De La Rosa keys Rockies' 3-1 win over Padres
DENVER (AP) Jorge De La Rosa carried a no-hitter through six innings and pitched seven scoreless innings, as the Colorado Rockies withstood a late rally to beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Friday night.
De La Rosa's bid for the first no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field ended in the seventh inning, when Chris Denorfia led off with a triple off the scoreboard in right field, just the second time a Padres batter had gotten the ball out of the infield to that point.
But De La Rosa stranded Denorfia by retiring the next three batters, getting Everth Cabrera on an infield grounder, Chase Headley on a liner to second and Carlos Quentin on a pop-up to blank the Padres on one hit through seven innings.
De La Rosa, who was pitching on eight days' rest because of a bout of back spasms, struck out five and walked one in winning his fifth straight since an 0-3 start.
Adam Ottavino and Boone Logan kept the Padres in check through the eighth and LaTroy Hawkins got his 10th save in as many chances despite giving up three hits in the ninth, including an RBI single by Headley.
The only no-hitter at Coors Field was on Sept. 17, 1996, by Hideo Nomo in a 9-0 Los Angeles Dodgers' win over the Rockies.
Ubaldo Jimenez has the only no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher, at Atlanta in a 4-0 win on April 17, 2010.
The Rockies went on top in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a fielding error by second baseman Jedd Gyorko to score an unearned run. D.J LeMahieu's two-out double advanced Jordan Pacheco, aboard on a fielder's choice, to third. De La Rosa bounced a grounder to second that Gyorko bobbled, allowing De La Rosa to beat the throw to first and Pacheco to cross the plate with the first run.
Colorado made it 2-0 in the seventh with De La Rosa helping out by sacrificing LeMahieu, who had singled, to second. Charlie Blackmon followed with a two-out RBI single, and Stults was relieved by Nick Vincent.
Pacheco added a run-scoring single in the eighth.
Stults (2-4) allowed two runs - one earned - and six hits in 6 2-3 innings in losing to the Rockies for the first time in four decisions covering 13 lifetime appearances.
NOTES: Rockies C Wilin Rosario, on the 15-day DL because of a viral infection, had a rehab start Friday night at Triple-A Colorado Springs and could be activated as soon as Sunday. ... Stults has allowed three or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts. However, he fell to 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA as a visiting pitcher this season. ... De La Rosa has won eight of his last nine decisions against the Padres. ... Home plate umpire Seth Buckminster tossed the Rockies' Nolan Arenado in the eighth for arguing balls and strikes.