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Continued: Blackmon hits 2-run homer, Morales pitches effectively into 6th as Rockies hold off Padres 2-1

  • Article by: PAT GRAHAM , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 9, 2014 - 1:10 AM

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," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Morales cruised along until walking two batters in the fourth. He struck out Cameron Maybin to wiggle out of the situation.

Denorfia led off the game with a double, only to be stranded when Morales struck out the side.

Blackmon was left on base after a leadoff double, too. Ross struck out two of three, including Troy Tulowitzki on a called third strike that froze the All-Star shortstop.

"This was a good game," Weiss said. "A well-played game."

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 the Fourth of July. ... 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. ... RHP Eddie Butler (rotator cuff) threw around 60 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday. ... Morales is 5-0 against the NL West this season.

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