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Padres' Tommy Pham belts 2021's longest homer in loss to Rockies

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San Diego Padres left-fielder Tommy Pham hit a 486-foot solo homer in a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday in Denver. Photo by Ryan Casey Aguinaldo/Wikimedia Commons
San Diego Padres left-fielder Tommy Pham hit a 486-foot solo homer in a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday in Denver. Photo by Ryan Casey Aguinaldo/Wikimedia Commons

Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The San Diego Padres' struggles continued Tuesday night with a second straight loss to the Colorado Rockies, but outfielder Tommy Pham provided a bright spot by smacking the longest home run of the 2021 season.

Pham hit the 486-foot blast in the top of the seventh of the 7-3 loss at Coors Field in Denver.

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The longball edged a 485-foot shot hit by Chicago White Sox slugger Yermin Mercedes on April 8. Pham went 1 for 4 in the loss.

National League MVP candidate Fernando Tatis Jr. and shortstop Jake Cronenworth also homered for the Padres.

San Diego entered the seventh inning down 4-0 and Tatis led off with a 450-foot solo shot off Rockies starter German Marquez.

Marquez struck out third baseman Manny Machado in the next at-bat and then allowed an inside-the-park home run to Cronenworth.

At the plate for the fourth at-bat of the frame, Pham took a slider for a ball on the first pitch of the exchange before hitting a 2-1 slider into the left field rafters. The moonshot traveled 107.9 mph off his bat, according to Statcast.

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Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon and first baseman C.J. Cron each homered in the bottom of the seventh for the final runs of the game.

Blackmon hit a 444-foot, two-run shot to center field and Cron's was a 423-foot solo homer to right.

Marquez allowed five hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 11-9 this season. The Rockies starter also went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored at the plate.

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Padres starter Matt Strahm allowed four hits and one run in 1 1/3 innings to drop to 0-1. Cronenworth went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.

Cron, second baseman Brendan Rodgers and catcher Elias Diaz joined Marquez with two hits apiece for the Rockies.

The Padres, losers in six of their last seven, sit just 1.5 games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds for the second spot in the National League Wild Card standings.

The Padres (67-55) next face the Rockies (54-66) in the final game of the series at 1:10 p.m. MDT Wednesday at Coors Field.

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