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DENVER -- Jon Garland found himself in a no-out, bases-loaded jam early in a tight game.

Pressure? Hardly.

Nervous? Not in the least.

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Garland relished the challenge of trying to escape it. He simply enjoyed being out there again because the thought definitely crossed Garland's mind more than once in the nearly two years it took to recover from shoulder surgery: He just might never pitch in a big league game again.

Garland threw six sharp innings as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Saturday night, soaking up the moment in his first start since June 1, 2011. The righty had season-ending labrum and rotator cuff surgery a month later - a procedure that also kept him sidelined for 2012.

"A week, a month out of surgery, when you can't even pick your arm up - you feel terrible," said Garland, who earned his first win since April 20, 2011, when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers. "It could be gone in an instant. It really can be. I've always appreciated where I'm at."

Garland (1-0) was cruising along until the fourth when the Padres loaded the bases with nobody out. A pressure-packed situation that Garland was actually glad to face. It was as good of test as any, and he passed it with ease. Garland escaped by only giving up one run as he enticed Cameron Maybin to roll into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.

"It doesn't bother me to pitch with guys on anymore," Garland said. "To minimize that damage there, just give up the one run, that was huge."

Especially with this potent lineup behind him.

Michael Cuddyer led the way on this night, finishing the night 3 for 4 and driving in four runs. His two-run homer in the seventh sealed the Rockies fourth straight win. Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki each added RBI singles.

"I said it early on - if they stay healthy, this is a lineup you have to be careful of," Garland said. "I've pitched against most of these guys in here - I know what they're capable of doing."

Tyson Ross (0-1) found out as well in his Padres debut after being acquired in the offseason from Oakland. He struggled with his control as he lasted four innings, allowing three runs - two earned - and walking four.

"I tried to get a little too fine sometimes," Ross said.

Still, Padres manager Buddy Black saw positive signs in his performance. Namely, the velocity on Ross' fastball.

"I liked what I saw overall," Black said.

Carlos Quentin had two doubles and scored twice for the Padres, who are 1-4 to start the season.

Garland attempted a comeback with Seattle as a non-roster invitee this spring before being released. The Rockies acquired Garland off waivers from the Mariners on March 24.

He was efficient and effective all night, mixing in a change with an 88 mph fastball before being lifted for a pinch hitter after throwing 75 pitches.

"There's a lot to be proud of for Jon there, going out there and competing like that, escaping some trouble like he did," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "A lot like Jeff Francis, Garland knows how to manipulate the at-bat, navigate a lineup, minimize the damage. He's a pro and there's some peace of mind with him out there - he's been around and doesn't get flustered when you get a little traffic going."

Relievers Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers bridged the gap to closer Rafael Betancourt, who pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Colorado broke open a close game in the fifth when Gonzalez, Tulowitzki and Cuddyer strung together three straight RBI singles.

Although Cuddyer had a big night, he appeared to injure his left wrist diving for a ball in the eighth. But he returned to the field the next inning and the Rockies later said the wrist was sore but fine.

"Cuddy, he's certainly a special guy," Weiss said. "He does everything the right way. Competes every day, every minute he's out there. Just plays the game right. He's a great example for anybody who watches baseball."

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Gyorko
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

M. Cuddyer
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS5000002 .222
Will Venable, RF3010001 .182
   a- Chris Denorfia, PH-RF1110000 .375
Carlos Quentin, LF4220002 .333
Yonder Alonso, 1B4010013 .235
Jedd Gyorko, 3B-2B3022100 .263
Alexi Amarista, 2B3001001 .000
   b- Cody Ransom, PH-3B1000011 .000
Cameron Maybin, CF4000002 .059
Nick Hundley, C3000111 .133
Tyson Ross, P2000011 .000
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   c- Jesus Guzman, PH0000100 .286
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
   d- Mark Kotsay, PH1010000 .600
Totals3438334  
a-doubled for Venable in the 8th
b-struck out for Amarista in the 8th
c-walked for Thayer in the 7th
d-singled for Cashner in the 9th
Batting
2B - Will Venable (1, Garland), Chris Denorfia (1, Brothers), Carlos Quentin 2 (3, Garland, Garland), Jedd Gyorko (3, Brothers)
RBI - Jedd Gyorko 2 (3), Alexi Amarista (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jedd Gyorko (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1, Will Venable 1
E - Everth Cabrera (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross (L,0-1) 4332420 4.50
Brad Brach 1311010 19.29
Dale Thayer 1000110 0.00
Andrew Cashner 2222131 3.86
WP - Tyson Ross 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 96-61, Brad Brach 19-14, Dale Thayer 12-7, Andrew Cashner 31-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 7-4, Dale Thayer 2-0, Andrew Cashner 2-0
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 20, Brad Brach 5, Dale Thayer 4, Andrew Cashner 8
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4120122 .364
Josh Rutledge, 2B4200012 .227
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3111100 .333
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3121101 .421
Michael Cuddyer, RF4134001 .450
Todd Helton, 1B4000023 .125
Wilin Rosario, C3000111 .400
Chris Nelson, 3B2000201 .308
Jon Garland, P1000001 .000
   a- Jonathan Herrera, PH1000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Young Jr., PH1000010 .200
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Totals3068667  
a-grounded out for Garland in the 6th
b-struck out for Brothers in the 8th
Batting
HR - Michael Cuddyer (2, Cashner)
SH - Jon Garland (1)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (4), Troy Tulowitzki (7), Michael Cuddyer 4 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer (1)
SB - Josh Rutledge (1, 2nd base off Ross/Hundley)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rutledge-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Garland (W,1-0) 6522220 3.00
Matt Belisle (H,3) 1000110 0.00
Rex Brothers 1211010 2.70
Rafael Betancourt (S,3) 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 75-49, Matt Belisle 14-7, Rex Brothers 16-11, Rafael Betancourt 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 11-4, Matt Belisle 2-0, Rex Brothers 2-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-2
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 24, Matt Belisle 4, Rex Brothers 5, Rafael Betancourt 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31133
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Clint Fagan