SAN DIEGO -- If the first two home games are any indication, Padres fans might need to stay late this season to see their team's best stuff.
"I think it's a good sign," said Bud Black, who got his first home win as Padres manager. "I think it's a great sign. Our guys, as the game goes on, make some adjustments. I think at the end of the game everybody's focus heightens, whether it's offense, defense or on the mound."
David Wells pitched well in his season debut, and the bullpen was lights-out again, allowing the Padres to rally in the ninth.
Jose Cruz Jr. hit a leadoff single to left off Manuel Corpas (0-1) and was sacrificed by Marcus Giles, whose older brother, Brian, was intentionally walked to bring up Gonzalez. Gonzalez hit the first pitch just in front of the wall in left-center to score Cruz.
The Padres have scored nine runs in their last three games, five of them in the ninth inning.
The Padres scored twice in the ninth on Thursday night but lost 5-3 to Matt Morris and the San Francisco Giants. They lost 4-3 to Jason Hirsh on Friday night, but again scored twice in the ninth. Colorado's Josh Fogg pitched well Saturday night before allowing the tying run in the seventh.
"Obviously we'd like to get some runs early on and take some pressure off our starting pitching," Brian Giles said. "But to be honest with you, I feel the last three guys that have thrown against us, Morris, Hirsh and Fogg, I thought they threw pretty good baseball games against us, and our guys answered with pretty good games themselves."
"We know our pitching staff is going to pitch to expectations, and our guys have high expectations," Black said.
The Padres got a nice effort from the 43-year-old Wells, who pitched into the seventh inning.
Wells came up against a familiar malady for Padres pitchers -- lack of run support. Russell Branyan muscled an opposite-field solo homer off Fogg in the fourth, but the Padres otherwise weren't able to put anything together while Wells was in the game.
Wells allowed two runs and six singles in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
He left trailing 2-1, then watched as the Padres tied it in the seventh. Marcus Giles drew a one-out walk, took third on brother Brian's single and scored on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly, which chased Fogg.
Wells got a nice ovation as he walked to the dugout and tipped his cap to the crowd of 40,504.
"We've seen him on TV enough to know he's a big-game pitcher," Atkins said. "He was on his game tonight. We didn't score enough runs."
Wells got into trouble in the third when Troy Tulowitzki hit a leadoff single and
Branyan homered to left with one out in the fourth, his first.
Fogg gave up two runs and six hits, struck out three and walked one in 6 1/3 innings.
"I'd be more encouraged if we won," Fogg said. "A win is a lot better feeling than any performance, that's for sure."
Black got another taste of managing in the NL -- his first double switch, when he replaced Wells with Brocail and left fielder Terrmel Sledge with Cruz, who was inserted into the No. 9 spot.
Black spent most of his big league career pitching in the AL, and spent the last seven seasons as pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels.
"I went out there and Bill Hohn, the home plate umpire, said 'Buddy, are you making a double switch?' And I said, 'As a matter of fact, I am.' It was pretty good," Black said.
- Marcus Giles' walk with one out in the seventh was the first issued by the Rockies in three games. The Rockies had gone two consecutive games without walking a batter, just the second time that happened in franchise history. The other time was Aug. 11-12, 1995, at Atlanta.
- Branyan started at 3B in place of rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff, who's opened the season in a 2-for-17 (.118 slump).
- The Padres wore camouflage uniforms to honor the military.