The Colorado Rockies' rotation remains a work in progress, but at least the team is hitting the ball.
The San Diego Padres just broke out of their brief slump in a big way.
Left-hander Jeff Francis will try to help the Rockies post their first set of back-to-back victories in more than three weeks Friday night, when San Diego's Jason Marquis makes his first start in Denver since leaving Colorado three years ago.
While manager Jim Tracy's recent switch to a four-man rotation has not produced positive results - Rockies starters have a 10.23 ERA over the last six games - the team is batting .352 and averaging 6.3 runs during that stretch after pounding out 20 hits in an 11-10, 11-inning victory over Washington on Thursday.
"We made it a lot harder on ourselves than we needed to," Tracy said of the team blowing an early 7-0 lead.
The Rockies (29-46), who last won two straight June 3-4, continue their seven-game homestand with Francis (0-1, 7.23 ERA) facing the Padres for the first ...