Rockies Vs. Padres: Colorado Score Two In Ninth Inning To Win, 5-3

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Rockies Vs. Padres Score: Troy Tulowitzki Double Drives In Two To Win, 5-3

The Colorado Rockies entered the top of the ninth inning tied at three with the San Diego Padres and finished it with a 5-3 lead. Huston Street closed out the game for his 17th save and a Rockies 5-3 victory.

Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton led the offensive charge. Helton went 4-for-4 with two doubles and his eight home run (a solo shot in the third). Tulowitzki's RBI single in the fifth gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead, but it was his magic in the ninth that served the team well. Carlos Gonzalez started the ninth with a single and then moved to second on a sacrifice by Jonathan Herrera. Todd Helton was intentionally walked, and he and Gonzalez moved up a base each on a Heath Bell wild pitch. Tulowitzki then doubled to right center to plate both of them for the 5-3 lead.

Ty Wigginton had an RBI single in the third inning to score the other Rockies' run. Charlie Blackmon picked up his first career hit with a single to right field in the second inning.

Aaron Cook made his first start of the season and allowed three runs in 5.2 innings, walking four and striking out four. Two runs came in the sixth inning when things started with a Chase Headley walk. A Brad Hawpe single had runners on the corners, but it was a wild pitch by Cook that put Headley across home plate. After intentionally walking Jorge Cantu, Cook's night was over. Matt Belisle allowed an Alberto Gonzalez RBI single to tie the game at three (Gonzalez had the first Padres run with a ground out in the second). 

The Rockies (29-32, 16-17 away) won their first road series since April when they won two against the Chicago Cubs (the third game postponed until late June). They return to Coors Field on Thursday for a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Rockies Activate Aaron Cook Off DL, Send Greg Reynolds To Triple-A

The Colorado Rockies have activated Aaron Cook off of the disabled list to make his first start of the 2011 season. In a corresponding move, Greg Reynolds has been sent back to Triple-A Colorado Springs. But there are several other changes that come in the middle of those two. Rookie Juan Nicasio will stay in the rotation and Clayton Mortensen will move back into the bullpen.

Cook had been out since early spring training with a shoulder injury and then broke the ring finger on his throwing hand in March. Reynolds first came up for the Colorado Rockies when Ubaldo Jimenez went on the disabled list after his Opening Day start. Mortensen joined the rotation when Esmil Rogers went down with injury. Nicasio was brought up when Jorge De La Rosa was lost for the season (the Rockies just moved De La Rosa to the 60-Day DL on Wednesday).

Reynolds had been used sparingly out of the bullpen, but now he can start with the Sky Sox. Mortensen made six starts for the Rockies and posted a 4.16 ERA as a starter, but Nicasio has looked good in his two turns in the rotation (2.08 ERA).

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Rockies Vs. Padres: Aaron Cook Takes Mound For Season Debut

The Colorado Rockies enter Wednesday's late-afternoon contest with the San Diego Padres in a frustrating position. Well, it's been a frustrating position for the team since the start of May. It only gained steamed on Tuesday night when the Rockies were shutout, 2-0. That was even with Ubaldo Jimenez striking out eight in seven innings.

But Wednesday is a new start for Aaron Cook, making his debut after spring training issues. He had problems with his shoulder early on, but then broke the ring finger on his throwing hand in a door during March. He's made several rehab starts and has had his major league season delayed so Juan Nicasio could get an extra start. It now appears that Nicasio will stay in the rotation, moving Clayton Mortensen to the bullpen and Greg Reynolds to Triple-A.

The Rockies couldn't have chosen a better place for Cook to make his start. In his career at Petco Park, Cook has gone 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 11 starts. This is exactly the time for the Rockies to strike.

After Tim Stauffer threw right shutout innings against the Rockies, the Padres will have Dustin Moseley on the mound. He started against the Rockies on May 13and got hit around for six runs in four innings. The Rockies won that, 12-7. Since then he hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts and has picked up one win.

Game time is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Padres Final Score: Colorado Offense Non-Existent In 2-0 Loss

After shutting out the San Diego Padres, 3-0, on Monday night, the Colorado Rockies wound up on the other end of things Tuesday night, losing 2-0 to them. Padres' starter Tim Stauffer and closer Heath Bell scattered five Rockies hits over nine innings to pick up their second win and 17th save, respectively.

Stauffer went eight innings and struck out eight, allowing no runs on four hits. Bell allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, but then went 1-2-3 after that to end the game.

Ubaldo Jimenez followed up his complete game shutout with seven innings of two-run ball, striking out eight. He gave up both runs in the fifth inning. He recorded back-to-back strikeouts to start the inning, but Kyle Phillips singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch to keep the inning alive. He then scored when Alberto Gonzalez singled up the middle to second base. Chris Nelson kept the ball in the infield, but his throw to the plate was a bit late as Phillips hustled to score. Stauffer then singled to left field to score Gonzalez.

Rookie Charlie Blackmon started in left field for the Rockies and went 0-for-3 but did have a nice catch in the field. Rookie reliever Rex Brothers threw a scoreless eighth inning.

The Rockies (28-32, 15-17 away) close out the series on Wednesday afternoon at 4:35 p.m. MT. Aaron Cook makes his season debut while Dustin Moseley opposes him.

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Dexter Fowler Placed On 15-Day DL, Charlie Blackmon Called Up

On Sunday, Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler came up with a strained left abdominal muscle, which, at the time, didn't appear to be too serious. However, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Fowler will likely be placed on the disabled list today. Renck is unsure of the corresponding move, but calling up Triple-A outfielder Charlie Blackmon is likely.

Blackmon has been raking throughout the season with Colorado Springs, hitting .342/.393/.576 with 10 homers and 12 stolen bases. Looking at his split stats, on the road he is hitting .328/.366/.525, so he is not a Security Service Field creations (akin to so-called Coors Field creations).

Fowler, for his part, has struggled this season. He's hitting .238/.340/.348 and just .231/.325/.343 in May. As of late, manager Jim Tracy decided to move Fowler out of the leadoff spot and has bounced him around from second in the order to eight and once in the ninth spot.

UPDATE: The move became official on Tuesday.

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Rockies vs. Padres: Ubaldo Jimenez On Mound While Colorado Looks To Start Winning Streak

After last night's 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres, the Colorado Rockies are ready for a winning streak. There's no better way to do that than with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. All the Padres can counter with is Tim Stauffer.

Jimenez, we would like to believe, turned a corner after his June 1 start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He threw a complete game shutout against them, winning 3-0. He needed 106 pitches, gave up four hits, struck out seven and, more importantly, walked none. This will be his first chance to continue that dominance. After starting 0-5 on the season, Jimenez is looking to start a win streak just as the Rockies are.

Tim Stauffer has been a solid start for the Padres with a 3.99 ERA/3.24 FIP in 12 starts. He has given up more than a hit per inning (78 in 70 innings), but he's walked 19 and he averages 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings (not great, but currently a career high). The Astros did get to him on June 2 for seven runs in five innings. And in his last four starts, he's gone 1-3, but the team scored a total of four runs in three of those starts.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Padres: Clayton Mortensen Wins Second Game As Colorado Picks Up 3-0 Victory

The Colorado Rockies kicked off their three-game series with the San Diego Padres with a 3-0 victory on Monday night. Until the top of the ninth innings it appeared the Rockies would take a 1-0 victory, but insurance runs did cross home plate.

The Rockies picked up their first run of the game in the first inning of the game. After Carlos Gonzalez struck out in his first game as the leadoff batter, second baseman Chris Nelson triple to deep center. Todd Helton followed with a strikeout, but Troy Tulowitzki came up with an infield single to score Nelson.

Fast forward the next seven innings to arrive at the top of the ninth and the Rockies still held a 1-0 lead. Ty Wigginton led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a Seth Smith triple. A Chris Iannetta single put Smith across home plate. Gonzalez was the only starter outside of Clayton Mortensen who did not pick up a hit in the game, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Mortensen (2-3) scattered five hits over six innings, walked tow and struck out three. Reliever Rex Brothers made his major league debut and flashed a fastball that reached 97 mph and a slider that was at 84 mph. He allowed tow hits, but also induced a double play. Huston Street struck out two on his way to his 16th save.

The Padres' Clayton Richard started, struck out eight over seven innings and allowed one run. No Padres batter was able to pick up a multi-hit game.

The Rockies (28-31, 15-16 away) continue this series on Tuesday night with Ubaldo Jimenez facing Tim Stauffer.

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Rockies Vs. Padres: Battle Of The Claytons Begins Colorado-San Diego Series

The Colorado Rockies finish their nine-game West Coast road trip with a three-game set against San Diego Padres. The Rockies are currently 2-4, taking one game each from the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. In all, they are now 5.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

Monday's game is a battle of Claytons as Clayton Mortensen and Clayton Richard take the mound. Clayton Mortensen is still in danger of losing his spot in the rotation since Aaron Cook makes his season debut in Wednesday's contest. Mortensen didn't do himself any favors on May 31 when he allowed five runs in four innings. He walked four and struck out none. In five starts, he has a 5.02 ERA and a 1.465 WHIP. He could move back to the bullpen, allowing Greg Reynolds to be optioned to the minors.

Clayton Richard must be thankful that this game is being played in Petco Park. His home ERA is 2.42 in five starts, but winless in San Diego. His road ERA is 5.97. In his last start, he failed to complete five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and four walks. In eight career starts against the Rockies, Richard holds a 5.64 ERA with a 1.679 WHIP.

Expected Pitching Matchups

Monday
Clayton Mortensen vs. Clayton Richard, 8:05 p.m. MT, ROOT

Tuesday
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Padres' Tim Stauffer, 8:05 p.m. MT, ROOT

Wednesday
Aaron Cook vs. Padres' Dustin Moseley, 4:35 p.m. MT, ROOT

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