Rockies 5, Padres 0

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SAN DIEGO (AP)—The San Diego Padres wore camouflage jerseys to honor the military on Memorial Day.

And it sure seemed like Colorado’s Jason Jennings was throwing camouflage balls.

“No, they were white. I was just putting them in the right spots tonight,” Jennings said after throwing a career-best two-hitter, facing four over the minimum as the Rockies won 5-0 on Monday night. “It was just kind of one of those nights.”

The Rockies settled right back in at Petco Park. Matt Holliday, Brad Hawpe and rookie Ryan Spilborghs homered as the Rockies improved to 4-0 at Petco this season, all of them no-doubters.

The Rockies swept a series here in the season’s first week, when they became the first team to score in double digits in three straight games at the spacious downtown park, which opened in 2004.

Jennings tied the Rockies record for the fewest hits in a complete game. Darryl Kile threw a two-hitter against Florida on Sept. 10, 1998, and Shawn Estes allowed two hits in a six-inning complete game against Los Angeles on April 22, 2004.

“He was absolutely fantastic tonight,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “He had everything going for him. Controlled their bat speed, stayed down. He had it all. Masterful.”

Jennings (3-5) pitched his fifth career complete game and third shutout. On May 6, he threw a seven-hitter in a 5-0 win against Houston. His previous low-hit game was a five-hitter in his major league debut on Aug. 23, 2001, at the New York Mets.

Jennings allowed only two singles, in the second to Mark Bellhorn, who was erased in a double play, and in the eighth to Adrian Gonzalez.

After walking Padres starter Mike Thompson with two outs in the third, Jennings retired 13 straight before walking Bellhorn leading off the eighth. Jennings struck out seven and walked three. Only one Padres baserunner reached third.

Jennings improved to 4-0 in six starts at Petco. He went six innings in a 10-4 victory here on April 9.

Jennings said the key has been to throw outside fastballs “and let them hit to the big part of the field.”

Both of the power alleys at Petco are 402 feet—the fence in right-center was brought in nine feet during the offseason—and 396 to straightaway center.

“Maybe it’s just a comfort zone at this stadium,” Jennings said. “We just seem to kind of put it together a little bit better that we have especially at L.A. and San Fran. We hardly ever play good there.”

The Padres lost for the ninth time in 13 games. They showed no punch a day after rallying to beat St. Louis 10-8, including hitting two of the four longest homers in Petco history.

“Coming from the game we played yesterday, where there was so much offense, you expect something,” Padres leadoff batter Dave Roberts said after going 0-for-4.

“Jason threw a great game. It’s hard to get down on a pitching performance like that,” Roberts said.

“He likes the ballpark,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “We couldn’t get anything going.”

Holliday had three hits and Hawpe drove in three runs.

The Rockies kept Thompson (2-1) from becoming just the second Padres pitcher to win his first three big league starts.

Holliday homered to straightaway center leading off the second inning, his 12th. Garrett Atkins walked, and Hawpe homered into the sand play area beyond the fence in right-center, his 11th.

Spilborghs hit his first big league homer with one out in the seventh, a solo shot to straightaway center off Jim Brower. He got the ball back after it landed in the Padres’ bullpen.

“It was incredible,” said Spilborghs, who is in his second stint with the Rockies this year. “I didn’t know it was going to be a home run, and I almost missed first base because I was trying to fly around for a triple. I wasn’t sure if it was going to leave or not.

“The feeling of your first big league home run, you try to savor it when you’re running around the bases. I absolutely loved it. It was such a great feeling.”

The Rockies have outscored the Padres 37-12 in four games in San Diego this year, with 11 homers.

“It’s amazing because it seems like the way they swing the bats here, it’s like Coors Field,” Roberts said. “They do have confidence when they come here.”

Thompson allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.

Notes

San Diego also had just two hits on Tuesday night, when they beat Atlanta 2-1. … The Rockies have won two straight after losing the first five games of this road trip. They beat San Francisco 6-3 on Sunday, when Barry Bonds hit his 715th career home run to pass Babe Ruth. … Estes said he’s “98 percent” certain he’s going to have reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow next week. Estes strained his left elbow during his Padres’ debut on April 5 and was put on the DL two days later.

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