Marrero drives in four as Rockies top Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies brought a touch of Coors
Field with them to Petco Park.

Eli Marrero drove in four runs on four hits, including a homer,
and Josh Fogg won his Colorado debut as the Rockies beat the San
Diego Padres 10-4 Friday night.

Jason Smith and Garrett Atkins also homered for Colorado, which
scored the last eight runs after trailing 4-2.

Marrero was 4-for-5, capping his night with a two-run double in
the ninth. It was his third career four-hit game. Atkins had three
hits and three RBI. Marrero, Atkins and Smith all contributed to
Colorado's four-run rally in the sixth, which included four
doubles. Nine of the Rockies' 13 hits were for extra bases.

The Rockies opened the season at home, scoring only 10 runs in
losing two of three games in their mile-high ballpark, which is
known for crazy scoring.

"Anytime you only score 10 runs in Coors Field, you're
struggling in hitting, whereas most other places that's about
average," Atkins said.

"We seem to be hitting it in the right spot," he said. "It
seemed like once we got that ball rolling it kept going, so that
was real nice for everybody."

Marrero wasn't even in the original lineup. Outfielder Matt
Holliday was sent back to the team hotel because he was sick, so
Marrero started in left field and Atkins batted cleanup.

"In order for me to hopefully get going, I have to have a quick
start, a good, strong start," Marrero said. "I like to get out
right away. Today I was fortunate enough that a couple of balls
landed in there for me."

Fogg (1-0) allowed four runs, three earned, and five hits in six
innings. He struck out three and walked one. Fogg signed as a free
agent on Feb. 9 after spending the last four seasons with

"We got that big sixth inning, and that was huge to go out
there and instead of being down 4-2, being up 6-4," Fogg said.

The right-hander settled down after allowing four runs in the
first two innings.

"I missed some pitches up in the zone the first two innings,
and I paid for them," Fogg said.

Clay Hensley (0-1) took the loss after failing to get an out in
relief of starter Chris Young, who was making his Padres debut.
Hensley faced four batters, allowing two runs on two doubles and
two singles.

Young, the 6-foot-10 right-hander who was obtained in a
six-player trade with the Texas Rangers on Jan. 4, took a 4-2 lead
into the sixth before it quickly evaporated. Cory Sullivan hit a
leadoff double and scored on Todd Helton's one-out double. San
Diego manager Bruce Bochy replaced Young with Hensley, who promptly
allowed Atkins' RBI double to tie it at 4.

Marrero doubled in Atkins with the go-ahead run, Brad Hawpe
singled and Smith had a run-scoring base hit to make it 6-4 and
chase Hensley.

Hensley was sensational last year as a rookie, with a 1.70 ERA
in 24 relief appearances. He had pitched one scoreless inning this

Atkins homered off Scott Cassidy leading off the eighth.

"Our bullpen struggled," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
"That was the difference in the game."

Young did get his first big league hit, RBI and run in the
second, when the Padres went ahead 4-2. Rookie Josh Barfield was
hit by a pitch with two outs and scored on Young's double into the
left-field corner. Young scored on Dave Roberts' single to left.

San Diego took a 2-0 lead in the first when Brian Giles and Mike
Piazza each had a sacrifice fly. Colorado tied it in the second
when Young allowed solo homers to Marrero and Smith, the first of
the year for both.

Young retired 11 Rockies in a row after giving up Smith's homer.
He allowed four runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings, struck out
seven and walked one.

"Physically, I felt good," Young said. "I probably could have
gone longer. With our bullpen, I'll take our chances most

Game notes
Helton has hit safely in all four games. ... The Padres
placed LHP Shawn Estes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained
elbow. The move was retroactive to Thursday, a day after he injured
his pitching arm during his Padres debut, a 3-1 loss to the San
Francisco Giants. Woody Williams will take his spot in the
rotation. ... To take Estes' roster spot, the Padres recalled
Cassidy from Triple-A Portland. Cassidy was on the opening day
roster but was optioned to Portland after Monday's win over the
Giants to make room for catcher Rob Bowen.

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