Posted by Mike Rice
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Juan Nicasio pitched six solid innings and the Colorado Rockies recorded a rare road victory with a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Nicasio (2-0) limited the light-hitting Padres to two runs on six hits. The right-hander allowed hits to San Diego's first four batters in the first inning as the Padres took a 2-0 lead. He gave up just two hits after that.
LaTroy Hawkins, the fourth Rockies reliever, pitched the ninth inning for his second save.
Colorado won for just the third time in nine road games this season.
Nicasio ran his career mark to 3-0 in six starts against San Diego with a 2.89 ERA.
The Rockies scratched together a single run in three separate innings, including the go-ahead run in the fifth off Robbie Erlin (1-1).
San Diego, the NL's lowest scoring team, had few scoring chances after the first and was held to two runs or less for the eighth time in 14 games.
The Padres' best opportunity after the first came with the bases loaded in the seventh inning with two outs. But reliever Boone Logan retired Alexi Amarista on a ground out to end the threat.
In the Colorado fifth, Michael Cuddyer singled and Carlos Gonzalez walked with two outs. Tim Stauffer replaced Erlin and loaded the bases with a walk to Troy Tulowitzii.
Edwin Rosario then hit a ground ball that tipped off the glove off Stauffer's glove for an infield single and a 3-2 lead.
San Diego scored twice in the first on four consecutive hits to start the inning. Will Venable led off with a double and went to third on Amarista's single. Seth Smith and Jedd Gyorko followed with RBI singles.
The Rockies cut the lead to 2-1 on DJ LeMahieu's run-scoring single in the second and tied the game on sacrifice fly by Nolan Arenado in the fourth.
Erlin gave up three runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander was coming off a six-inning, one-hit effort in his last start, a 2-1 win at Cleveland on Wednesday.
Cuddyer, who suffered a bruised right elbow Monday night when he fell backwards against the outfield wall while attempting to make a catch, was back in the lineup at first base. ... Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera (sore knee) was held out of the starting lineup. ... When San Diego scored two runs without a hit in the eighth inning Monday night for a 5-4 win over the Rockies, it was the first time the Padres scored the game-tying and eventual game-winning run in the same inning without a hit since May 2004. . Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.69 ERA) faces off against Padres RHP Andrew Cashner (1-1, 1.29) on Wednesday night.