Apr 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton (17) greets shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) after the game against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
DENVER (AP) - Jon Garland threw six sharp innings in his first appearance in almost two years and Michael Cuddyer drove in four runs, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Garland (1-0) hardly showed any signs of rust in his first big league start since Jun 1, 2011. He had season-ending shoulder surgery a month later. The procedure also kept him sidelined for 2012. He gave up two runs and struck out two.
Cuddyer finished the night 3 for 4, including a two-run homer in the seventh that sealed the Rockies fourth straight win. Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki each added RBI singles.
Tyson Ross (0-1) lasted four innings and allowed three runs - two earned - in his Padres debut after being acquired in the offseason from Oakland. He struggled with his control as he walked four.
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