All-Star Street caps series win in Colorado

All-Star Street caps series win in Colorado

All-Star Street caps series win in Colorado
DENVER -- Hours after learning he'd been invited to his first All-Star Game, Padres closer Huston Street took to the mound in the bottom of the ninth and promptly slammed the door on his former team.

Street, who earned his 12th save, capped a good day for the Padres, who clinched a series victory over the Rockies with the 2-0 win at Coors Field, their sixth win in the last 10 games.

"You couldn't have written a better script," Street said.

Top to bottom, the Padres enjoyed brilliant pitching efforts. Starter Kip Wells scattered six hits in seven innings. Setup man Luke Gregerson navigated through the top of Colorado's lineup in the eighth, and Street used nine pitches to down the club that sent him to San Diego this offseason.

There's no ill-will on Street's behalf. In fact, the 28-year-old noted how special it was to receive his All-Star bid at Coors Field surrounded by friends -- and then go out and notch his second save in as many days against them.

"I still have a lot of love for this organization," Street said. "I got to give some hugs and shake some hands with a lot of Rockies today. It's almost like competing against your brother. I was their teammate for three years, which drives you a little bit more."

Wells (1-1) entered the day with an unflattering 10.89 career ERA at Coors Field then quickly began working to change it.

"I don't know what Kip's numbers here were before, but it doesn't matter after today," Street said.

Wells gave up single in the first, then retired the next two Rockies. Dexter Fowler pegged Wells for a two-out triple in the third inning, but Wells got Marco Scutaro to fly out to right field.

"It was quite an effort," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The thing about it, he was around the zone. The ball was cutting, sinking, his slider was good. He used all his weapons and the hard contact [the Rockies] did have went right at our guys."

Wells had pitched for the Rockies in 2008, making two starts, so he's well aware of the trouble pitchers can find themselves in at Coors Field. His game plan, though, was one the Rockies themselves have tried to instill in their starters this year: Attack the zone and don't be afraid to throw strikes.

"I got balls hit at people when I needed it and the balls hit in the air hung up," said Wells, who picked up his first win since 2009. "I tried to get quick outs and not pitch too fine to where I'm falling behind in the counts."

Said Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer, "He didn't mistake over the plate."

The 35-year-old Wells made his Padres debut on June 26 against Houston, his first big league action since October 2009.

"You make your own luck," Wells said. "Good things happen for opportunistic people."

Wells cited strong defensive play behind him, especially in the seventh inning. With one on, shortstop Alexi Amarista fielded a grounder up the middle, simultaneously applying the tag to a running Jordan Pacheco, then firing a dart to first base to throw out Jonathan Herrera.

Two batters later -- with another runner on base -- left fielder Jesus Guzman sprinted to his right and made a sliding grab along the foul line to end the inning.

The series win gives the Padres (30-50) a tie in the win column with the fourth-place Rockies, and puts them one game behind them in the National League West.

San Diego couldn't manufacture much against Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz (1-2), who allowed one unearned run in six innings.

"We pitched great today," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Unfortunately, we didn't hit well enough to get it done."

Chris Denorfia singled to begin the third inning, Logan Forsythe chopped a grounder to third, which Colorado's Pacheco was unable to handle. Pacheco's throw to first was too high and Denorfia came around to score.

The Padres padded their led in the seventh as Denorfia blooped a hit over the infield to plate Amarista, who clapped feverishly as he crossed home.

Trey Scott is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.