2 when Fowler scores at least twice.

But the dynamic center fielder has battled a sore right wrist since getting hit on the hand June 13. Fowler has scored at least two runs just three times since then.

"He's fine," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's just the ebb and flow of the season, especially offensively that players go through. His energy is good. I've given him a couple days here recently to take a breather. I try to watch to see signs if a guy is getting beat up by the game a little bit. I think he's ready to take off again."

Worth noting
• The Rockies have just four home runs in August.

• Shortstop Ronny Cedeno got his first hit with the Padres this season Sunday, when he went 3-for-5 with a triple.

• There is no timetable for the return of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who is sidelined with a sprained ligament in his right middle finger. Gonzalez, who had an MRI exam Friday, is eligible to come off the disabled list Aug. 20.

"They don't want to put a time on it," Gonzalez said. "Right now, we just want to let it heal. But you know the way I am. I want to be in there right now. But as soon as I feel good enough to be there, I will. I've been doing everything else except hitting -- running, lifting, all the stuff I normally do when I'm playing." Comments