- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Ian Kennedy has dealt with hitter friendly Coors Field better any pitcher in the game, but even he can have an off night once in a while.

Kennedy struggled early and the San Diego Padres couldn’t convert most of their scoring chances in a 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

“Ian pitched pretty well at times,” interim Padres manager Pat Murphy said. “(But) we’re 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. If you’re 1 for 12 in this ballpark with runners in scoring position, it’s going to come back and haunt you.”

Chad Bettis (8-5) worked his way out of trouble all evening, stranding six Padres while striking out six. He turned it over to the bullpen after throwing 94 pitches in his fifth start since returning from elbow inflammation that sidelined him for a month.

Kennedy (8-15) had an uncharacteristically so-so performance at Coors Field, allowing four runs - three earned - in six innings. He entered the game with a 3.02 ERA at Coors - the top figure of anyone who’s thrown at least 50 innings in the Mile High City.

Kennedy said he struggled to put his fastball where he wanted to early in his outing.

“I probably felt like the fourth inning I got to where my fastball had a nice arm slot,” Kennedy said. “But the first couple of innings, I was trying to find it. I think it showed in that second inning where I gave up three runs and made some bad pitches. I didn’t execute on a curveball; didn’t execute on a couple of fastballs and that led to three runs that I felt I shouldn’t have given up but that’s what happens when you don’t execute.”

John Axford got Justin Upton to fly out to end the game as he picked up his 24th save in 29 chances.

Wil Myers had a solo homer, while Melvin Upton Jr. contributed two doubles and a single for San Diego.

Dustin Garneau had a two-run double and Jose Reyes had a two-run single for the Rockies.

Nolan Arenado added three hits, including an RBI single in the seventh, scored twice and turned in another fielding gem, picking up a bunt on the run with his bare hand to easily throw out Kennedy.

Bettis worked his way out of a bases-loaded situation in the second and later a two-on, no-outs bind in the fourth.


Padres: RHP Shawn Kelly (forearm) threw 20 pitches in a simulated game Friday. He will throw a bullpen session sometime this weekend and start next Friday against Arizona.

Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (elbow) threw 42 pitches over three innings during a start for Single-A Asheville on Thursday. He allowed two runs - one earned - as the Tourists were swept by Hickory in the best-of-5 South Atlantic League championship series.


Padres: LHP Robbie Erlin will make his season debut Saturday. It’s also the season debut of a lefty starter for San Diego. Seems like a good time, considering the Rockies are 8-28 against lefties this season.

Rockies: LHP Yohan Flande (3-3, 4.95) is making his 10th start this season.

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