The afternoon at PETCO Park started with promise. For the third consecutive game the Friars got a first inning run. Jesus Guzman's single off rookie starter Christian Friedrich scored Chris Denorfia to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Padres starter Anthony Bass(1-4) took the loss despite allowing only one earned run in five plus innings. As it has so many times this season an untimely error proved to be the difference.
The Rockies scored four unearned runs in the sixth against Bass. Shortstop Andy Parrino committed a costly fielding error on Jonathan Herrera's one out ground ball. The flood gates opened after a double by Carlos Gonzalez, a sac fly by Michael Cuddyer and intentional walk to Jason Giambi and a two RBI double off the left field wall by Wilin Rosario.
The Padres bats were quiet. They didn't produce any runs after the third inning. Friedrich, in his big league debut, got the win. Rafael Betancourt pitched a perfect ninth inning for Colorado to get the save.
The Padres are off Thursday, then start a five game road trip in Philadelphia Friday.
NOTES: In 2011 the Padres were 1-3 at Philadelphia. Starting pitcher Joe Wieland, who is experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow, will be placed on the disabled list Friday.