SAN DIEGO (AP) -- This stuff is supposed to happen at Coors
Field, not Petco Park.
Then again, Cory Sullivan and Colorado's other young hitters
feel this is the year the Rockies ditch their reputation for being
awful away from their mile-high home.
The Rockies embarrassed the defending NL West champion San Diego
Padres for the third straight game at sea level, chasing ace Jake
Peavy during a seven-run fifth inning and winning 10-4 on Sunday.
"I'd like to think we have a pretty explosive offense,"
And since the Rockies tore apart Petco Park like no other team
has -- including the Padres -- he's definitely onto something.
Sullivan tied a big league record by hitting two triples in the
fifth inning, the first major leaguer to do so in 55 years. Jason
Smith homered twice and drove in a career-high four runs, and Brad
Hawpe drove in three runs on a homer and a triple.
The Rockies wore out Petco's spacious gaps with 18 hits, a Petco
Park record for a visiting team, in backing Jason Jennings (1-0).
Garrett Atkins tied his career-high with four hits, while Smith,
Sullivan and Hawpe had three each.
The obvious question, of course, is: Why?
"Because they're capable of doing it," manager Clint Hurdle
said. "And obviously I think the other team would be the first one
to tell you, they're not pitching like they can or like they need
to. They're probably leaving balls up over the plate. We're getting
some balls to hit, and we're hitting them."
The Padres' pitching staff was shaky to begin with, and then
Colorado exposed their ace.
"This has been pathetic since opening day," Peavy said. He did
beat San Francisco on Monday, but the Padres have lost four
straight since then.
It was Colorado's first three-game sweep in San Diego since
April 17-19, 2001, when the Padres still played at Qualcomm
Petco Park has never seen a series like this since it opened in
2004. The Rockies:
-- Became the first team to score at least 10 runs in three
straight games at the downtown ballpark. They beat the Padres 10-4
on Friday night and 12-4 on Saturday night.
-- Scored 32 runs in three games, a Petco Park record by any team
in a series, including four-game series. The previous record was 24
by the Cincinnati Reds last July 29-31.
-- Outscored the Padres 32-12 and outhit them 48-19. Of those 48
hits, 24 were for extra bases, including eight homers.
-- Scored seven runs in an inning for the second time in as many
games. They had a seven-run first inning on Saturday night against
By comparison, the Rockies had only 10 runs and 24 hits in their
first three games this season, which were at home.
"You look at their numbers and you'd think we were in a
softball league when it's over," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
"They have some young guys who can swing the bat. We fattened up
some averages, that's for sure."
Peavy (1-1) failed to get an out in the fifth, allowing six
straight hits to open the inning, including triple to the base of
the center-field fence. Peavy was chased when Hawpe's triple
caromed off the right-field foul pole and eluded Brian Giles,
pushing the score to 7-3.
"I couldn't make a pitch and we couldn't make a play," Peavy
said. "I let my focus and concentration get away from me. I was
upset with the triple."
Chan Ho Park relieved, and on his second pitch, Smith hit a
two-run homer into "The Beach," a sandy play area just beyond the
fence in right-center for a 9-3 lead.
Sullivan got a two-out triple when Terrmel Sledge fell down
while tracking his fly ball near the left-field fence. It was the
11th time a big leaguer hit two triples in an inning, and the first
since Gil Coan of the Washington Senators on April 21, 1951.
"It's always good to have things that happen only once every 55
years," Sullivan said. "I didn't even realize I hit two triples
in one inning, till somebody said it to me after the game. I had no
idea. It just didn't even occur to me."
After one of Sullivan's triples, Padres third baseman Vinny
Castilla told him: "You guys are making this place look small."
The Rockies cracked double digits for the third straight game
when Smith singled in Atkins in the sixth.
Hawpe and Smith hit consecutive one-out homers off Peavy in the
fourth to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
Smith "drove two balls about as well as you're going to see
driven in this ballpark," Hurdle said.
San Diego's Khalil Greene hit a two-run homer in the bottom of
the inning. Mike Piazza drove in a run in the first on a grounder,
and later was thrown out at home trying to score on Adrian
Gonzalez's double to left.
Jennings, who had a no-decision in his opening-day start against
Arizona, held San Diego to three runs and five hits in six innings,
walked three and struck out one. Peavy tied his career-highs by
allowing eight runs and 11 hits in four innings. He struck out two
and walked one.
It was Smith's second career two-homer game. His first was
July 9, 2004, at Minnesota while he was with Detroit. ... Castilla