PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa picked up right where he left off last season.
The Rockies starter tossed three scoreless innings, and Miguel Olivo had three hits and three RBIs in the Colorado's 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday.
De La Rosa, who was 16-8 with a 4.38 ERA in 33 games last season, limited the Padres to a hit and a walk while striking out two in his first start of the spring. He's expected to be the fourth or fifth starter in Colorado's rotation this season.
"I have a lot of confidence right now," De La Rosa said. "I took it from last season. I always pitch like I have to make the team. Even if I am on the team, I am going to compete like I have to win a spot."
Jason Hammel, who also is expected to win a job in the Rockies' rotation, allowed a run on three hits over three innings.
"They pitched us well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Those guys threw the ball very well."
Padres starter Kevin Correia thought he made strides with his mechanics and felt strong in his second start, though he didn't have much feel for his curveball. Correia, who is expected to be the Padres' No. 2 or 3 starter, allowed two runs on three hits over three innings, including a two-run homer to Olivo in the second inning.
"You're still trying to get a feel for stuff, no doubt," Correia said.
Troy Tulowitzki doubled and singled in three at-bats for Colorado.
Third baseman Chase Headley produced the Padres' lone run against Hammel with a solo home run to right-center field.
One day after his start against the Seattle Mariners was rained out, Padres pitcher Clayton Richard threw a scoreless inning. The Padres have already announced that Richard will start on Friday against the Texas Rangers.
NOTES: Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali met with Padres players and personnel in the locker room prior to the game.