SAN DIEGO The Colorado Rockies swing through California has had an annoying ring to it.
The Rockies lost 2-0 to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, meaning theyve scored just 13 runs in losing five of eight games on the trip, with one left.
Its a difficult thing, Todd Helton said. Theres a point where you try too hard and dont let your natural ability take over, and thats what we are doing. But its gone on too long, and we need to fix it. Were a lot better ballclub offensively than the way weve been playing.
Offensively, we need to go out and play with more confidence and turn this thing around, Helton said.
Alberto Gonzalez and Tim Stauffer had consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the fifth against Ubaldo Jimenez to lift the Padres.
The Padres have won four of six to start an 11-game homestand, their longest of the year. It was just their third win in their last 11 home games against the Rockies.
Stauffer and Heath Bell combined on a five-hitter, with Bell pitching the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances. It was San Diegos third shutout after they tied the franchise record with 20 last year. Colorado was shut out for the third time.
Stauffer (2-4) struck out eight in eight innings, both career-highs, to win for the second time in three starts. He held the Rockies to four hits and walked one.
Jimenez (1-6) was coming off his first victory of the season, 3-0 at Los Angeles, after a nine-start winless streak to start the season. He struck out a season-high eight and walked none in seven innings while allowing two runs and six hits.
Jimenez struck out the first two batters in the fifth, including former teammate Brad Hawpe. Rookie Kyle Phillips singled to right and took second on a wild pitch. Gonzalez hit an infield single up the middle that was knocked down by second baseman Chris Nelson. The ball squirted away behind second base. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki picked it up as Phillips was coming home on the play and threw home, but catcher Jose Morales couldnt hang on. Gonzalez went to second on the throw home and scored on Stauffers single to left.
The Rockies, who beat San Diego 3-0 on Monday night, had runners on second base three times with two outs.
Weve been in games like this on the entire road trip, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. It was down to a few at-bats. But thats the thing we are in search of. At some point in time, we have to reach some level of consistency.