SAN DIEGO (AP) So much for the theory that the Colorado
Rockies play rotten on the road.
Look what they just did to the San Diego Padres.
Denny Neagle and three relievers combined on a six-hitter and
the Rockies shut out the Padres for the second straight game,
winning 4-0 Thursday.
It was the first time in their nine-year history that the
Rockies had consecutive shutouts. Colorado won its fifth straight
game and earned its first three-game sweep in San Diego.
And it just so happened that the starters were both big
offseason free agent acquisitions, Neagle and fellow lefty Mike
Hampton held the Padres to four hits in eight innings in an 8-0
win Wednesday night. The Padres failed to advance a runner past
second both Wednesday and Thursday.
The Rockies' pitching staff lowered its earned-run average by more than a run
this series, from 6.21 to 5.02. The only earned run in 27 innings
came in Tuesday night's 9-5 win. The Rockies have the best road ERA
in the NL at 1.89.
Todd Hollandsworth and light-hitting catcher Ben Petrick
homered, giving the Rockies six in three games.
"Right now I'm not going to get too carried away with it
because it's so early," Neagle said.
"But, we're playing the type of baseball we need to play," he
said. "If we keep playing like this, we're going to be tough to
beat. We're getting solid starting pitching, we're getting hitting,
we're getting great fielding, and the bullpen guys are coming in
and doing their jobs.
Neagle (2-0) allowed three hits in six innings, struck out five
and walked three for his 100th NL win. He has 107 overall.
Neagle also doubled and scored a run as the Rockies won their
fifth straight. The Padres have lost four in a row.
The Rockies outscored the Padres 21-5. Juan Pierre went 4-for-5,
Two weekends ago it was the Padres who did the damage, sweeping
a three-game series at Colorado and outscoring the Rockies 35-19.
"San Diego came into our place and really stuck it to us,"
Hollandsworth said. "We came in here and had the idea of getting
payback, really. We just kept at it and we were able to get three
"We wanted to come in here and prove that we can play on the
road and get our act together and get going this year."
Hollandsworth hit his fourth homer in the fourth inning, his
10th RBI in his last four games. Petrick snapped his 0-for-22 slump
with a double and homer off Woody Williams (1-2). Petrick hadn't
gotten a hit since singling in his first at-bat of the season.
Jeff Cirillo singled in two runs in the fifth, both unearned
because of second baseman Damian Jackson's fielding error on Juan
Pierre's grounder. Neagle doubled leading off the inning, advanced
on the error and scored on Cirillo's hit.
Williams allowed four runs -- two earned -- on 11 hits in seven
innings. He struck out six and walked two.
"We're cold with the bats," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
"It's going to happen, but we ran into some good pitching.
"We're going through as bad a rut as I've seen since I've been
here," said Bochy, the manager since 1995 and a member of the
staff since 1993.
|Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle completed six innings Thursday, allowing no runs and three hits while striking out five.|
LF Rickey Henderson made his first start since the Padres
purchased his contract from Triple-A Portland on Tuesday. He went
0-for-4. Henderson appeared as a pinch-hitter in the first two
games of the series. ... Rockies OF Ron Gant is listed as
day-to-day with a bruised collar bone after his collision with
Hollandsworth Wednesday night. Gant was taken to a hospital
Wednesday night and X-rays were negative. ... After the game, the
Rockies put LHP Horacio Estrada on the 15-day disabled list,
retroactive to Monday, with left shoulder inflammation. They
recalled LHP Tim Christman from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
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