- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The San Diego Padres didn’t get the sweep they were looking for in Colorado. They’ll settle for seeing their lumber no longer in such a slumber.

“Winning a series here was a big boost, especially after how we started the season,” manager Andy Green said after the Padres dropped the series finale Sunday 6-3. “It was good for our team to take the series.”

The Padres came to Coors Field as the only team in major league history to start a season by getting shut out three times.

They scored a franchise record 29 times in taking the first two games before being throttled by Chad Bettis and Colorado’s big bats Sunday - the Rockies hit five solo homers, including another by rookie Trevor Story, his seventh.

“That team has some power in a good park to hit home runs in,” Green said. “It is as good a middle of the order as anybody else in baseball. Those guys can flat-out hit. We navigated through it fairly well through the series. They bit us today.”



Carlos Gonzalez went deep twice and Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn also connected for Colorado.

Story, whose home run streak ended Friday night after he had become the first player in the majors to homer in the first four games of his career, sent a pitch from Brandon Maurer 425 feet into the left field bleachers leading off the bottom of the eighth.

The shortstop now has 12 RBIs through six games.

Bettis (1-0) allowed two runs, one of them earned, on six hits in seven innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Bettis retired 13 consecutive batters at one point, a streak that ended with Alexei Ramirez’s single in the seventh. Ramirez was thrown out trying to steal on the next pitch by rookie catcher Tony Wolters, who also picked up his first major league hit Sunday.

Cory Spangenberg’s RBI double off Boone Logan in the eighth made it 4-3 before Miguel Castro came in to get the last two outs of the inning. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his second save in two tries.

Gonzalez, who went back-to-back with Arenado in the first inning off James Shields (0-2), followed Story’s homer with a 428-foot shot.

Shields gave up four earned runs on six hits - half of them homers - with two walks and two strikeouts.

“I made three bad pitches,” Shields said.

Raburn’s shot off Shields was his fifth career pinch-hit homer and gave the Rockies a 4-2 lead in the seventh.

“We won the series. That’s all you want,” Shields said. “Our hitters came around the entire series and we capitalized.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Placed 3B Yangervis Solarte on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring and recalled INF/OF Alexi Amarista from Triple-A El Paso. Solarte left Friday night’s game in the fourth inning after getting hurt running down the line on a long single to the gap in left-center and needed help leaving the field.

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (abdominal strain) was scheduled to make his first rehab start for Class A Modesto on Sunday after his start was scrubbed Saturday due to rain.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner (0-1, 11.25) starts for the Padres when they open a four-game series at Philadelphia on Monday night. RHP Aaron Nola (0-0, 1.29) gets the start for the Phillies.

Rockies: After an off day Monday, the Rockies return to action Tuesday when RHP Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 1.42) takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants and RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 5.06).

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