Young goes seven strong, adds RBI double to win second straight

DENVER (AP) -- After watching Colorado round the bases over and
over for three games in their home ballpark last week, the San Diego Padres needed a big game from Chris Young.

The big right-hander delivered.

Young pitched seven strong innings and added an RBI double, and
Josh Barfield hit his first career homer to lift the Padres over
the Rockies 5-2 on Monday night.

Colorado scored the most runs ever at San Diego's Petco Park
(32) in a three-game series to sweep the Padres last week,
including a 10-4 win against Young in the opener. The Rockies
didn't have as much luck this time against him, managing two runs
and five hits to at least temporarily erase the memories of last
week's debacle.

"We knew we got pummeled pretty good there," Padres manager
Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't pitch well. He [Young] actually
pitched well in that start, then came back and pitched well [here].
You locate the ball, you're going to have success and he did

Young (2-0) allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against
the Rockies on April 7, his first start with the Padres since
coming over from Texas in a six-player deal. He got the loss in
that game, but bounced back to get his first win on Wednesday,
pitching six scoreless innings against Florida.

Young was nearly as good the second time around against the
Rockies, allowing a solo homer to Garrett Atkins in the fourth
inning and another run on a groundout in the sixth. He struck out
four, walked two and has allowed six earned runs in 18 1/3 innings
in his first NL season.

"As I learned in Petco, I made a couple of mistakes with
pitches and these guys hit it out -- good hitters are going to hit
bad pitches," said Young, who dropped his ERA to 2.95. "Tonight I
limited the mistakes a little more."

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his second save in two
tries, giving him 42 at Coors Field, his second-most against any

Barfield already knows he likes Colorado's home park. He hit the
first pitch he saw at Coors into the deepest part of the park in
the first inning, putting him 240 behind his father, former AL home
run champ Jesse Barfield.

"I talked to my dad last night and he told me to be aggressive
and let it fly and that's what I did. It kinda worked out,"
Barfield said. "It was like a dream come true, my first home run.
I know he's going to take credit for it."

Colorado got off to its best start in nine years by scoring in
bunches on the road. The Rockies had at least 10 runs in each game
at San Diego and had 47 their first six on the road.

They haven't had as much success since returning to Coors Field.

Colorado lost a 1-0 game for the first time in 889 games at its
hitter-friendly park on Sunday, managing seven hits against
Philadelphia. They were only slightly better against Young.

Atkins hit his second homer of the season in the fourth inning,
a solo shot to right-center that ended a 12-inning scoreless streak
for the Rockies. Atkins knocked in another run that cut San Diego's
lead to 5-2.

But that was about it.

The Rockies managed six hits overall -- two by Atkins -- and have
scored just 30 runs in seven home games, losing five of those. It
didn't help that Jeff Francis (0-2) wasn't particularly sharp or
that they had three errors -- two by Atkins.

"We aren't happy with our defense," Rockies manager Clint
Hurdle said. "Sometimes you can clean it up with pitching or
hitting. We didn't do exceptionally well in any area."

Francis was supposed to be one of Colorado's top prospects but
he hasn't lived up to that potential yet.

Barfield hit his homer, a 431-foot solo shot to left-center, on
a pitch that stayed up in the zone. The Padres added three more off
Francis in the fourth on a Vinny Castilla's RBI single and
consecutive run-scoring doubles by Ben Johnson and Young.

Francis lasted six innings, allowing five runs and six hits with
seven strikeouts and three walks.

Francis was a respectable 14-12 last year, but had an ERA of
5.68. He's yet to win in three starts this year and his ERA is up
to 6.75, with 11 walks in 16 innings

"The three runs in the fourth came when I made bad pitches all
in a row and they took advantage of them," Francis said. "I have
to be able to eliminate those mistakes."

Game notes
San Diego had a rare 1-6 putout on a failed sacrifice
attempt by Francis in the fifth inning. Francis popped the ball up,
causing Danny Ardoin to hesitate at first, which gave Young plenty
of time to throw him out at second once the ball hit the ground.
... Colorado's Jason Smith is 9-for-16 against the Padres after
going 1-for-3.

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