Dante Bichette sat on the bench in the visiting dugout watching video of Carlos Gonzalez. Bichette dissected the swing, the power, the torque. CarGo, he explained, can do things others can't because of his athleticism.

"He's special," said Bichette, in first year as the boss of the offense. "But we have some other guys that can hit, too."

A lineup that might as well have had honey on its paws with its hibernation of late awoke with a roar Wednesday, delivering a 5-4 victory over the free-falling San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

"You look at this series, and we played well and pitched really well. We had a lot of guys put together good at-bats," center fielder Charlie Blackmon said. "It does give us some momentum."

Blackmon tripled in the final run in the eighth inning for his second RBI, part of an offense that patched together enough timely hits, bunts and a sacrifice fly for the Rockies to win their first road series since June 5 in Cincinnati.

That was when Troy Tulowitzki and CarGo turned in an Xbox performance. They will be reunited Thursday as Tulo and Dexter Fowler are expected to be activated from the disabled list to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Corey Dickerson will be optioned to make room on the roster for Fowler. Dickerson is batting .212, and while better than Tyler Colvin, could benefit from regular at-bats in Triple-A with little playing time available the rest of the week. No move has determined for Tulo until the team re-evaluates him on Thursday.

Wednesday, the Rockies, who had scored three runs in four losses on this trip, were resilient and resourceful, finally providing support for a gasping staff.

Starter Jorge De La Rosa (9-5) was good, holding down the Padres, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games. But he provided only the CliffsNotes version of success, unable to tell the full story because he was gone after 15 outs. A laborious first inning presented a problem, as did Nick Hundley's 10-pitch at-bat in the fifth when the left-hander got squeezed on a backdoor curveball.

"I was just trying to make my pitches," De La Rosa said. "The strike zone can change sometimes. They make mistakes, too. It wasn't an issue for me."

De La Rosa exited in the sixth after Carlos Quentin's Padres-best 11th home run shaved the deficit to 4-2.

Blackmon got a late jump on Quentin's moon shot. Had he raced directly to the wall and jumped — something Fowler pulls off with regularity — he might have had a play. Instead he rammed into the fence without a leap.

"I was more surprised than anyone that I ran bumped into the wall," Blackmon said. "I fell badly. That's a play where I should have saved a couple of runs."

It's not enough for Rockies starters to be effective. They must also be economical, lest they place their fate in the slippery hands of the middle relievers. De La Rosa was hooked after 99 pitches, raising the issue of whether the Rockies should consider giving their rotation members a longer leash, say 110 pitches, to provide more matchup flexibility.

While Wilton Lopez's failures are well-documented, Edgmer Escalona's outings lately have been measured by Tums as much as runs.