The Colorado Rockies were riding their longest winning streak of the season on the first day of June.
Christian Friedrich could help Colorado end the month on a positive note, but the rookie left-hander needs to improve what's been a rocky personal stretch.
Friedrich will try to snap a four-start losing streak Saturday night when the Rockies and San Diego Padres continue their series in Denver.
After Marco Scutaro 's run-scoring single gave them an 11-10, 11-inning victory over Washington on Thursday, the Rockies (30-46) opened this NL West series with their third consecutive home win over San Diego, 10-2 on Friday.
Colorado hadn't won two in a row since June 4, when Friedrich (4-5, 5.86 ERA) went seven strong innings in a 4-0 victory at Arizona.
That was the last win by a Rockies starter before Jeff Francis ' 82-pitch performance Friday."I hope a lot of our young people are paying close attention as to what you can do with 75 or 80 pitches if you do it correctly," manager Jim Tracy said of the pitch limit his starters have faced since they've gone to a four-man rotation.
Friedrich did plenty right in his major league debut, fanning seven in six innings of a 6-2 victory at San Diego on May 9 that helped the Rockies end a five-game skid and salvage the finale of that three-game series.
While Friedrich will try to help the Rockies win three in a row for the first time since a season-best five-game stretch May 28-June 1, the Padres (28-50) will look to bounce back with Edinson Volquez (4-7, 3.82) on the mound
The right-hander enjoyed one of his strongest outings of the season in a 2-0 win over Seattle on Sunday when he allowed four singles in 6 2-3 innings.
Volquez was 1-5 with a 5.72 ERA in his previous seven starts.
"I think he had his secondary pitches today," manager Bud Black told the Padres' official website. "All three pitches were working, he was locating the fastball ... he threw the ball great."
However, the right-hander has surrendered at least three free passes in each of his last eight starts and his 5.15 walks per nine innings is the second-worst ratio in the majors.
Giving Carlos Gonzalez a free pass might not be the worst idea the way the 2010 NL batting champ is swinging the bat. The left fielder extended his hitting streak to eight Friday with a two-run triple.
Gonzalez is batting .455 (35 for 77) with seven homers and 20 RBIs during an 18-game hitting streak in Denver.
Colorado has scored 48 runs and is batting .344 in its last seven games.
The Padres are hitting an NL-low .231. That's not a surprise to Volquez, who has the second-lowest run-support average in the league at 2.48.
The Rockies, who are 13 games behind West-leading San Francisco, have lost two games to last-place San Diego in the standings this month.
|San Diego Padres|
|June 21, 2012||Anthony Bass||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 10, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained neck|
|June 04, 2012||Will Venable||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|June 04, 2012||Eric Stults||15-Day DL||Strained left latissimus dorsi muscle|
|May 31, 2012||Andy Parrino||15-Day DL||Sore right hand|
|May 31, 2012||Andy Parrino||15-Day DL||Sore right hand|
|June 17, 2012||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sore right hamstring|
|June 03, 2012||Juan Nicasio||15-Day DL||Strained left knee|
|June 02, 2012||Jordan Pacheco||Day-to-Day||Sore left quadricep|
|June 02, 2012||Juan Nicasio||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left knee|
|May 31, 2012||Troy Tulowitzki||15-Day DL||Strained left groin muscle|
|May 24, 2012||Ramon Hernandez||15-Day DL||Strained muscle, left hand|
DENVER (AP) -- Yasmani Grandal stepped off the plane and made baseball history.
Grandal, called up from Triple-A before Saturday's game, homered from both sides of the plate for his first two hits in the majors and led the San Diego Padres to an 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies .
"I can't describe how remarkable this is," Grandal said. "Just getting the call-up was surreal. To get called up and hit two home runs for my first two hits, it's just incredible."
It was the first time a player has homered from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits, according to the Padres, with information supplied from Elias Sports Bureau.
Alexi Amarista , who hit a grand slam Thursday in Houston for his first big league homer, connected in consecutive innings for the Padres.
Grandal, who had one at-bat in his debut four weeks ago, flew out to right in the second before he hit a solo home run in the fourth off Christian Friedrich .
He said after fouling a ball off his foot in the second he felt zoned in on Friedrich's delivery.
"I told (hitting coach Phil) Plantier, `Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I've got this guy,"' Grandal said. "You could see his fastball. If you looked for it you could hit it. He made a mistake and he left it up and I put a good swing on it."
Grandal sent a two-run shot in the sixth into the left-field bleachers off Jeremy Guthrie (3-7) for a 3-2 lead.
"I didn't think that ball was going to go out at all," Grandal said. "I thought it hit the fence so I slowed down coming into second and then I saw (Carlos) Quentin stop."
The two homers were a nice birthday present for manager Bud Black , who turned 55 on Saturday. Black is 5-0 on his birthday and 3-0 against the Rockies.
"I'll take it," Black said. "I've seen a lot of debuts, but this has to rank up there with some of the best. You don't hit two homers in your first major league start. It was very impressive."
The Rockies were impressed with Grandal's debut.
"He's a big, strong kid and he just flicked his hands on it and it went way out," Friedrich said. "I was wondering why we didn't have video on him. It's because it's his first game."
Amarista homered to lead off the seventh inning before the Padres broke it open in the eighth off Adam Ottavino , scoring four times for an 8-2 lead. Cameron Maybin hit an RBI single with two outs and Amarista followed with a three-run homer.
"Amarista, following up on the grand slam Thursday and today two homers, he's swinging the bat well," Black said. "He got a couple of pitches in his zone and he didn't miss them."
Edinson Volquez (5-7) gave up one earned run and three hits in six innings and Chris Denorfia added three hits for the Padres.
Wilin Rosario homered for the Rockies. Jordan Pacheco had an RBI single and Chris Nelson a run-scoring double in the eighth for Colorado.
The Rockies had just two hits through the first five innings but led 2-1. Rosario tied it at 1 when he led off the fifth with his 13th homer of the season. Pinch hitter Eric Young walked and scored when Grandal, the catcher, overthrew Dexter Fowler 's sacrifice bunt.
Volquez worked hard to hold the Rockies down, walking six and striking out eight. He escaped two jams by getting Carlos Gonzalez to ground into double plays.
"He pitched well," Black said. "The only hiccup were the base on balls."
Friedrich, working within the 75-pitch limit dictated by Colorado's four-man rotation, allowed just one run and five hits and struck out five in five innings. His only mistake was Grandal's homer in the fourth.
"It's how I'm supposed to pitch. I need to hit the zone, especially with this new pitch count," Friedrich said.
NOTES: To make room for Grandal, the Padres optioned C Nick Hundley to Triple-A Tucson. ... Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the eighth. ... Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio (left hamstring strain) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game. The team will decide Sunday on the next step in the pitcher's rehab schedule. ... The Padres will send RHP Kip Wells (0-1) to the mound Sunday while the Rockies are expected to recall LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-2) from Triple-A to start for them.