Though still plagued by inconsistency, Colorado Rockies pitcher Alex White picked up his first victory with the team on Saturday night. He relied on four relievers to help him pick up that win.
White (1-0, 7.41 ERA) allowed four runs in five innings. In the first inning, Will Venable started the inning off with a home run and then saw Nick Hundley single in another run a few batters later. This put the Padres in the lead, 2-1, as Carlos Gonzalez had singled in a run in the top half of the inning.
The Rockies offense struck in the fourth and fifth innings. Cory Luebke allowed three runs in the fourth inning on a Todd Helton single, a Ryan Spilborghs double and a Chris Iannetta sacrifice fly. Luebke left with one out in the fifth after he allowed a single and a walk to Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez. Troy Tulowitzki followed with an RBI single off Brad Brach.
White returned to the mound in the bottom of the fifth, but a walk and a double put men in scoring position. Jesus Guzman doubled both of the runners in, cutting the Rockies lead to just 5-4. White then struck out his fifth and sixth batters of the game before leaving.
Josh Roenicke, Huston Street, Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt (SV 6) held the Padres to two hits over the final four innings of the game. Brothers struck out three.
The Rockies (66-73, 31-40 away) finish this series on Sunday with Aaron Cook facing Mat Latos. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. MT.
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