San Diego at Colorado

San Diego
W: C. Young (2-0) L: J. Francis (0-2)
S: T. Hoffman (2)
HR: SD - J. Barfield (1)   COL - G. Atkins (2)

Padres 5, Rockies 2

CBS wire reports

DENVER -- After watching Colorado round the bases over and over for three games in their home ballpark last week, the San Diego Padres needed a big game from Chris Young.

The big right-hander delivered.

Young pitched seven strong innings and added an RBI double, and Josh Barfield hit his first career homer to lift the Padres over the Rockies 5-2 on Monday night.

Colorado scored the most runs ever at San Diego's Petco Park (32) in a three-game series to sweep the Padres last week, including a 10-4 win against Young in the opener. The Rockies didn't have as much luck this time against him, managing two runs and five hits to at least temporarily erase the memories of last week's debacle.

"We knew we got pummeled pretty good there," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't pitch well. He (Young) actually pitched well in that start, then came back and pitched well (here). You locate the ball, you're going to have success and he did tonight."

Young (2-0) allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies on April 7, his first start with the Padres since coming over from Texas in a six-player deal. He got the loss in that game, but bounced back to get his first win on Wednesday, pitching six scoreless innings against Florida.

Young was nearly as good the second time around against the Rockies, allowing a solo homer to Garrett Atkins in the fourth inning and another run on a groundout in the sixth. He struck out four, walked two and has allowed six earned runs in 18 1/3 innings in his first NL season.

"As I learned in Petco, I made a couple of mistakes with pitches and these guys hit it out -- good hitters are going to hit bad pitches," said Young, who dropped his ERA to 2.95. "Tonight I limited the mistakes a little more."

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his second save in two tries, giving him 42 at Coors Field, his second-most against any opponent.

Barfield already knows he likes Colorado's home park. He hit the first pitch he saw at Coors into the deepest part of the park in the first inning, putting him 240 behind his father, former AL home run champ Jesse Barfield.

"I talked to my dad last night and he told me to be aggressive and let it fly and that's what I did. It kinda worked out," Barfield said. "It was like a dream come true, my first home run. I know he's going to take credit for it."

Colorado got off to its best start in nine years by scoring in bunches on the road. The Rockies had at least 10 runs in each game at San Diego and had 47 their first six on the road.

They haven't had as much success since returning to Coors Field.

Colorado lost a 1-0 game for the first time in 889 games at its hitter-friendly park on Sunday, managing seven hits against Philadelphia. They were only slightly better against Young.

Atkins hit his second homer of the season in the fourth inning, a solo shot to right-center that ended a 12-inning scoreless streak for the Rockies. Atkins knocked in another run that cut San Diego's lead to 5-2.

But that was about it.

The Rockies managed six hits overall -- two by Atkins -- and have scored just 30 runs in seven home games, losing five of those. It didn't help that Jeff Francis (0-2) wasn't particularly sharp or that they had three errors -- two by Atkins.

"We aren't happy with our defense," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Sometimes you can clean it up with pitching or hitting. We didn't do exceptionally well in any area."

Francis was supposed to be one of Colorado's top prospects but he hasn't lived up to that potential yet.

Barfield hit his homer, a 431-foot solo shot to left-center, on a pitch that stayed up in the zone. The Padres added three more off Francis in the fourth on a Vinny Castilla's RBI single and consecutive run-scoring doubles by Ben Johnson and Young.

Francis lasted six innings, allowing five runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Francis was a respectable 14-12 last year, but had an ERA of 5.68. He's yet to win in three starts this year and his ERA is up to 6.75, with 11 walks in 16 innings

"The three runs in the fourth came when I made bad pitches all in a row and they took advantage of them," Francis said. "I have to be able to eliminate those mistakes."


San Diego had a rare 1-6 putout on a failed sacrifice attempt by Francis in the fifth inning. Francis popped the ball up, causing Danny Ardoin to hesitate at first, which gave Young plenty of time to throw him out at second once the ball hit the ground. ... Colorado's Jason Smith is 9-for-16 against the Padres after going 1-for-3.

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Players of the Game

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
San Diego

C. Young
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 4

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Attendance - 18591
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Tony Randazzo