Nady homers, Ross off his game vs. Rockies
Right-hander allows six earned runs on 12 hits over 4 1/3 innings
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jason Pridie reached base four times on Monday and the Rockies had five doubles in the fourth inning en route to a 9-7 victory over the Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Colorado starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who entered the game with a 1.80 ERA, allowed five runs, three earned, on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings.
San Diego starting pitcher Tyson Ross allowed six runs on 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings with six strikeouts. Ross threw 84 pitches, including 56 strikes.
"A lot of the runs came from balls out over the plate," Padres manager Bud Black said of Ross. "He left some fastballs up that were hit. He threw a couple of good sliders, some that were for strikeouts that were well-executed. But a lot of the runs came from elevated pitches. There was some Arizona, wind-blown elements today, but that wasn't the true cause of the one [big] inning."
San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin was a late scratch. He is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Mariners. Quentin was replaced by Tommy Medica with Xavier Nady getting the start at first base. Medica had a double and is hitting .404 this spring.
San Diego leadoff hitter Everth Cabrera had two hits, including a two-run triple in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 6-4.
Earlier in the game, Nady, a non-roster invitee in big league camp, hit a two-run home run to deep left field, his second of the spring.
As for the Rockies, they got doubles from Justin Morneau, Josh Rutledge, Jackson Williams and Pridie in that fourth inning. Pridie had three hits in the game and a walk.
Rutledge's big day on offense continued when he launched a solo home run, his second of the spring, in the seventh inning off right-hander Matt Wisler.
Outfielder Tim Wheeler knocked a solo homer off Tim Stauffer in the ninth to give the Rockies a 9-5 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Lee Orr grounded out to bring Jeremy Baltz in to score. Later in the inning, Ryan Jackson knocked an RBI single, scoring Corey Dickerson.
Up Next: The Padres play their first night game of the spring at 7:05 p.m. PT on Tuesday when they face the Mariners in Peoria. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV. Josh Johnson makes his fourth start of the spring and will likely throw upwards of 75 or so pitches. He's allowed four earned runs in nine innings with eight strikeouts this spring and has impressed the staff with his fastball command and feel for secondary pitches. The Mariners will counter with Randy Wolf, who was 6-10 with a 4.74 ERA in 21 starts for the Padres in 2008.