Rockies 6, Padres 2

The Colorado Rockies got exactly what they needed to end a

five-game losing streak – a win by a pitcher making his big league

debut and an offensive outburst.

Left-hander Christian Friedrich pitched six solid innings to win

his debut and Jason Giambi and Wilin Rosario hit RBI doubles off

the top of the fences at Petco Park as the Rockies rallied to beat

the San Diego Padres 6-2 Tuesday.

The Rockies denied the Padres their first series sweep of the

season. It was just the second time in 12 road games that the

Rockies scored more than four runs. The Rockies had 13 hits,

including at least one by every regular.

Just as big, Friedrich helped stabilize a rotation that’s

struggled due to injuries and ineffectiveness. Friedrich (1-0) held

San Diego to two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out

seven and walking one. He was Colorado’s first-round pick in the

2008 amateur draft.

”I guess it’s a dream come true,” Friedrich said. ”I

struggled the last two years. To come up here and have some

success, I know it’s only one, but it feels great. It’s a weight

lifted off my shoulders. Now I can go out and there and do my


With two starters on the disabled list, the Rockies called up

Friedrich and Alex White to get them through this three-game

series. White pitched well in a 3-1 loss Tuesday night.

”That, just like last night, was really refreshing to see,”

manager Jim Tracy said. ”I tip my cap to Christian Friedrich,

knowing the work he has put in and the fact that what we saw today

was the result of a lot of work on a lot of people’s part in the

organization. This kid worked really, really hard and he’s gotten

himself into a really good place.

”Really, the unfortunate thing is we weren’t able to win last

night’s game with the two young guys we sent out there,” Tracy

said. ”But to see what we saw from the pitching standpoint from

both these guys is extremely encouraging going forward.”

The Rockies scored four unearned runs in the sixth against

Anthony Bass (1-4) after shortstop Andy Parrino committed a

fielding error on Jonathan Herrera’s grounder with one out. Carlos

Gonzalez doubled and Michael Cuddyer followed with a sacrifice fly.

Giambi was intentionally walked before Rosario hit a high fly ball

that bounced off the top of the fence in left, bringing in Gonzalez

and Giambi. The umpires reviewed the hit on video but upheld the

double. Chris Nelson singled in Giambi for a 5-2 lead.

Nelson hit another RBI single in the eighth.

Each team had a runner thrown out at the plate.

In the fourth, Gonzalez and Cuddyer hit one-out singles. Giambi

doubled off the top of the fence in center field, sending Gonzalez

and Cuddyer racing home. Gonzalez scored but Cuddyer was thrown out

on Parrino’s relay throw.

The umpires reviewed Giambi’s hit and upheld the double.

In the third, San Diego’s Cameron Maybin reached on a one-out

throwing error by shortstop Marco Scutaro and Chase Headley

followed with a single to right. Yonder Alonso doubled to left to

bring in Maybin for a 2-0 lead. When it looked like left fielder

Gonzalez might try to throw to second, Headley hesitated and then

broke for home and Gonzalez threw him out.

Friedridch allowed a walk and two singles in the first,

including Alonso’s RBI single,

”I don’t recall a ball being barreled up against him,” Tracy

said. ”That’s how good he was. They flipped a couple of base hits

out there to help them produce their two runs, but I don’t know

that they completely squared a ball up against him in the time he

was out there.”

Bass allowed five runs, one earned, and nine hits in 5 2-3

innings, struck out four and walked one.

Bass ”was hanging in there. Then we opened the door for them,”

Padres manager Bud Black said, referring to Parrino’s error. ”That

came back to haunt us.

”The key at-bat was Rosario’s at-bat,” Black said. ”He threw

a slider and Rosario has some power. That kind of took the wind out

of his sails.”

NOTES: Tracy said RHP Jeremy Guthrie is scheduled to make a

rehab start for Class A Modesto on Thursday. If all goes well, he

could be activated in time to start Tuesday night at San Francisco.

Guthrie is on the 15-disabled list with a shoulder injury sustained

in a fall from his bicycle. … Both teams are off Thursday. The

Rockies open a three-game series Friday night at Los Angeles, with

Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.01) scheduled to face Chris Capuano (4-0, 2.21)

in a matchup of lefties. The Padres open a series Friday night at

Philadelphia, with lefty Clayton Richard (1-4, 4.89) scheduled to

face Vance Worley (2-2, 2.84).