SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres wore camouflage jerseys to
honor the military on Memorial Day.
And it sure seemed like Colorado's Jason Jennings was throwing
"No, they were white. I was just putting them in the right
spots tonight," Jennings said after throwing a career-best
two-hitter, facing four over the minimum as the Rockies won 5-0 on
Monday night. "It was just kind of one of those nights."
The Rockies swept a series here in the season's first week, when
they became the first team to score in double digits in three
straight games at the spacious downtown park, which opened in 2004.
Jennings tied the Rockies record for the fewest hits in a
complete game. Darryl Kile threw a two-hitter against Florida on
Sept. 10, 1998, and Shawn Estes allowed two hits in a six-inning
complete game against Los Angeles on April 22, 2004.
"He was absolutely fantastic tonight," Rockies manager Clint
Hurdle said. "He had everything going for him. Controlled their
bat speed, stayed down. He had it all. Masterful."
Jennings (3-5) pitched his fifth career complete game and third
shutout. On May 6, he threw a seven-hitter in a 5-0 win against
Houston. His previous low-hit game was a five-hitter in his major
league debut on Aug. 23, 2001, at the New York Mets.
Jennings allowed only two singles, in the second to Mark
Bellhorn, who was erased in a double play, and in the eighth to
After walking Padres starter Mike Thompson with two outs in the
third, Jennings retired 13 straight before walking Bellhorn leading
off the eighth. Jennings struck out seven and walked three. Only
one Padres baserunner reached third.
Jennings improved to 4-0 in six starts at Petco. He went six
innings in a 10-4 victory here on April 9.
Jennings said the key has been to throw outside fastballs "and
let them hit to the big part of the field."
Both of the power alleys at Petco are 402 feet -- the fence in
right-center was brought in nine feet during the offseason -- and
396 to straightaway center.
"Maybe it's just a comfort zone at this stadium," Jennings
said. "We just seem to kind of put it together a little bit better
that we have especially at L.A. and San Fran. We hardly ever play
The Padres lost for the ninth time in 13 games. They showed no
punch a day after rallying to beat St. Louis 10-8, including
hitting two of the four longest homers in Petco history.
"Coming from the game we played yesterday, where there was so
much offense, you expect something," Padres leadoff batter Dave
Roberts said after going 0-for-4.
"Jason threw a great game. It's hard to get down on a pitching
performance like that," Roberts said.
"He likes the ballpark," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We
couldn't get anything going."
Holliday had three hits and Hawpe drove in three runs.
The Rockies kept Thompson (2-1) from becoming just the second
Padres pitcher to win his first three big league starts.
Holliday homered to straightaway center leading off the second
inning, his 12th. Garrett Atkins walked, and Hawpe homered into the
sand play area beyond the fence in right-center, his 11th.
Spilborghs hit his first big league homer with one out in the
seventh, a solo shot to straightaway center off Jim Brower. He got
the ball back after it landed in the Padres' bullpen.
"It was incredible," said Spilborghs, who is in his second
stint with the Rockies this year. "I didn't know it was going to
be a home run, and I almost missed first base because I was trying
to fly around for a triple. I wasn't sure if it was going to leave
"The feeling of your first big league home run, you try to
savor it when you're running around the bases. I absolutely loved
it. It was such a great feeling."
The Rockies have outscored the Padres 37-12 in four games in San
Diego this year, with 11 homers.
"It's amazing because it seems like the way they swing the bats
here, it's like Coors Field," Roberts said. "They do have
confidence when they come here."
Thompson allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, struck
out three and walked two.
San Diego also had just two hits on Tuesday night, when
they beat Atlanta 2-1. ... The Rockies have won two straight after
losing the first five games of this road trip. They beat San
Francisco 6-3 on Sunday, when Barry Bonds hit his 715th career home
run to pass Babe Ruth. ... Estes said he's "98 percent" certain
he's going to have reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow
next week. Estes strained his left elbow during his Padres' debut
on April 5 and was put on the DL two days later.