DENVER -- Colorado and San Diego finished the first week of the season headed in opposite directions, drastically different, really.
The Rockies are in synch and soaring. With a lineup Sunday that was minus four regulars, they pummeled the Padres 9-1 to sweep their three-game series. It was the Rockies' fifth straight victory, matching their longest winning streak of 2012 and left 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 have a mere total of 14 for the season while being 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, 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. The Rockies, whose rotation seemed questionable to outsiders entering the season, have got 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, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, blooped an opposite-field single into left field and just fair. The hit scored Jordan Pacheco, who led off with a single and moved up on a sacrifice and a ground out.
Chacin, who has allowed two runs in his two starts, held the Padres scoreless until the fourth when Chris Denorfia doubled home a run with two out. After retiring the first two batters in the seventh, 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 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 lead-off single by Chris Nelson, and pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba's single scored Herrera.
The Rockies jumped on the Padres with those three runs in the first inning, which was a 33-pitch inning for Edinson Volquez. Eric Young Jr. led off with a double, and Fowler lined Volquez's 2-1 fastball into the Rockies' bullpen in right field. It was Fowler's fourth homer of the season.
"I didn't know Dex had this much power," manager Walt Weiss said before the game. "He creates a lot of leverage. We just want him to step in the box and be an athlete."
Carlos Gonzalez followed Fowler's homer with a double. Gonzalez moved up on Volquez's second wild pitch of the inning and scored on Reid Brignac's two-out double. He stayed back on an 84 mph changeup and delivered an opposite-field hit to left-center.
Fowler has at least one hit and one run scored in each of their six games.
"I feel relaxed, and that''s huge," Fowler said before the game. "I think when you're in the box, that's really what you want."
Chacin held the Padres scoreless for three innings before Denorfia doubled home a run with two out in the fourth. Mark Kotsay began that inning with an infield single, but Chacin got Yonder Alonso to ground into a double play. Jedd Gyroko singled, moved up on Chacin's wild pitch and scored on Denorfia's hit.
Notes: The Rockies lineup included four reserves - Young, Pacheco, Brignac and Herrera. Weiss said rest and recovery for the regulars factored into his decision along with keeping everybody involved....Weiss said he thought about including right fielder Michael Cuddyer in his lineup until Cuddyer reported Sunday with soreness in his left wrist. He 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 their 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 at New York, Richard gave eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits, including three homers, and two walks in 4 1/3 innings and lost 8-4. Black said Richard was unable to get loose in New York, but during Sunday's bullpen session, had arm strength and arm speed and threw well...The Padres entered Sunday with one home run on Opening Day by Yonder Alonso and none in their past four games...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.