Don't try telling Jorge De La Rosa that Coors Field is still a hitters' paradise.
De La Rosa (11-6, 3.26 ERA) is 7-1 with a 2.59 ERA at hitter-friendly Coors Field. That ERA is six-tenths of a run lower than the previous best in stadium history over a single season - Ubaldo Jimenez 's 3.19 in 2010 - consisting of at least eight starts.
He has allowed one run or fewer in four straight home starts and allowed just two home runs in 62 2-3 innings in Denver.
De La Rosa picked up another win at Coors on Friday, scattering eight hits and three walks to allow a single run in five innings of a 10-1 victory over Pittsburgh. Six hits and two walks came in the first two innings.
"The game could've gone either way early," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website. "That's a great job of minimizing some damage there."
De La Rosa's struggles haven't been limited to Friday's early innings, though. He's allowed 33 baserunners in 14 innings over his last three outings and hasn't made it more than six innings in nine straight starts.
Though his record doesn't show it, De La Rosa's home outings versus San Diego (54-65) have generally been a disaster. He has a 7.12 ERA in his past seven starts against the Padres in Denver - allowing five homers in his past 22 1-3 innings - but is 3-1 thanks to a 9.57 run-support average.
San Diego's Andrew Cashner (8-6, 3.87), on the other hand, has seemingly figured out his issues with the long ball. The right-hander has allowed two home runs over his last 11 starts after giving up seven over his first eight.
Wildness has been a problem, as he has surrendered 17 walks over his last six starts, including four his last time out. He gave up five runs - three earned - in five innings of a 7-2 loss at Cincinnati on Friday.
"I got into some counts I wanted to be in," Cashner said. "I just didn't execute late in the counts."
Cashner has posted a 3.75 ERA without allowing a home run in two starts against Colorado this season after allowing four over his first 8 2-3 innings against the Rockies (56-65).
The Padres broke out of a lengthy offensive tailspin on Tuesday. After scoring 13 runs and hitting .196 while losing five of their previous six games, they mustered seven runs and 12 hits in rallying back from a 4-1 first-inning deficit.
"You can't completely wash it out," San Diego's Jedd Gyorko said. "We showed resiliency to fight back the way we did."
Will Venable has begun August with a 10-game hitting streak, batting .368 with three home runs, two triples and three doubles.
The Rockies, meanwhile, have apparently figured out how to deal with the loss of Carlos Gonzalez , who is on the DL with a sprained right middle finger. After scoring three runs in the first three games of Gonzalez's absence, Colorado has totaled 38 in its last five.
That surge has been led by Nolan Arenado , who is batting .432 during a 10-game hitting streak. He has three doubles, a triple and four RBIs over the Rockies' last five games.
Catcher Wilin Rosario is 9 for 23 with a homer and nine RBIs in the past five, but he may miss the finale after straining his right hamstring Tuesday.
"I think he'll be sore (Wednesday)," Weiss told the team's official site. "We'll check with him, but he was pretty sore the rest of the game."
|San Diego Padres|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Quentin||15-Day DL||Right knee strain|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|August 08, 2013||Christian Friedrich||60-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||15-Day DL||Sprained right middle finger|
|August 01, 2013||Tyler Chatwood||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 01, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 23, 2013||Drew Pomeranz||15-Day DL||Left bicep tendinitis|
DENVER (AP) -- Veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba typically helps to get his pitchers through tough innings with timely talks on the mound or some smart pitch selection.
He took a different route this time, calling on his legs, glove and instincts.
Torrealba completed a remarkable double play by tagging out two runners, Jorge De La Rose pitched seven solid innings and the Colorado Rockies hung on to beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 Wednesday.
"I owe him a dinner, I think," De La Rosa said of Torrealba and his defensive gem. "It was a huge play. We won the game on that play."
Corey Dickerson doubled twice, tripled and drove in two runs. Troy Tulowitzki had two hits and a pair of RBIs as Colorado completed a 5-1 homestand on the heels of a 1-9 road trip.
De La Rosa (12-6) allowed two runs on eight hits in running his record in eight day-game starts this season to 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA. He struck out six and walked one.
Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.
Andrew Cashner (8-7) gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none.
De La Rosa was laboring to hold a one-run lead in the sixth after giving up a leadoff single to Jedd Gyorko , throwing a wild pitch and surrendering a single to Jesus Guzman , putting runners at first and third with none out.
Logan Forsythe hit a grounder to third and Gyorko broke for home. Third baseman Nolan Arenado threw the ball home to Torrealba, who chased Gyorko back toward third. As the two neared the bag, Torrealba managed to tag Gyorko on his back.
Torrealba then spotted Guzman barreling for third, made a dive in front of the sliding runner and tagged him out an instant before he reached the base.
"I guess it was the play of the game but it was just reaction," said Torrealba, who made the spot start in place of regular catcher Wilin Rosario (hamstring). "I really don't even know how I did it, to be honest with you."
Gyorko knows all too well how it happened.
"I got in a rundown and Torrealba made a pretty good play to get both of us," Gyorko said. "He ran that to perfection. I tried to stay in the rundown a little longer to give guys a chance to move up. That's the right play, it just didn't work out."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Torrealba's heady play exemplifies the way he plays the game.
"He gets pitchers through tough innings," Weiss said. "He brings a lot of positive energy every day. He's one of those guys who doesn't have to light up the box score to help his team win."
De La Rosa completed the escape from the inning by getting Ronny Cedeno to ground out.
Colorado added an insurance run in the eighth on Dickerson's RBI double.
The Rockies went up 3-1 with a pair of runs in the third. Dexter Fowler led the inning off with a single and one later, Dickerson tripled off the wall in the center. Tulowitzki followed with a single for his second RBI of the game.
San Diego closed to within a run in the fourth when Gyorko doubled with two outs and Guzman followed with an RBI single.
Colorado went in front 1-0 in the first on consecutive two-out doubles by Dickerson and Tulowitzki. Forsythe had a bead on Tulowitzki's deep drive to left field but the ball was knocked loose from his glove when he crashed against the wall.
The Padres evened the score on Chris Denorfia 's RBI single in the third.
NOTES: San Diego's Will Venable beat out an infield single in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, a career high. ... The Padres return to San Diego to begin a 10-game homestand, their longest of the season. RHP Tyson Ross (3-5) is set to pitch the opener Thursday of a four-game set against RHP Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets . ... The Rockies head to Baltimore, where they'll open a 10-game road trip on Friday with RHP Juan Nicasio (6-6) going for Colorado against Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen. ... Rockies C Wilin Rosario was out of the lineup a day after tweaking a hamstring.