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SD@CLE: Erlin strikes out six to earn the win

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will turn Tuesday night to left-hander Robbie Erlin for the second meeting in a four-game series against the Rockies, with the hopes he can replicate the success he had last week facing a mostly left-handed Indians lineup.

Erlin held the Indians to one run over six innings with six strikeouts as the Padres salvaged a split of a doubleheader.

Erlin (1-0, 1.35 ERA) will likely face a handful of lefties on Tuesday night, as the Rockies figure to have outfielders Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez in the lineup along with first baseman Justin Morneau. The game at Petco Park will be part of the Major Leagues-wide Jackie Robinson Day celebration.

Meanwhile, the Rockies will go with right-hander Juan Nicasio (1-0, 3.75 ERA).

The Padres took advantage of reliever Rex Brothers' wildness in the eighth (three walks and a wild pitch) for a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory in the series opener.

Erlin, the No. 5 starter who was three weeks removed from his last substantial outing -- and that was in Spring Training -- tamed the Indians with his changeup and improved fastball command. He pitched smartly and efficiently.

"You saw the effective change, he pitched aggressive and with confidence. I think that we've seen in a year the development of a young pitcher. He still has a ways to go," said Padres manager Bud Black.

Nicasio has made both of his starts this season at Coors Field. He was dominant in the home opener, holding the D-backs to one run and four hits in seven innings of a win. He didn't have the same location in his last start, giving up four runs in five innings against the White Sox in a game the Rockies eventually won. He has 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.

Nicasio is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA and four quality starts (six or more innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs) in five career outings against the Padres. He has held San Diego hitters to a .224 collective batting average.

Rockies: Rosario has historic power

A two-run homer by catcher Wilin Rosario on Monday was his 51st in a game as a catcher since being called up to the Majors from Double-A Tulsa in 2011.

When he went deep against the Giants' Tim Hudson on Sunday, he became the fifth-fastest catcher to reach 50 home runs, among catchers who debuted after 1974. It took Rosario 933 plate appearances. The catchers who reached 50 quicker were Mike Napoli (899), Matt Nokes (914), J.P. Arencibia (921) and Mike Piazza (924).

It was Rosario's 54th career homer -- all while under scrutiny to improve his defense.

"Hitting is difficult, and you have to be positive and simple at the same time, every day, every moment and every second," Rosario said. "I know, for sure, I can fix the defense. The more I practice, the more I see and the more I believe, I know it'll get better and better. I want to be better. I want to show that Rosario can be a catcher."

Rosario is hitting .307 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 28 career games against the Padres. It's his highest average against any club he's faced with a minimum of 50 at-bats.

Padres: Gyorko signs contract extenstion

Before Monday's game, second baseman Jedd Gyorko signed a contract through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. He will make at least $35 million on the deal.

Gyorko, 25, led the Padres with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs in 2013 and currently holds the team lead with seven RBIs this season. Since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920, Gyorko was the first rookie second baseman to ever lead his team in RBI and the second rookie to lead the club behind Padres Hall of Famer Nate Colbert, who recorded a team-high 66 RBIs in 1969.

Despite his early success and his new contract, Gyorko remains humble.

"I still have a long ways to go," he said Monday.

Worth noting 

• Padres outfielder Xavier Nady hit his seventh career pinch-hit home run Sunday against the Tigers, tying him for fifth-most among active players along with current teammate Seth Smith, who hit a pinch-hit homer on Opening Night. Oddly enough, Nady's last three Major League hits have all been home runs, including a pinch-hit home run against the Padres on Sept. 30, 2012, while with the Giants.

• Petco Park was one of former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton's favorite places to hit. As if to keep some of the Helton magic, the Rockies made sure the locker he used on trips to San Diego stayed empty Monday.

• Rockies prospect Eddie Butler was electric once again for Double-A Tulsa on Monday night. He took a 2-1 loss at San Antonio, but went 6 2/3 innings, struck out five, limited the opponent to four hits and two walks, and induced 10 groundouts. He is 0-1 with a 2.41 ERA, 17 strikeouts and three walks in 18 2/3 innings and a .188 opponent batting average.

• During pregame ceremonies Tuesday, the Padres will have 42 youngsters from the Jackie Robinson YMCA lining the first-base line in Padres No. 42 jerseys. On the third-base line will be representatives of the Padres RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) leagues, which are expected to reach more than 700 youth ages 5-18 (twice as many as last year). Also featured will be Jackie Robinson YMCA drumline, the Thunder Squad, making a pregame performance at the Park at the Park.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Kenneth Patterson, who was chosen for the program in 2003 and graduated with a bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University, will throw Tuesday's ceremonial first pitch. Patterson works in the global marketing department of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, managing the relationships between the company and its athletes.

• San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera has hit safely in seven consecutive games and is batting .400 (12-for-30) during that stretch. He got his sixth double of the season in the fifth inning Monday. His six doubles through the first 13 games of the season are tied for the most in franchise history, joining Phil Nevin in 2001, Tony Gwynn in 1996, Cito Gaston in 1970, Steve Finley in 1997, Khalil Greene in 2007 and Ken Caminiti in 1996. Comments