Colorado’s bullpen held San Diego’s bats at bay over the final three innings to preserve the win for Morales. It was just the fourth victory by a Rockies starter in the last 25 games and first by someone other than Jorge De La Rosa over that stretch.
The Rockies received a scare in the ninth when left fielder Corey Dickerson rolled over his left wrist trying to make a diving catch on pinch-hitter Seth Smith’s two-out double. Dickerson stayed in the game after being checked on by a trainer and manager Walt Weiss.
Dickerson’s wrist was wrapped after the game, but he said X-rays were good.
Morales started the season in the rotation, but was bumped to the bullpen after a shaky stretch. The Rockies made him a starter again out of necessity when Christian Bergman went out with a fractured left wrist.
The 28-year-old Morales has a 1.69 ERA in his last two starts.
“He scattered some balls around the hitting area, he made some pitches and got us out,” Black said of Morales.
NOTES: The Padres will go for their first series win at Coors Field in two years on Wednesday. LHP Eric Stults (3-11) goes for the Padres while the Rockies counter with RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-1), who experienced tightness in his chest after his last start at Coors on July 4. … Ross and Morales both threw 98 pitches, 63 for strikes. … Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (left index finger) could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday. He’s been out since June 4.