No, this game was not at Petco Park, despite what the 3-1 final in the Rockies' favor would have you believe.
Jorge De La Rosa had his best start of the season and won his fifth straight game, allowing just a hit and a walk in seven strong innings with six strikeouts. Of his 89 pitches, 58 were strikes. De La Rosa had a 9.69 ERA in his first three starts of the season, but has posted an ERA of just 2.19 to go with a 1.11 WHIP in his last six outings.
The only baserunner De La Rosa allowed in the first six innings was a leadoff walk to Carlos Quentin in the top of the second, but thanks to a fielders' choice and caught stealing later in the inning, he faced the minimum through six. A triple from Chris Denorfia to lead off the seventh broke up De La Rosa's no-hit bid, but the Rockies hurler got the last laugh, stranding Denorfia on third.
For a while, Padres starter Eric Stults matched De La Rosa pitch for pitch, retiring the first 10 Rockies he faced before a one-out double by Drew Stubbs in the fourth. The Rockies then broke the scoreless tie in the fifth when De La Rosa reached on an error by Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, allowing Jordan Pacheco to score.
The Rockies extended the lead against Stults in the bottom of the second thanks to a single from Charlie Blackmon that scored DJ LeMahieu, giving Blackmon 30 RBIs on the season.
The Rockies added another insurance run in the eighth with singles from Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau and Pacheco. There was also some controversy in the inning when home plate umpire Seth Buckminster rung up Nolan Arenado on a pitch that was somewhere down around his ankles and proceeded to toss the Rockies third baseman out of the game when he took issue with the call.
LaTroy Hawkins gave up a run in the ninth, but held on to earn his 10th save of the season and first since April 29.
The Rockies will look to get the series win tomorrow as Jordan Lyles takes on Robbie Erlin. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. Mountain Time.
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