Rockies Try to Get Bats Going In Pitcher-Friendly Ballpark

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The Colorado Rockies continue to have trouble scoring runs. With that in mind, Petco Park seems to be the wrong place for them to be.

The punchless Rockies look to get their bats untracked Wednesday night when they continue a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.

Colorado (5-8) finished second in the NL with 860 runs in 2007 en route to winning its first pennant, but that sort of production has been absent in the start of the new season.

The Rockies have scored a league-low 46 runs and turned in another woeful performance in a series-opening 6-0 loss on Tuesday. They didn't even manage a hit off Padres starter Randy Wolf until Brad Hawpe singled up the middle with two outs in the seventh inning.

Todd Helton added a one-out single in the ninth for Colorado's other hit. The Rockies were shut out for the second time this season.

The Padres ended their five-game losing streak against the Rockies, who knocked out San Diego in a one-game playoff for the NL wild card last year.

San Diego (8-6) has certainly enjoyed good pitching at home all season. The Padres, who have posted shutouts in two straight games and led the majors with 20 last season, have a 2.63 ERA at spacious Petco Park - the third-best home ERA in the NL.

Colorado has lost 10 of its last 15 games at Petco, including four shutouts.

The Rockies need several of their hitters to snap out of slumps. Troy Tulowitzki is hitless in his last 16 at-bats and is hitting .149 on the season while Hawpe, despite his base hit, is still batting just .222 through 12 games.

Colorado may be able to break out against San Diego starter Justin Germano (0-0, 0.00 ERA), given its prior success against him. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 8.34 ERA in six career appearances, including five starts, against the Rockies.

Germano, however, has been outstanding in his first two outings of the season. He has given up one unearned run and seven hits in 13 innings, and pitched seven stellar innings last Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to San Diego.

"He's got a lot of confidence right now," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff also should be confident after he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs on Tuesday. Kouzmanoff is hitting .344 (11-for-32) in eight games at home.

San Diego native Mark Redman (1-1, 5.06) makes his first road start of 2008 for Colorado. He earned his first victory Wednesday by yielding three runs and seven hits over five innings in a 12-6 win over Atlanta.

The left-hander is still looking for his first career win in his hometown and against the Padres. He's 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in four appearances, including three starts, against them.