Casey Kelly shook off the shaky appearance he made a week ago against the Diamondbacks and turned in six strong innings before fading, as the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Saturday night at Petco Park in San Diego. The Rockies got after Kelly for 3 runs in the seventh, but Brad Brach came to the rescue, shutting three Colorado batters down and stranding one.
Drew Pomeranz started for Colorado, having managed to last longer than 4 innings only once in his last nine outings. He only made it three on Saturday. He gave up a run in the second after striking-out Jesus Guzman and Yonder Alonso when Cameron Maybin singled and rookie Andy Parrino popped a double to right with the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon colliding on the catch-try. Then in the third Logan Forsythe singled and Chase Headley walked with one out. After retiring Yasmani Grandal, Pomeranz grooved a fastball to Guzman, who deposited it over the center-field wall for a 3-run homer and 4-run lead. Pomeranz threw 67 pitches, 42 strikes.
Colorado came-after Kelly in the seventh. Wilin Rosario led-off with an innocent ground-ball to short that Parrino, who was 2-4, surrounded and eventually dropped, allowing Rosario to reach without a throw. Tyler Colvin followed with a single, then Chris Nelson doubled-in Rosario, Colvin to 3rd. Blackmon lined a single to right to plate Colvin, putting an end to the night for Kelly. Brach came-on and retired LeMahieu on a sacrifice fly, Nelson scoring, then got pinch-hitting Jordan Pacheco to pop-out and Dexter Fowler to fly to left.
Brach stayed-on in the eighth and got Josh Rutledge to pop-out, then Joe Thatcher came-on and got Carlos Gonzalez to pop-up a bunt attempt that Alonso did a nice job of snaring and holding. Thatcher allowed a line-single by wilin Rosario, but then Dale Thayer came-on and struck-out Colvin. Luke Gregerson retired the Rockies in-order in the ninth, striking-out Nelson and Blackmon.
Colorado sent five relievers out after Pomeranz, and they covered five innings without surrendering a run. Carlos Torres went two, Edgmer Escalona turned-in a slick 7-pitch sixth, Will Harris and Josh Outman worked out of trouble in the seventh, and Josh Roenicke delivered a 1-2-3 eighth.
The NL West rivals play a rubber match Sunday afternoon starting at 2:05. Right-hander Alex White will go for the Rockies against lefty Andrew Werner of the Padres. Root will have the TV with George and Drew, and KOA 850 will have the radio with the Broncos idle until Monday.