04/20 23:14 CDT Kemp, Norris lead Padres' 17-hit attack in win over Rockies
Kemp, Norris lead Padres' 17-hit attack in win over Rockies
By MICHAEL KELLY
The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) --- Matt Kemp had three hits and four RBIs and the San Diego Padres
scored nine runs in the first two innings of a 14-3 rout of the Colorado
Rockies on Monday night.
Derek Norris had three of San Diego's 17 hits, Will Venable homered and
Odrisamer Despaigne got his first major league hit to help the Padres win for
the fifth time in six games.
For the second time this season every Padres starter got a hit, including
Despaigne (2-0), who led off the third with a single. It was more than enough
for the Cuban right-hander, who allowed just two runs on six hits in 6 2-3
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa struggled in his 2015 debut, lasting two
innings. The left-hander missed the first two weeks of the season with a left
groin strain and was activated from the disabled list before the game.
He didn't have his usual sharpness at Coors Field, where he has a 45-15 career
San Diego scored nine runs in the first two innings to spoil De La Rosa's
season debut. The first four Padres batters got hits, and Yonder Alonso's
two-run single capped the their best first inning since scoring five at
Cincinnati on July 29, 2009.
Will Middlebrooks' two-run triple highlighted a four-run second that ended De
La Rosa's night.
De La Rosa (0-1) allowed nine runs --- seven earned --- on nine hits for his
worst outing in seven years. The Rockies have lost four straight after
beginning the season winning seven of their first nine.
Colorado scored twice in the fourth but San Diego answered with five more runs
in the fifth--- two on Venable's second homer of the season --- to go up 14-2.
It's the fifth time since 2000 the Padres have scored five or more runs in two
innings of the same game, with three of those at Colorado.
The Rockies used six relievers to get through the game with only Friedrich
pitching more than an inning.
Padres: RHP Ian Kennedy threw 81 pitches in an extended spring training game on
Monday. Kennedy, who was put on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring
injury on April 10, will rejoin the team Tuesday in Denver. He is eligible to
come off the DL on Saturday.
Rockies: 3B Nolan Arenado was a late scratch from the lineup with a sore left
wrist. Arenado is hitting .311 and leads the team with three home runs and is
tied for the team lead with 10 RBIs. The Rockies said he is day to day. ... LF
Corey Dickerson left the game after grounding out to end the third inning. The
Rockies didn't announce Dickerson's injury
Padres: RHP Brandon Morrow (0-0) is going for his first win in his third start.
He has pitched well this season, allowing just two earned runs in 14 innings,
but he hasn't stuck around long enough for the win in either game.
Rockies: LHP Tyler Matzek (1-0) has a 1.80 ERA but the Padres have hit him
well. In four 2014 starts against San Diego Matzek is 1-3 with a 3.67 ERA.