Padres-Rockies Preview

Following an unprecedented scoreless streak, San Diego Padres hitters have looked quite comfortable in Colorado.

The Padres will seek another decisive win and their first three-game road sweep of the Rockies in five years Sunday with James Shields starting in place of an ailing Tyson Ross.

San Diego (2-3) set an unwanted major league record by getting shut out in each of its first three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers but has scored 29 in Denver - a franchise record for runs in back-to-back games - after a 16-3 victory Saturday.

Matt Kemp hit a pair of homers and matched a career high with six RBIs, giving him 10 in the series. Cory Spangenberg also went deep while driving in a career-best four runs after having two hits and two RBIs on Friday.

"I guess it's kind of feast or famine right now," manager Andy Green said. "But we'll get to normal baseball here at some point."

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story couldn't add to his record six homers from his first four MLB games, registering one single in five at-bats.

"He'd probably like to hit a homer every game, but it was a heck of a run," manager Walt Weiss said.

San Diego now looks to record its first sweep in 13 series at Coors Field since Sept. 19-21, 2011.

Shields will start on the usual four days' rest even with being moved up a day. The switch was needed because the Padres put Ross on the 15-day disabled list for inflammation in his right shoulder. Ross was tagged for eight runs in 5 1-3 innings in Monday's season opener.

Shields pitched better the next day, allowing three runs with a walk and six strikeouts in six innings of a 3-0 loss to the Dodgers.

Getting enough support hasn't been an issue in his recent matchups with Colorado (2-3).

The right-hander has gotten a combined 40 runs while going 6-0 with a 4.29 ERA in his last seven starts against the Rockies. The Padres gave him 19 runs in his final two matchups with them last season.

Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three lifetime starts against San Diego but didn't have the best outing to open this season. He was charged with five runs in 5 1-3 innings but did not get the loss in an 11-6 defeat in Arizona on Tuesday.

"When it comes down to it, you've got to make your pitches, and that's not what happened," Bettis told MLB's official website.

Bettis likely won't have to face Yangervis Solarte in this start. The Padres third baseman left in the fourth inning of Saturday's victory after straining his right hamstring while running to first base.

Solarte, 6 for 16 with three doubles to start this season, was 2 for 5 with a double against Bettis in 2015.

Nolan Arenado is 10 for 20 with three homers versus Shields, his best performance against any pitcher he has faced at least 14 times. Arenado had two of those longballs in 2015 but is 3 for 19 with one homer this season.


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