- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The San Diego Padres started a left-handed pitcher for the first time this season. It did not go well.

Robbie Erlin, making his season debut, was roughed up for seven runs in three innings and the Padres lost to the Colorado Rockies 10-2 on Saturday night.

“Robbie didn’t have a good outing, obviously,” Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. “He’s got to land more than one pitch for a strike. He’s got to command his fastball. We’ve had two rough ones here. Tonight was ugly.”

Jedd Gyorko homered and doubled and Justin Upton had an RBI single for San Diego but that wasn’t nearly enough to offset 18 hits by the Rockies, including a homer and two singles by rookie Tom Murphy - the first hits of his career.

One bright spot for the Padres was the relief effort by right-hander Casey Kelly, who pitched the last two innings and allowed a run and five hits. He struck out three and walked none in his first big league outing since 2012. He missed the previous two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

“The adrenaline was flowing,” said Kelly, who is scheduled to start Friday against Arizona. “It was good to get out there and get some pitches in, get some work in.”

Pat Murphy liked what he saw from Kelly.

“That was impressive,” Pat Murphy said. “He’s still not where he used to be, but I think he’s approaching it. This outing tonight will help him gain a little confidence.”

Christian Bergman (3-0) pitched 3 1-3 innings of one-run relief after coming on in the third inning for Yohan Flande, who was hit in the left knee area by a line drive off the bat of Gyorko. The ball bounced off his leg into foul territory between third and home for a double.

Flande was briefly examined on the field by team trainers before being led away to the clubhouse for further treatment. The team announced later that X-rays were negative and Flande had a bruised left patellar tendon.

The Rockies took command from the outset, jumping on Erlin (0-1) for four runs in the first inning. Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado and Murphy all had run-scoring singles in the inning.

Gyorko homered off Bergman in the sixth.


Erlin was not only the first left-hander to start a game for the Padres this season. He was the last lefty to do so, starting the final game of last season for San Diego.


Padres: RHP James Shields (12-6), who leads the team in wins, is set to start Sunday’s series finale.

Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (6-12) is set for his fourth start since being reinstated Sept. 1 from the DL, where he spent a month because of an inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA since his return.

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