SAN DIEGO (AP)—The Colorado Rockies are making Petco Park look like a sea-level version of Coors Field.
With Miguel Ojeda and Cory Sullivan leading the way, the Rockies routed the defending NL West champion Padres for the second straight game, winning 12-4 on Saturday night and ruining Dewon Brazelton’s San Diego debut.
Ojeda, a former Padres backup catcher, homered and singled to tie his career high with four RBIs. Sullivan tied his career high with four hits, including three singles in his first three at-bats, and scored three runs. Jason Smith had three hits and Clint Barmes hit a two-run homer.
Colorado has outscored the Padres 22-8 and outhit them 30-11 in two games. Of those 30 hits, 15 have been for extra bases at Petco Park, which is supposed to be a pitcher’s park.
“We came out tonight and made a statement in the first inning,” manager Clint Hurdle said of his team’s seven quick runs off Brazelton.
“We’re capable of doing this,” Hurdle added. “It’s not like, ‘Wow!’
That said, there were some eye-opening numbers from this game:
— The Rockies became the first team to score 10 or more runs in consecutive games at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. The Rockies won 10-4 on Friday night.
— The career-high nine runs allowed by Brazelton in 2 1-3 innings were the most ever by a pitcher at Petco Park, topping the previous record of eight, by three different pitchers.
— The 11 combined runs in the first inning were the most in any inning in the ballpark’s short history.
“I haven’t managed many games with a score of 7-4 at the end of the first inning on the road, for us,” Hurdle said. “So that was interesting.”
Brazelton (0-1) looked nothing like the pitcher who had a 1.17 ERA during spring training to earn a spot in the Padres’ already-shaky rotation. Brazelton tied his career-high by allowing 11 hits.
A reliever was warming up in the bullpen in the first inning. Every Rockies regular had a hit by the second inning, and each eventually scored at least one run.
“You would think that we are playing at Coors Field the way these games are going,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said.
The only problem with that comparison is that the Padres were held to just five hits on Saturday night by Zach Day and two relievers.
The Rockies opened at home this season and scored only 10 runs in their first three games, including two losses.
“We had a little bit of pent-up aggression after that homestand,” Sullivan said.
Brazelton loaded the bases with his first seven pitches, allowing singles by Sullivan and Barmes, and walking Todd Helton. Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday hit consecutive two-run doubles before Eli Marrero hit a fly to center for the first out, drawing derisive cheers.
Smith hit an RBI single to make it 5-0, and Scott Cassidy began warming up in the bullpen. Brazelton was booed after Ojeda homered to left on a 1-2 pitch to make it 7-0. It was Ojeda’s first hit this season.
“This is not the first impression you want to make, not the first game you want to have with a new team,” Brazelton said. “Over the course of the season you’re going to have 32 starts and one or two are going to be like this. I don’t want it to be the first one.”
Brazelton was obtained from Tampa Bay for third baseman Sean Burroughs in an offseason swap of former first-round picks who desperately needed fresh starts. Brazelton was 1-8 with a 7.61 ERA last year.
Day (1-0) held the Padres to four hits in seven innings. After allowing four runs—three earned—in the first inning, Day held the Padres to just an infield single and two walks the next six innings. He struck out four and walked four.
San Diego rallied for four runs in the bottom of the first, when the first four batters reached. Dave Roberts singled and Eric Young and Brian Giles walked to load the bases. Adrian Gonzalez drove in one run with his single to left, and two more runs came in after Holliday misplayed the ball. Khalil Greene hit a one-out single to make it 7-4.
Barmes chased Brazelton with a two-run shot to left with one out in the third that made it 9-4. Cassidy came on and threw 2 2-3 hitless innings of relief, striking out five and walking three.
Atkins remained in the cleanup spot even though Holliday was back from his one-game absence due to illness. Atkins went 3-for-5 with a homer, three runs and three RBIs in Friday night’s 10-4 win. … Padres C Mike Piazza got the night off and was replaced by Doug Mirabelli. … Padres closer Trevor Hoffman made his season debut by pitching the ninth.