Now in his sixth season, Dexter Fowler is finally putting it all together.
Unfortunately for the San Diego Padres , he's doing most of his damage against them.
Fowler looks to stay hot as the Colorado Rockies go for a fifth consecutive win over the Padres in the second of three Saturday night at Petco Park.
A former big-time prospect, Fowler never really made much noise before hitting .300 with 13 homers in 143 games last season. The 27-year-old center fielder, though, appears ready to take a much bigger step in 2013.
Fowler hit a pair of homers in Friday's 7-5 series-opening victory, including a tie-breaking shot in the ninth inning. Of his team-leading six home runs, four have come against the Padres (2-8).
" Dexter Fowler is on fire right now," Padres catcher Nick Hundley told the Rockies' official website. "That's perfectly clear. There are times when you help him out by leaving a pitch up in the zone, but you just have to tip your cap in the ninth. I mean, he takes a changeup down to deep right-center? That's just talent and good hitting."
Colorado (6-4), which swept a three-game set versus San Diego last weekend, has gone 14 for 41 (.341) with runners in scoring position and outscored the Padres 27-11 during their four-game winning streak. The Rockies haven't taken five straight from San Diego since Sept. 9-Oct. 1, 2007 - their longest run in the 21-year history of this series.
While San Diego's Carlos Quentin received an eight-game suspension for his role in Thursday's brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers , he will continue to play pending an appeal by the players' association. After getting hit on the arm by a pitch, Quentin charged the mound and crashed into Zack Greinke , breaking his collarbone.
"We expected the worst and hoped for the best," said manager Bud Black , whose team has dropped three straight and six of seven. "We know it varies from case to case. I think eight was on the high side."
Mired in an 0-for-11 slump, Quentin will try to break out against Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, 1.35 ERA), who allowed six hits over 6 2-3 innings of one-run ball in Sunday's 9-1 win over San Diego.
"I was throwing sinkers. That was the plan today, especially with those guys," he told MLB's official website. "They swing early in the count, they're aggressive, so (catcher) Wilin (Rosario) and I tried to get the sinker down and let them hit it on the ground."
Chacin recorded 14 groundball outs in improving to 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA over his last four starts in the series.
The Padres counter with Edinson Volquez (0-2, 10.00), who surrendered three runs in the first inning opposite Chacin on Sunday before settling down. The right-hander went on to allow one run over the next five frames.
"It was a little tough for me to get loose in the first inning. But you've got to battle. You've got to keep pitching, try to keep the game alive," he said. "I think I'm pretty close. The way I pitched today, I feel pretty good about myself.
Volquez is 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA in eight career starts against the Rockies. While Carlos Gonzalez has gone 7 for 15 in their matchups, Fowler is just 3 for 15. One of those hits, though, was a home run.
|Jorge De La Rosa||1||.000||0||0||0||0||1||.000||.000||.000|
|February 14, 2013||Edwar Cabrera||60-Day DL||Left shoulder impingement|
|San Diego Padres|
|April 09, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Left game - right wrist|
|March 30, 2013||Cory Luebke||60-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|March 30, 2013||Casey Kelly||60-Day DL||Right elbow surgery, out for season|
|March 27, 2013||Logan Forsythe||15-Day DL||Plantar fasciitis, right foot|
|March 22, 2013||Chase Headley||15-Day DL||Broken left thumb|
|March 22, 2013||James Darnell||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Wilin Rosario followed a terrible night at the plate with one of the best of his career.
Rosario had a career-high four hits and drove in three runs, leading the Colorado Rockies over the Padres 9-5 Saturday night.
Rosario broke a 1-1 tie in the second with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run drive off Edison Volquez (0-3). Rosario made it 5-1 with an RBI single in the third, singled off Thad Weber leading off the fifth and singled off Joe Thatcher in the ninth.
A night earlier, Rosario was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
"Some days you come to the plate and maybe your mind is not on the field," Rosario said. "I don't want to say that's why I was 0 for 4 yesterday and today 4 for 5. Sometimes you're good; sometimes you're not. Today I was seeing the ball really well."
Jhoulys Chacin (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, his ERA rising from 1.35 to 1.96. He threw 83 pitches to beat the Padres for the second time this season and improve Colorado to 5-0 against San Diego.
"It's really nice to be able to win a game when you're not pitching that well," Chacin said. "I wasn't getting much movement on my fast ball and I got behind too many hitters. But with our offense you might be able to give up even four runs and still win."
Chacin extended the Rockies' streak of consecutive games without a 100-pitch start to 113.
"Chacin put us in position to win again," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He labored a bit and was working hard to get through that one."
Padres starter Edison Volquez gave up seven runs - six earned - six hits and three walks in 3 1-3 innings, leaving him with an 11.68 ERA. San Diego's fourth straight loss dropped the Padres to 2-9.
"Over the course of 33 starts, you're going to have some rough ones," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Volky has had them right out of the get go. Let's hope that he can get it straightened out. It's the ball-strike ratio, pitching ahead in the count."
San Diego's Carlos Quentin , on the active roster while the players' union appeals his eight-game suspension stemming from Thursday's brawl with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke , popped out to the catcher as a pinch-hitter in the eighth with runners on second and third and one out.
Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Weber, giving the Rockies a major league-leading 15 on the road this season. Carlos Gonzalez had three hits and a walk, and Troy Tulowitzki had two hits and two RBIs.
Todd Helton hit an RBI double in the third, tying Ivan Rodriguez for 20th on the career list with 572 doubles.
San Diego's Everth Cabrera tied his career high with four hits, including a triple and home run in the seventh off Edgmer Escalona . Will Venable homered off Escalona later in the inning.
With the chance to become the first Padres player to hit for the cycle, Cabrera singled in the ninth.
The Padres have been one hit away from the cycle 344 times in their 45-year history.
NOTES: Reid Brignac was in the starting lineup at third base for the Rockies as Chris Nelson was given the night off by manager Walt Weiss . Weiss said Yorvit Torrealba will be the starting catcher Sunday when Jorge De La Rosa starts. Clayton Richard pitches for the Padres.LF Mark Kotsay left the game in the fourth inning with a mild hamstring strain. ... Padres 3B Chase Headley had a double in three at-bats on Friday at Class-A Lake Elsinore on an injury rehabilitation assignment after breaking his left thumb. "It felt great," Headley said. I was real happy with the way I swung the bat, I got jammed and it didn't hurt." He is to return to Lake Elsinore on Sunday and play in the field. Headley was in San Diego to receive his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards from last season.