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.