Padres 4, Rockies 3

The San Diego Padres believe they have a special talent in Casey

Kelly.

The rookie pitcher showed on Saturday night why the Padres

insisted on him being included in the Adrian Gonzalez trade with

Boston in 2010.

Kelly carried a shutout into the seventh inning and Jesus Guzman

hit a three-run homer, leading the Padres to a 4-3 win over the

Colorado Rockies.

Kelly (2-1), making his fourth major league start, kept the

Rockies off balance with a mixture of fastballs and curveballs.

Colorado advanced just one runner to third base against Kelly

through six innings.

”You get more and more comfortable every time out there,”

Kelly said. ”Every inning you get you feel more comfortable with

the team. I think every outing is just getting more and more

comfortable.”

Kelly looked more like the pitcher who allowed just three hits

in six scoreless inning of his major-league debut, a 3-0 win over

Atlanta on Aug. 27. In his next two outings, Kelly was hammered for

13 runs – 11 earned – on 16 hits over just eight innings.

”He had a terrific breaking ball early,” Rockies manager Jim

Tracy said. ”On his two-strike pitches, he did a great job of

making them strikes out of his hand.”

Colorado finally reached the rookie for three runs in the

seventh.

Kelly allowed three runs – two earned – on seven hits over

six-plus innings. He struck out six.

”The velocity came back today, a lot of pitches in the low

90s,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”The ball had carry and he

got his grounders and he got his strikeouts. ”He was very

efficient.”

Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 12

chances.

Rookie Drew Pomeranz (1-9) dropped his sixth straight decision

for Colorado, which lost for the eighth time in its last 10

games.

The Rockies need to win 10 of their last 18 games to avoid tying

the franchise’s worst record at 67-95.

San Diego has won eight of 10 overall and 12 of 15 at Petco

Park.

Guzman homered to center in the third inning off Pomeranz to

give San Diego a 4-0 lead.

”A home run ball that was outside,” Pomeranz said. ”Sometimes

it happens that way. It wasn’t a bad pitch. It wasn’t even in the

strike zone. I don’t know how he hit it so far.”

Padres shortstop Andy Parrino committed a fielding error and

Tyler Colvin followed with a single to start the Rockies’

seventh.

Chris Nelson then doubled in one run and Charlie Blackmon had an

RBI single to knock Kelly out of the game. Brad Brach came in and

gave up DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 4-3 before

getting the final two outs.

Pomeranz was pulled after three innings with his pitch count at

67. The rookie allowed four runs on four hits with three

strikeouts, two walks and a wild pitch. The Rockies have employed a

75-pitch limit on their starters since just past mid-June.

San Diego scored in the second inning after a scary collision

between second baseman LeMahieu and right fielder Blackmon.

With Cameron Maybin on first with a two-out single, Parrino hit

a popup into shallow right field. As LeMahieu and Blackmon

converged to make the catch, they rammed their shoulders full force

into each other. Blackmon fell to the grass, but LeMahieu stayed on

his feet and got the ball into the infield as Parrino ended up with

a double.

NOTES: Pomeranz has failed to finish five innings in eight of

his last nine starts. … The Padres honored longtime broadcaster

Jerry Coleman with a bronze statue at Petco Park before Saturday

night’s game. … There was a large star cut into the center-field

grass in honor of one of Coleman’s catch phrases, ”You can hang a

star on that.” … Rockies manager Jim Tracy said his team will

modify the current 75-pitch limit on starting pitchers next season.

The Rockies will move the limit to between 75 and 90-100 pitches.

… Jordan Pacheco will start his second game at catcher on Sunday

for Colorado. Pacheco has started 104 previous games this season –

80 at third base, 23 at first and one at catcher. … When speaking

about the 2013 season, San Diego manager Bud Black said, ”The

group that you’re seeing here, position wise, will be the group

you’ll see coming back.” … Padres LF Carlos Quentin (sore right

knee) has not started in four consecutive games. … Rockies RHP

Alex White (2-8, 5.18) faces Padres LHP Andrew Werner (2-1, 2.59)

in the series finale on Sunday.