San Diego at Colorado

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San Diego (13-16)020110000472
Colorado (14-11) «31300030x1091

Rockies 10, Padres 4

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Hoping for a future in San Diego, Freddy Garcia got no help from the Arizona wind.

Todd Helton, Wilin Rosario and Josh Rutledge all homered off Garcia as the Colorado Rockies beat the Padres 10-4 on a blustery Saturday night.

A non-roster invitee to camp, the 36-year-old Garcia gave up seven runs - three earned - in five innings. His spring ERA dropped to 8.71, but the outing likely did little to help him gain ground on impressive youngster Tyson Ross in the competition for the final spot in the rotation.

There were seven home runs in the game - six in the first five innings when the wind was blowing straight out at Salt River Fields.

"That's great. I'm pitching and competing for a spot and the ball is just flying," Garcia said. "I guess they will make their decision in a couple of days. I don't know what's going to happen, man."

A job in the bullpen is also a possibility, but Garcia isn't interested in a minor league assignment.

"I'll either go north or I'll go home," he said. "I tried to do my job the best I can. If I don't make the team, it's my fault. I'll get my release and see what happens. It's only spring training, but I know I have to pitch better than that."

Gustavo Molina added a three-run shot for Colorado. Rosario's home run was his fourth of the spring and third in three days.

For the second straight day, a Rockies starter was scratched due to injury. Jorge De La Rosa did not pitch Saturday because of tightness in his left forearm. He is expected to throw in a minor league game Sunday.

Jeff Manship got the start and allowed two hits in three innings, including a two-run homer to Nick Hundley in the first.

"(Manship) is a guy who could fall into either a starter role or that middle guy," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "He's got a nice breaking ball, which I think is a swing-and-a-miss pitch. He's gotten more impressive each time out."

Jhoulys Chacin, the team's opening-day starter, was scratched Friday due to back spasms. He pitched two innings against San Diego and allowed two hits, solo home runs to Kyle Banks and Cody Ransom.

"I'm not too concerned about him. It was a little different for him coming into the middle of a game," Weiss said. "He got a ball over the plate to a large man (Blanks), but I'm not worried about him finding his way through lineups. He knows how to pitch."

NOTES: Weiss is more and more impressed with right-hander Rob Scahill, who lowered his spring ERA to 1.35 with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts. "He's another power arm and I think he's gotten some things in order the last two or three times out," Weiss said. "He starting to conquer some things as far as command of the ball and slowing things down when he needs to. He's executing the things he's been working on." ... Blanks had a single to go with his third homer of the spring and is hitting .357 in Cactus League play. ... Weiss said Helton is locked in and ready for the season, despite getting only 19 at-bats to this point. "A guy like him doesn't need 60 at-bats to get right, he probably needs 20," Weiss said.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

W. Rosario
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
San Diego

K. Blanks
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alexi Amarista, 2B-SS4010000 .322
Will Venable, RF-CF4000022 .188
Chris Denorfia, LF3000010 .318
    Anthony Bass, P00000001.000
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   a- A.J. Kirby-Jones, PH1000012 .000
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
Kyle Blanks, 1B4221012 .357
Nick Hundley, C2112111 .429
    Rene Rivera, C1000000 .125
Cameron Maybin, CF3000021 .273
    Justin Miller, LF10100001.000
Cody Ransom, SS2111000 .265
    Travis Buck, LF-RF1000101 .298
Gregorio Petit, 3B3000001 .179
Freddy Garcia, P2000010 .000
    Cory Spangenberg, 2B1010000 .500
Totals3247429  
a-struck out for Brach in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alexi Amarista (5, Scahill)
HR - Kyle Blanks (3, Chacin), Nick Hundley (3, Manship), Cody Ransom (3, Chacin)
RBI - Kyle Blanks (13), Nick Hundley 2 (10), Cody Ransom (7)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Will Venable 1
E - Kyle Blanks (1, Throwing), Cameron Maybin (2, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia (L,1-4) 5573313 8.71
Anthony Bass 1100010 2.45
Brad Brach 1333121 6.48
Dale Thayer 1000020 5.87
HBP - Helton (by Brad Brach)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 38-24, Anthony Bass 6-6, Brad Brach 17-11, Dale Thayer 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 7-8, Brad Brach 1-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 24, Anthony Bass 4, Brad Brach 8, Dale Thayer 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF4000001 .341
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Rob Scahill, P1000010 .000
Dexter Fowler, CF3310100 .342
    Tyler Colvin, CF1000010 .211
Todd Helton, 1B2112101 .316
    Matt McBride, PR-1B1100000 .259
Wilin Rosario, C2211101 .361
    Gustavo Molina, C1113000 .364
Michael Cuddyer, RF3110111 .292
Chris Nelson, 3B3010001 .231
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Charlie Blackmon, LF1000011 .381
Josh Rutledge, 2B3112000 .222
    Charlie Culberson, 2B1010000 .185
DJ LeMahieu, SS3000011 .250
    Reid Brignac, SS1000012 .273
Jeff Manship, P1000000 .000
    Jhoulys Chacin, P1000000 .000
    Nolan Arenado, 3B2010002 .333
Totals34109846  
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (4, Garcia), Chris Nelson (2, Garcia)
HR - Todd Helton (2, Garcia), Wilin Rosario (4, Garcia), Gustavo Molina (1, Brach), Josh Rutledge (1, Garcia)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (5), Wilin Rosario (9), Gustavo Molina 3 (4), Josh Rutledge 2 (7)
SB - Wilin Rosario (1, 2nd base off Garcia/Hundley)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Nelson-Rutledge-Helton, Corpas-Helton, Culberson-Brignac-McBride
E - Nolan Arenado (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Manship (W,1-0) 3222031 5.14
Jhoulys Chacin (H,1) 2222112 7.36
Wilton Lopez (H,3) 1000010 3.86
Manny Corpas (H,4) 1000110 3.86
Rob Scahill 2300030 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Manship 20-19, Jhoulys Chacin 15-9, Wilton Lopez 6-6, Manny Corpas 8-4, Rob Scahill 14-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Manship 5-1, Jhoulys Chacin 3-1, Wilton Lopez 1-2, Rob Scahill 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Manship 11, Jhoulys Chacin 8, Wilton Lopez 4, Manny Corpas 3, Rob Scahill 8
Game Information
Attendance - 12542
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Allen Bailey, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Kellen Levy