Daniel Murphy powers Rockies to first walk-off winner of season, 4-3, against Padres

Antonio Senzatela desperately needed a bounce-back performance Saturday.

The Rockies pitcher, less than a week removed from a six-run shellacking at the Dodgers, responded against the Padres with one of his best outings of the season.

And, despite another shaky bullpen performance, Colorado escaped with a 4-3 walk-off victory when pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy blasted an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth scoring outfielder Garrett Hampson.

“It’s a great win,” Murphy said.

Senzatela pitched seven shutout innings, shortstop Trevor Story extended his hitting streak to nine games and the Rockies went back above .500 (17-16).

Senzatela kept the Padres’ bats down with 11 groundouts, three flyouts, three strikeouts and just one walk. The Rockies managed to win Saturday despite the fact that third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Charlie Blackmon combined to go 1-for-8 at the plate and left a combined seven runners on base.

“(Senzatela) was great,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I think the best game I’ve seen him pitch is the one in Houston this year, but this was right there with it. I thought he had good fastball command and it had life to it. His secondary (pitches) were solid and he bounced back from the game in LA. A really good all-around game from Antonio.”

The bottom of the Rockies’ lineup jumpstarted their early offense. With the game scoreless in the bottom of the third, first baseman Josh Fuentes doubled on a line drive to center. Catcher Tony Wolters followed with a single to left, and two batters later, Story drove Fuentes home on a single to center. Colorado led 1-0.

Run support wouldn’t arrive until the seventh inning when Hampson drove a ball that ricocheted into the air off third base — allowing Brendan Rodgers enough time to beat the throw home. With two outs, Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia singled on a ground ball to left that scored pinch-runner Ryan McMahon. Colorado’s advantage grew to 3-0.

Colorado turned to relief pitcher Carlos Estevez in the eighth inning. With two outs, plus runners on first and third, Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth doubled to deep right — scoring Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado. On the next at-bat, San Diego’s Wil Myers singled to center and his RBI tied the game at 3-3.

“We had two strikes with two outs a couple of different times and we couldn’t put their guys away,” Black said. “Carlos couldn’t make that one big pitch to get out of his inning. But they’re a good team.”

Pitcher Daniel Bard entered for Colorado in the ninth and earned the win after he forced a groundout double-play and ended the frame with three consecutive strikes to Trent Grisham. The Rockies’ walk-off winner from Murphy, the team’s first of this season, was set up by a McMahon single and a Hampson walk.

“Hopefully, this (victory) is a springboard,” Murphy said.

The Rockies-Padres series continues with Game 3 at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.