The Padres have scored 17 runs in helping Wells win his last two starts, including a 7-1 home victory over Kansas City on Sunday. San Diego had managed a total of 16 runs as Wells went 0-3 in his previous six outings.
The 41-year-old left-hander pitched six scoreless innings Sunday, allowing four hits while striking out a season-high seven. He didn’t issue a walk, and has surrendered just one over his last 45 innings.
Wells would have gone longer against the Royals but he fouled a ball off his lower right leg in the sixth inning, and didn’t return.
“You don’t want to come out of ballgames like that, especially when you’re just throwing strike after strike after strike, and you’re making your pitches and having some short innings,” said Wells, who signed a $1.25 million, one-year deal with the Padres after spending the previous two seasons with the New York Yankees.
The Padres dropped the series opener 5-1 on Thursday, San Diego’s second straight home loss after winning eight in a row at Petco Park. It was the Padres’ second loss in seven games overall.
Brian Giles extended his hitting streak to seven with a homer for San Diego, which fell a game behind first-place Los Angeles in the NL West.
Todd Helton hit his second homer in three games, helping the Rockies to their sixth victory in seven games.
Colorado will start Shawn Estes, who has a team-high eight victories this season. The left-hander is also 11-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 18 career starts against the Padres. The 11 wins are his most against any opponent.