DENVER (AP)—The Colorado Rockies missed an early chance to blow open Wednesday’s game. They didn’t waste their second opportunity.
Garrett Atkins’ three-run homer capped a four-run second inning, and Troy Tulowitzki and Yorvit Torrealba homered to help the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-1. The Rockies took the final two games of the series after blowing a five-run lead Monday night and losing, 15-8.
“One thing we’ve been able to do is wash off tough losses,” Atkins said. “Monday night was definitely a tough loss, but we were able to come back and take the series.”
The Rockies scored seven runs in the first three innings against Randy Wolf (5-8), who lasted just four innings. They could have had more against the lefty had they cashed in on a golden opportunity in the first when they loaded the bases with no outs.
“It’s not the first time we’ve done that this year,” Atkins said. “We knew were going to get some more opportunities.”
“We had a big opportunity in the first and only got one,” Tulowitzki said. “It’s nice to get one, but it’s kind of a failure. It was definitely nice to get those runs in the second.”
It was more than enough for Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitched into the seventh inning for his second win in his last three starts.
Tulowitzki added a two-run homer in the third, his third of the year, to close the books on Wolf.
“I was horrible. I was just awful,” said Wolf, who has lost his last four starts. “It was embarrassing. I couldn’t throw the ball where I wanted to. Every pitch felt awful. I felt like I was the worst pitcher in baseball today.”
Jimenez (3-8) allowed five hits and one run in 6 1-3 innings. He left after putting two on in the seventh, but Jason Grilli came on to end the threat.
Torrealba connected in the eighth against Carlos Guevara to make it 8-1.
Chase Headley homered and Wolf yielded four walks and six hits for the Padres, who have lost 15 of 18 games.
There was a scary moment in the top of the third when San Diego’s Michael Barrett fouled a pitch off his nose. Barrett remained on the ground near home plate for several minutes. He was attended to by trainers before walking to the clubhouse under his own power. He was taken to a hospital with what was believed to be a broken nose.
“I’ve heard he has a possible fracture of the nose and still undergoing a workup,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He’s still being evaluated. He has a CT scan scheduled. We will have a much better idea of the total situation probably tomorrow.”
Black said Barrett was going to remain in Denver Wednesday night.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Black said. “I’ve seen guys foul balls off other parts of the body, but not off their face.”
The Rockies placed LHP Jeff Francis (shoulder inflammation) on the 15-day DL and recalled LHP Mark Redman from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Redman will take Francis’ turn in the rotation Thursday night against Florida. … Rockies OF Willy Taveras (sore left quadriceps) sat out Wednesday’s game. He is day to day. … Atkins leads the majors with a .468 average against left-handers. … Torrealba extended his hitting streak to eight games.