Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler homered, helping Jeff Francis and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 Friday in a festive home opener at Coors Field.
Francis (1-0) was ahead of batters all afternoon as he scattered five hits over six sharp innings. The soft-throwing lefty nearly became the first Rockies starter to eclipse the 100-pitch mark in 106 games, but was pulled after striking out Nick Hundley on his 97th offering to finish the sixth.
The last time Colorado had a starter reach the century mark in pitches was last June 12. It's the longest string in the majors since records started being kept by STATS in 1988.
Rafael Betancourt pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save as the Rockies improved to 12-9 in home openers.
Troy Tulowitzki kept up his quick start, breaking a tie with a two-run double in the third. He also added a single.
Jason Marquis (0-1) was cruising along early before a costly fielding error by shortstop Everth Cabrera in the third pav...