Rockies score early, hold on to beat Padres
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 behindand five relievers.
Hammel broke a two-start losing streak and won for just the third time since April 30., the fourth pitcher used by manager in the seventh, got a big out to end that inning with the bases loaded, and closer 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.and began the inning with singles and moved up on ‘ ground out.
drove in just his third run of the season and ended an 0-for-22 drought with runners in scoring position with a single. 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.struck out Maybin but gave up a single to Orlando Hudson that sent Blanks to third.
was brought in to face the switch-hitting Headley and walked him. But Belisle came on and got Ludwick to pop out.
After resurgentstruck 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.
_ 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.
_ ‘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.