Young climbs Rockies

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DENVER – Chris Young pitched seven strong innings and added an RBI double, and Josh Barfield hit his first career homer to lift the San Diego Padres over the Colorado Rockies 5-2.

Young (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits to win his second straight start after coming to San Diego in a six-player trade from Texas this past offseason. Barfield hit his homer to the deepest part of Coors Field in the first inning, putting him 240 behind his father, former AL home run champ Jesse Barfield.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his second save in two tries.

Garrett Atkins homered and drove in both of Colorado’s runs, but had two errors. Starter Jeff Francis (0-2) didn’t have his best stuff – again – leading to Colorado’s fifth loss in seven home games.

The Rockies scored the most runs ever at San Diego’s Petco Park (32) in a three-game series to sweep the Padres last week. They haven’t had much success since returning to Coors Field.

Colorado lost a 1-0 game for the first time in 889 games at its hitter-friendly park on Sunday, managing seven hits against Philadelphia. The Rockies were a little better against Young, but not much.

Colorado didn’t hit anything hard off the big right-hander until Atkins hit his second homer of the season in the fourth inning, a solo shot to the back of Colorado’s bullpen in right-center. Atkins knocked in another run with a groundout in the sixth that cut San Diego’s lead to 5-2.

But that was it. Young struck out four and walked two. He has allowed six earned runs in 18 1-3 innings this season.

Francis was supposed to be one of Colorado’s top prospects but he hasn’t lived up to that potential yet.

Barfield hit his homer, a 431-foot solo shot to left-center, on a pitch that stayed up in the zone. The Padres added three more off Francis in the fourth on a Vinny Castilla’s RBI single and consecutive run-scoring doubles by Ben Johnson and Young.

Francis lasted six innings, allowing five runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. The left-hander gave up an unearned run in the fifth inning on a groundout after an error by Atkins at third.

Francis was a respectable 14-12 last year, but had an ERA of 5.68. He’s yet to win in three starts this year and his ERA is up to 6.75, with 11 walks in 16 innings.

Notes: Colorado is 5-1 with 47 runs on the road, but has just 30 runs at home.

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