DENVER -- The San Diego Padres had "one of those nights" Tuesday, a debacle of a ballgame in which they looked nothing like a playoff team.
Coming off three straight tight and impressive victories, the Padres took a big step backward, allowing eight RBI to Matt Holliday in matching the most lopsided loss in franchise history, 20-1 to the Colorado Rockies.
"Nobody got hurt," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said, trying to find a bright spot. "We got knocked out early in the first round."
Holliday hit two homers in amassing his career high for RBI. That total was the most in the NL this season, and tied the franchise record.
"It was kind of humbling," Holliday said. "It's fun with these type games. When you're on the winning side, it's fun. When you're on the losing side, it's terrible."
Colorado matched a franchise record with its 20 runs and tied the Yankees -- 20-11 winners over Tampa Bay on June 21 -- for the most in the major leagues this season. The 19-run victory was the largest winning margin in franchise history.
The loss, meanwhile, dropped the first-place Padres to 75-75. That's still five games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West, although after this game, the punch lines are sure to keep rolling in about the so-called "race" in that woefully weak division.
"Our objective is to get to the playoffs and play good baseball," Bochy said. "We'll figure that out once that happens."
Who starred for Colorado?
Holliday homered onto the left-field concourse and off the left-field foul pole en route to his career night. Luis Gonzalez had four hits and four RBI, also a career high. Relief pitcher Marcos Carvajal had his first major league hit, a two-run single in the seventh that made it 17-1 ... the list went on and on for the Rockies, who have won as many games as anyone in the NL West since June 1, but still are deep in last place.
"We've only won 62 games this year," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've still got a lot of work ahead of us."
San Diego starter Woody Williams (8-12) was lifted before he could get an out in the second inning, having allowed nine runs and nine hits. Combined with the six runs he gave up in 3 1/3 innings on opening day at Coors Field, Williams' ERA against Colorado this season shot up to 29.10.
By the time reliever Scott Cassidy got the Rockies out after the second, it was 10-0.
But there is no 10-run rule in the majors and, an inning later, Colorado had bumped it to 15-0. Bochy responded by emptying his bench to start the bottom of the fourth, subbing in players at every position except left field and first base.
The biggest suspense after that was whether Bochy would turn to a position player to pitch in hopes of conserving his bullpen for the stretch run. He did -- bringing third baseman Sean Burroughs in to work the eighth.
Throwing 75 mph "fastballs," Burroughs allowed four hits and three runs, including Holliday's foul-pole shot, in his first major league pitching appearance.
Holliday called going against a position player on the mound a "no-win" situation for him or any batter. Burroughs simply tried to have fun with it.
"The home run was a mistake pitch, definitely," he joked. "You can't blow a 78 mph fastball by a hitter the caliber of Matt Holliday."
The beneficiary of Colorado's big night was Jamey Wright (8-16), who was recently demoted to the bullpen but got a spot start because of an injury to Byung-Hyun Kim. Staked to the 7-0 lead after the first inning, Wright prevented any Coors Field comeback in this one, holding the Padres to one run and five hits over six innings.
The Rockies tied a franchise record for runs in the first inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and hitting for the cycle. Dustan Mohr's two-run homer was the highlight. It gave Colorado a 6-0 lead.
The loss was the worst in franchise history for the Padres, tied with a pair of 19-0 defeats in 1969, their first year of existence. And while every team has awful nights like this, the timing was particularly bad for the Padres.
They had won three straight close, dramatic games -- and four in five nights -- and their 8-7 victory over Colorado in the series opener Monday put them over .500 after leading the division at or below the break-even point for more than a week.
As Tuesday showed, they aren't quite at full stride yet.
Paired with San Francisco's 4-3 win over Washington, the Padres' magic number stayed stuck at eight.
"It's happened before, and it will happen again," Williams said. "The longer you play, everything is going to happen to you."
This marked the fifth time Colorado has scored seven runs in the first. The last was July 11, 1999, against the Angels. ... Williams had allowed only one earned run in each of his last four starts. ... With the win, Wright avoided joining Darryl Kile with the franchise record for losses in a season (17). ... Colorado's only other 20-run game was Sept. 23, 2003, against Arizona.
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Dave Roberts, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Ben Johnson, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.218|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.275|
|Manny Alexander, 2B-3B^P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.292|
|David Ross, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.234|
|Brian Giles, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.302|
|Craig Breslow, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Xavier Nady, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Ryan Klesko, LF||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||.249|
|Paul McAnulty, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.211|
|Khalil Greene, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.256|
|Damian Jackson, SS||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Joe Randa, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Sean Burroughs, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.258|
|Robert Fick, 1B||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.286|
|Chris Hammond, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric Young, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Woody Williams, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Scott Cassidy, P||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Mark Sweeney, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.297|
|2B - Dave Roberts (17, Wright)|
|RBI - Robert Fick (29)|
|PK - Ramon Hernandez (1, Wright)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Robert Fick (6, Wild throw), Khalil Greene (14, Missed catch)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Woody Williams (L,8-12)||1||9||9||8||0||0||1||5.07|
|HBP - Mohr (by Craig Breslow)|
|WP - Craig Breslow (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 44-28, Scott Cassidy 50-33, Craig Breslow 62-38, Chris Hammond 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 2-2, Scott Cassidy 1-3, Craig Breslow 2-6, Manny Alexander 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Woody Williams 13, Scott Cassidy 13, Craig Breslow 17, Chris Hammond 3, Manny Alexander 7|
|Clint Barmes, SS||6||2||3||0||0||0||3||.303|
|Cory Sullivan, CF||3||2||1||0||1||0||1||.289|
|a- Choo Freeman, PH-CF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||3||3||2||0||0||2||.316|
|b- Ryan Shealy, PH-1B||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.337|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||3||4||8||0||0||2||.307|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||2||1||1||0||1||1||.285|
|Omar Quintanilla, 2B||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Luis Gonzalez, 2B-3B||6||2||4||4||0||1||1||.288|
|Dustan Mohr, RF||4||2||2||2||1||0||1||.216|
|Danny Ardoin, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.238|
|c- J.D. Closser, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.220|
|Jamey Wright, P||4||0||1||1||0||3||2||.145|
|Marcos Carvajal, P||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.250|
|David Cortes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Sullivan in the 6th|
|b-fouled out for Helton in the 6th|
|c-walked for Ardoin in the 7th|
|2B - Todd Helton (41, Williams), Matt Holliday (22, Williams), Luis Gonzalez (23, Cassidy), Danny Ardoin (10, Williams), Jamey Wright (1, Williams)|
|3B - Garrett Atkins (1, Williams)|
|HR - Matt Holliday 2 (17, Cassidy, Alexander), Luis Gonzalez (9, Cassidy), Dustan Mohr (17, Williams)|
|SF - Matt Holliday (4)|
|RBI - Todd Helton 2 (69), Matt Holliday 8 (77), Garrett Atkins (81), Luis Gonzalez 4 (40), Dustan Mohr 2 (38), Jamey Wright (3), Marcos Carvajal 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Marcos Carvajal 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Barmes-Gonzalez-Helton, Gonzalez-Barmes-Helton|
|Jamey Wright (W,8-16)||6||5||1||1||2||2||0||5.58|
|HBP - Ross (by Jamey Wright)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jamey Wright 85-48, Marcos Carvajal 22-15, David Cortes 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamey Wright 10-3, Marcos Carvajal 1-1, David Cortes 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jamey Wright 23, Marcos Carvajal 6, David Cortes 4|
|Attendance - 18336|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|