DJ LeMahieu recorded two hits and an RBI while Troy Tulowitzki
had two hits and scored twice for the Rockies. Nicasio (2-0) allowed two
runs and four hits in the first inning before yielding only two hits and
a walk after that while LaTroy Hawkins — the fifth Colorado pitcher — worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his third save.
Seth Smith contributed two hits and an RBI, Will Venable
added two hits and a run scored, and Jedd Gyorko drove in a run
for the Padres, who had won four of their last five games.
Robbie Erlin (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits while
striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings.
The first four Padres reached on hits, with Smith and Gyorko
providing RBI singles to stake San Diego to a 2-0 lead before
Nicasio had retired a batter. LeMahieu delivered a two-out
single in the second to score Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado's
sacrifice fly drove in Tulowitzki in the fourth to make it 2-2.
The Rockies took the lead in the fifth when Michael Cuddyer
singled with two out, and Carlos Gonzalez and Tulowitzki walked
before Rosario drove in Cuddyer with a hard grounder that
caromed off reliever Tim Stauffer. The Padres loaded the bases
with two out in the seventh, but Boone Logan retired Alexi
Amarista on a grounder.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Nicasio improved to 7-0 in 13 career April starts
and 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in six outings against San Diego. ...
Padres SS Everth Cabrera (.340) did not play because of a sore
knee. ... San Diego hitting coach Phil Plantier was ejected by
home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson in the bottom of the fifth inning
for arguing balls and strikes.
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