DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies
and San Diego Padres
finished the first week of the season headed in opposite directions.
The Rockies are in synch and soaring. With a lineup that was minus four regulars, Colorado pummeled San Diego 9-1 Sunday to sweep the teams' three-game series. It was the Rockies' fifth straight victory, matching their longest winning streak of 2012 and leavung them with a 5-1 record.
Meanwhile, the Padres, who have yet to play at home, fell to 1-5, and once again, their offense was more culprit than contributor. The Padres have not scored more than three runs in any game, and they have been outscored 40-14.
The Rockies were again able to draw on power and starting pitching, hallmarks for them in the young season. Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning, and Wilin Rosario iced the game with a three-run shot in the seventh. The Rockies have hit 13 homers this season -- 12 more than the Padres.
Just as he did Opening Day at Milwaukee on Monday, Jhoulys Chacin
pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. The Rockies, whose rotation seemed questionable to outsiders entering the season, have received at least six innings from their starter in all but one game.
After their productive first, the Rockies didn't score again until the sixth, when Jonathan Herrera
(3-for-4, triple, two RBI) blooped an opposite-field single into left field, just fair. The hit scored Jordan Pacheco
, who led off with a single and moved up on a sacrifice and a groundout.
Chacin held the Padres scoreless until the fourth, when Chris Denorfia doubled home a run with two outs. After retiring the first two batters in the seventh with Colorado ahead 4-1, Chacin gave up a single to Alexi Amarista and departed to a loud ovation from the announced crowd of 31,060 at Coors Field.
Edgmer Escalona gave up single to John Baker, sending Amarista to third and bringing up pinch hitter Carlos Quentin, who has been the Padres' best -- and really, lone -- hitter this season. He grounded into an inning-ending fielder's choice.
The Rockies then broke the game open in the seventh. After Joe Thatcher gave up a one-out double to Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez walked, Anthony Bass
came on in relief. Rosario drove Bass' 0-1 fastball into the left field stands for his third homer.
The Rockies tacked on two more runs against Bass in the eighth. Herrera's triple followed a leadoff single by Chris Nelson, and pinch hitter Yorvit Torrealba's single scored Herrera.
Padres starter Edinson Volquez (0-2) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings.
NOTES: The Colorado lineup included four reserves -- right fielder Eric Young Jr., first baseman Jordan Pacheco, second baseman Reid Brignac and shortstop Herrera. Manager Walt Weiss said rest and recovery for the regulars factored into his decision along with keeping everybody involved. ... Weiss said he thought about including Michael Cuddyer in his lineup until the right fielder reported Sunday with soreness in his left wrist. Cuddyer rolled the wrist trying to make a diving catch in the eighth inning Saturday night. ... Padres manager Bud Black said pitcher Clayton Richard
, who is scheduled to start the home opener Tuesday, had side session Sunday that was "very intense" and said Richard felt good and was "turning it loose." In his first start against the Mets in New York, Richard gave eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits, including three homers, and two walks in 4 1/3 innings during an 8-4 loss. Black said Richard was unable to get loose in New York, but during Sunday's bullpen session, Richard had arm strength and arm speed and threw well. ... The Padres' only homer of the season came from Yonder Alonso on Opening Day. ... Black's lineup included six left-handed hitters among the eight position players. Left-handed hitters had a .255 lifetime average and .350 on-base percentage against Chacin compared to .221 and .303 for right-handed batters.
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