Latos fans 9 as Padres beat Rockies 2-1
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
DENVER (AP) -- Mat Latos tossed 8 2-3 shutout innings, Orlando Hudson had two hits and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Latos (8-14) got just his third win since June 27 despite stringing together 10 straight quality starts. He struck out a season-high nine and came within a pitch of his second career complete game.
Eric Young Jr. had two hits for Colorado, which has lost six straight.
Latos had the advantage of facing a Colorado lineup devoid of star power. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (left hip), first baseman Todd Helton (back) and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez (right wrist) were all out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game. Tulowitzki pinch-hit in the eighth, the first time he has played since Sept. 13.