Rockies score early, hold on to beat Padres

July 29, 2011 | 11:45 pm | 3  

The Colorado Rockies scored three runs in the second and none thereafter but won the opener of their series, beating the San Diego Padres 3-2 behind Jason Hammel and five relievers.

Hammel broke a two-start losing streak and won for just the third time since April 30. Matt Belisle, the fourth pitcher used by manager Jim Tracy in the seventh, got a big out to end that inning with the bases loaded, and closer Huston Street left the tying run on second base when he got the final out.

The Rockies, who are 3-4 on this road trip after consecutive victories, scored three runs off Tim Stauffer in the second, the final _ and winning _ run scoring on Stauffer’s balk. Troy Tulowitzki and Seth Smith began the inning with singles and moved up on Mark Ellis‘ ground out.

Ian Stewart drove in just his third run of the season and ended an 0-for-22 drought with runners in scoring position with a single. Chris Iannetta followed with a run-scoring single. A double steal put runners on second and third when Hammel pulled his bat back to try and unsuccessfully chop the ball, and Stauffer then committed his costly balk.

Hammel gave up two runs in the third when Cameron Maybin hit a one-out double and took third on a wild pitch. He scored on Orlando Hudson’s infield single. Hudson stole second and scored on Chase Headley’s single. Hammel struck out Ryan Ludwick and got Jesus Guzman, swinging at a 3-0 pitch, to fly to left.

Hammel gave up a one-out walk to pinch hitter Kyle Blanks in the seventh and left after throwing 115 pitches, one short of his season-high. Matt Lindstrom struck out Maybin but gave up a single to Orlando Hudson that sent Blanks to third.

Matt Reynolds was brought in to face the switch-hitting Headley and walked him. But Belisle came on and got Ludwick to pop out.

After resurgent Rafael Betancourt struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth, Street picked up his 28th save. He struck out the first two batters he faced before Maybin doubled. Hudson hit a ball that Street deflected, scrambled after and got in time to throw out Hudson to end the game.

Other highlights:
_ Betancourt has made eight straight scoreless appearances dating from July 7 totaling 6 2/3 innings. He has allowed one hit and one walk in that span with 13 strikeouts.
_ The Rockies have won two straight for the first time since July 19-20. They last won three straight games from June 14-18 when they won four straight, the first two against the Padres at Coors Field.
_ Todd Helton‘s double in the third was his 21st this year No. 548 in his career, moving him past Manny Ramirez (547) in 23rd place. Hall of Famer Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent are tied at No. 21 with 560 doubles.
_ Ellis went 0-for-4, leaving him hitless in his past 16 at-bats.
_ The Rockies have gone a season-most five consecutive games without a home run. They last did that when they went six straight games without a homer from Aug. 17-22, 2010.
_ Hammel is 3-0 with a 2.92 ERA in four career starts at Petco Park where the Rockies are 38-30 all-time.


  • Pooter | July 30, 2011 | 8:34 am

    This is the beginning of a long win streak and a journey back to first place!!! Just remember my friends, it all began with a little Eric Young Jr.

  • Mike Raysfan | July 30, 2011 | 9:06 am

    Local media was just talking about Heath Bell. Apparently a deal with the Rangers is most likely to happen and there is an expectation of some kind of news by game time today. They were also questioning who will really be starting tonights game for both teams and joked about tomorrow. If all the rumors turned out to be true we could see 2 different teams for tomorrows game. Sounds like there is some question about Mike Adams being here tomorrow also

  • ColRox your Sox | July 30, 2011 | 11:51 am

    I don’t think you can say that this “winning streak” had anything to do with EY being inserted into the line-up. He just happened to be in the lineup when we finally got 2 quality starts in a row from the back of our rotation. We usually get the quality starts to begin a series from the top of our rotation, just to have it thrown away by the back end, but in this case the bottom of the rotation has started us on the right track. Now we just need the top of the rotation to follow suit, which they should, starting with Jiminez today.