The Colorado Rockies followed Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a series-opening 7-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Monday night at Coors Field. Padres starter Cory Luebke breezed through the Rockies for the most part during his seven innings on the mound. He allowed the Rockies' only run on a Tyler Colvin RBI single in the second inning while limiting the entire team to just six hits.
The team threatened in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second, but Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton and Michael Cuddyer went down in order. Colvin, Marco Scutaro and Chris Nelson each had two-hit nights, but that was the most impact the bats had on the night outside of Michael Cuddyer's double that set up Colvin's RBI single.
Jeremy Guthrie battled through early struggles to pitch seven innings, helping spare a depleted bullpen, but two doubles in the first inning and a sac fly in the second inning had the Padres up, 3-0, early on. Troy Tulowitzki's error on a Cory Luebke ground ball in the fourth inning allowed the fourth run to score. Yonder Alonso had started that inning off with an infield single and then advanced to third on a Jason Bartlett double. After the run-scoring error, Cameron Maybin drove in his second run of the night.
In the seventh and ninth innings, Chase Headley picked up his second and third doubles of the night and crossed home plate on Nick Hundley singles each time. The Padres had seven doubles in the game, six off Guthrie.
The Rockies (4-6, 3-4 home) host the Padres in Game 2 of this series on Tuesday night at 6:40 p.m. MT.
For more on these teams, visit Rockies blog Purple Row and Padres blog Gaslamp Ball. For more news and notes around the league, check out Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.