San Diego Padres relief pitcher Frank Garces throws in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)
DENVER (AP) — Tyler Matzek pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Nolan Arenado and Drew Stubbs homered, and the Colorado Rockies beat San Diego 3-0 Friday night.
It was the third straight victory for Matzek (5-9) since snapping a five-game losing streak. The Padres managed only one extra-base hit against Matzek — a leadoff double by Abraham Almonte in the ninth that went over the head of left fielder Corey Dickerson.
He struck out six, including three in the third around Rymer Liriano's single, the only other hit to reach the outfield.
Matzek was the first Rockies pitcher to go the distance this season. He improved to 5-0 with a 0.97 ERA in five starts in which he's pitched at least seven innings.
The Padres have lost three in a row.
Matzek also caught a sharply hit liner that shot right back to him off the bat of Liriano in the eighth and had two sacrifice bunts, the first of which put D.J. LeMahieu in position to score on Charlie Blackmon's fifth-inning single.
Eric Stults (6-16) went 6 1-3 innings in a solid outing, but again had a lack of run support. The Padres have been shut out an NL-high 17 times this season, including five times when Stults has been on the mound. It was the 15th time in his 28 starts that Stults has received one or no runs of support.
Stubbs gave Matzek a lead to work with in the first when he connected on a 2-2 pitch for his 14th home run of the season.
Arenado led off the sixth with his 16th home run and second in as many games. He drove a 1-0 pitch from Stults into the left field seats.
NICE TOUCH: Rockies catcher Michael McKenry made a hustling, offbalance catch of Rene Rivera's foul popup to end the third inning, running to the dugout and leaning over the railing to snare the ball, right in front of his manager, Walt Weiss. McKenry then flipped the ball to Rockies owner Dick Monfort, who was seated behind the Rockies dugout. Monfort gave the ball to a fan sitting nearby.
Padres: RHP Joaquin Benoit, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 26 because of soreness in his pitching shoulder, was expected to miss at least another seven to 10 days. However, manager Bud Black said he anticipates Benoit will pitch again before the end of the season. An MRI taken a week ago did not reveal any structural damage.
Rockies: RHP Jhoulys Chacin, on the DL since late June because of inflammation in his right shoulder, has resumed some throwing activities, but manager Walt Weiss said it's unlikely he'll return before the end of the season.
Padres: RHP Joe Wieland is set to start Saturday night's game against the Rockies in his first big league outing in more than two years. Wieland missed most of the 2012 season, all of 2013 and most of this season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow in July 2012. He last pitched in the majors on May 6, 2012, against Miami at Petco Park.
Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, signed to a two-year contract extension by the Rockies earlier this week, will look to continue his recent success against the Padres. De La Rosa has limited the Padres to three or fewer runs in each of his past four starts.
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