Rockies 4, Padres 2
Ubaldo Jimenez and Troy Tulowitzki helped the Colorado Rockies
bounce back quickly from a disappointing loss.
Jimenez pitched six effective innings, Tulowitzki hit a two-run
double and the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Sunday to
take the deciding game in the first series of the season between
the NL West rivals.
Colorado was coming off a 5-4 loss to the Padres in 14 innings
on Saturday night in the longest game in the majors this
“Any time you play 14 innings and get a loss, usually a team
comes out dead the next day,” Tulowitzki said. “But I thought we
responded nicely. We got on top of ’em early and held the lead
Jimenez (2-0) allowed two runs and seven hits. He also struck
out seven while improving to 3-0 with a 3.15 ERA in his last three
starts against San Diego dating to September 2008.
“I was hoping to go seven or eight innings, especially after
last night’s game,” he said. “But I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted
to be. I was falling behind in the count. But I was still able to
get through some innings using my fastball.”
Franklin Morales got three outs for his second save in two
chances, capping three innings of scoreless relief by the Rockies’
“Our pitchers have done a huge job this whole series,”
Tulowitzki said. “Offensively, we’re not where we need to be.
Defensively, we’re not where we need to be. We know we’re a much
better team and we need to pick up the intensity a little bit and
start playing better. But any time you’re playing a team in your
division, it’s nice to get a series win.”
There was a downside for the Rockies, who lost center fielder
and leadoff hitter Carlos Gonzalez to a tight left hamstring.
Gonzalez was injured when he scored from second on Tulowitzki’s
double in the bottom of the third. Manager Jim Tracy said Gonzalez
is day to day.
Gonzalez is off to a strong start. He tied his career high with
four hits in the opener at Milwaukee and has an RBI or run scored
in each of the Rockies’ six games this season.
Jimenez stayed out of trouble until Chase Headley doubled with
two out in the sixth to start a two-run burst. Will Venable
followed with an RBI single and later came home on Yorvit
Torrealba’s infield single.
“You know any time you are facing Jimenez, you’re in for a
battle,” San Diego manager Bud Black said. “Two runs at that
time, you’re still in the game, but you are in an uphill battle
when you fall behind.”
Jon Garland (0-2) went six innings for San Diego, yielding four
runs and eight hits.
“I’ve left a lot of stuff out over the plate these early
games,” Garland said. “It would be good if I threw 95 mph or
above, but I don’t. I can’t really get away with it.”
The Rockies loaded the bases in the third when Jimenez reached
on a fielder’s choice, Gonzalez singled and Jason Giambi walked.
Tulowitzki, 0 for 6 in a game for the first time in his career the
night before, then doubled to center to score Jimenez and Gonzalez,
who appeared to begin limping as he turned for home.
Miguel Olivo hit his second homer of the season in the fourth,
putting the Rockies up 3-0 with a drive to center.
Dexter Fowler, who replaced Gonzalez in the top of the fourth,
tripled and scored on Seth Smith’s fifth-inning single to
NOTES: All three of the Rockies’ wins this season have come in
day games. … Playing all 14 innings on Saturday earned Rockies 1B
Todd Helton the day off. … Jimenez has gone a franchise-record 55
regular-season starts in a row without allowing multiple homers. It
also is the longest active streak in the majors. … The Padres
return to San Diego to play their home opener Monday against