Jeff Francis pitched six innings of 3-hit shutout baseball Friday night and Wilin Rosario added some early eighth inning fireworks as the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on a warm night at Coors Field. Francis became the first Rockies starter to log a win since the onset of the 4-man/75-pitch rotation and the first to earn the win since Colorado and Christian Friedrich shut-out Arizona on June 4.
The contest was tight for five innings as San Diego’s Jason Marquis held the Rockies close, allowing runs in the first and third before running afoul of three consecutive Colorado extra base hits in the sixth. Dexter Fowler led-off with a walk, moved to second on a Marco Scutaro sacrifice, and scored on a triple by Carlos Gonzalez. Cargo continued home to score on a throw into the stands by Padres second-baseman Logan Forsythe. Michael Cuddyer followed with a double, and he scored on Tyler Colvins’s triple. Colvin scored on Chris Nelson’s ground ball to San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera. Cabrera attempted to short-hop the high-hopper’s second bounce to make a play on Nelson at first, but the hop eluded him and Nelson was safe. Cabrera took a tough error on the “do or die” bouncer.
Tyler Chatwood relieved Francis in the seventh and the Padres’ Carlos Quentin lifted his second pitch into the left-field seats for San Diego’s first run. Chatwood allowed a one-out single to Cameron Maybin, but completed the inning without incident. Colorado went in-order in the eighth, and Chatwood returned for a second inning, but immediately surrendered a double to Alexi Amarista, in at short for Cabrera on a double-switch. Pinch-hitter Will Venable singled Amarista home, then Chatwood walked Forsythe and was removed in favor of left-hander Rex Brothers. Brothers retired all three he faced to forestall the threat.
The Rockies got the San Diego runs back in the bottom of the inning, as Cuddyer, battling out of a slump, homered to short left, driving-in Gonzalez, who had walked. Nelson singled two outs later, then rookie catcher Rosario delivered a moon-shot that touched-down just short of the left-field concourse, foreshadowing the pyrotechnic display to follow.
Matt Belisle handled the ninth, setting down Jesus Guzman, John Baker, and Amarista after a lead-off single by Maybin. The win was Colorado’s first back-to-back since the shut-out of Arizona an June 4.
The two teams face-off again tomorrow afternoon in a 5:15 start featuring the Rockies’ Friedrich (4-5, 5.86) against San Diego’s Edinson Volquez (4-7, 3.82 ) in a lefty-righty matchup. Fireworks will follow the game again Saturday, and the game will be part of regional coverage by FOX, televised locally on channel 31, with radio on KOA 850 am.