Stults scattered seven hits but didn't walk a batter and struck out four. The Rockies had a few loud outs off of the journeyman lefty, but failed to capitalize on a couple of opportunities and saw the 3-4 hitters in their lineup go 1-for-8 with a pair of strikeouts.
Everth Cabrera doubled as part of his two-hit day and Kyle Blanks hit a two-run home run off of Jeff Francis with nobody out in the fourth inning to give the Padres a decisive three-run lead.
Francis allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks and threw 93 pitches in four innings of work. It was simply not a good enough effort from Francis, whose job might be closely scrutinized by the Rockies over the next few weeks as Drew Pomeranz and Roy Oswalt lurk in the minors.
Dexter Fowler and Eric Young Jr. each had a pair of hits at the top of the lineup for the Rockies, but the rest of the starters combined for just four knocks. Recently-promoted Tyler Colvin had the Rockies' only run batted in. The club's other run scored on a Carlos Gonzalez strikeout and subsequent throwing error by Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Colorado needs a win tomorrow with Juan Nicasio on the hill against the awful Clayton Richard to avoid a series loss to a team that couldn't buy a win over the Rockies -- or much of anyone else -- in the season's early-going.
33 - 30
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