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Villanueva hits three home runs vs. Rockies

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Christian Villanueva had a career night on Tuesday. He helped the San Diego Padres defeat the Colorado Rockies, 8-4, at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif.

This was the Padres first win of the season, as they improved to 1-4. The Rockies fell to 2-3 overall.

Christian Villanueva comes out of the dugout for a curtain call following his three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies (Getty Images)

Christian Villanueva comes out of the dugout for a curtain call following his three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies (Getty Images)

Villanueva hit three home runs in his 14th MLB game. In the bottom of the second inning, he launched his first home run, a 400-foot long ball to deep left field.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, he hit his second home run. This time, Villanueva hit a 399-foot home run, which also went to deep left center field.

In the seventh inning, he hit his third home run, which, like his previous two home runs, went to deep left field. The 390-foot home run also scored Jose Pirela and Hunter Renfroe.

Villanueva also scored another run when Carlos Asuaje reached base on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Freddy Galvis, who was acquired in a trade in the offseason with the Philadelphia Phillies, singled to right field in the same inning. On the play, Pirela and Renfroe scored.

The Rockies took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning. Nolan Arenado doubled to left field, scoring Kyle Freeland and Charlie Blackmon.

In the fourth inning, the Rockies went up 3-1. Chris Iannetta singled to left center field, as Gerardo Parra scored.

Iannetta also singled in the top of the ninth inning. Parra also scored on this play.

Tyson Ross received the win (1-0), as he went six innings and allowed three runs. He struck out two batters and allowed five hits.

Brad Hand picked up his first save after pitching just 1/3 innings. He struck out the only batter he faced.

Freeland lost for the first-time this season (0-1). He went 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs.

He also struck out six batters and allowed five hits.

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