DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies turned to their All-Star
closer to finish off the lowest-scoring game in Coors Field
"I think this was an indication of my progression," said
Fuentes, who struggled in the first month of the season. "I didn't
unravel in a game where it wasn't a very good night for me, but I
got the save."
Fuentes walked the first two batters, then struck out
pinch-hitters Geoff Blum and Xavier Nady. An error on Eric Young's
grounder by shortstop Luis Gonzalez -- who drove in the game's only
run -- loaded the bases before Fuentes fanned Brian Giles for his
12th save in 14 chances, finishing the 28th shutout at Coors Field
-- 16th combined.
"I knew when I put the first two people on I would need a
little help and I got it," Fuentes said of his 35-pitch ninth
inning. "With Giles I was looking for a popup or anything else. I
didn't really care."
Jennings (5-8) walked four, struck out one and benefited from
three double plays. Jay Witasick worked the eighth.
There had been three 2-0 games at the 11-year-old stadium,
including the Rockies' victory over Detroit on June 10. This was
the 847th regular-season game at Coors Field, the most any stadium
needed before hosting its first 1-0 game.
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle could only laugh when noting his
pitching staff had allowed 12 runs a night earlier.
"What a difference 22 hours makes," Hurdle said. "Here we
have 847 regular-season games and we see a 1-0 ballgame."
San Diego had its chances. The Padres also loaded the bases in
the sixth with one out after a walk to Giles and singles by Ryan
Klesko and Mark Sweeney. Ramon Hernandez rolled to Gonzalez for an
easy double play to end the threat.
"It was a rough one tonight and we didn't have much to show for
it," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "The game came down to
when we needed a big hit, we couldn't get it."
The Padres stranded two more runners in the a seventh when Young
flied out with two on and two outs, then couldn't score after
Witasick, a former Padre, walked Giles to open the eighth.
Brian Lawrence (5-8) lost despite allowing seven hits in 7 1/3
"This really stinks," Lawrence said. "I did what I had to do
and it wasn't good enough."
Colorado broke through in the sixth when Aaron Miles reached on
a perfectly placed bunt with one out. Gonzalez hit the next pitch
to the wall in right-center field to score Miles.
Colorado missed a chance to score in the fourth. Todd Helton led
off with a double, but Preston Wilson fouled out to first baseman
Mark Sweeney who threw to third base to get Helton attempting to
The Padres will activate RHP Pedro Astacio before his start
on Sunday. ... Jennings was nicked in the left foot by the barrel
of Lawrence's bat in the third inning. He was unhurt. ... Brad
Hawpe left the game with a strained left hamstring after sliding
hard into second base in the fifth inning. ... Colorado will send
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