Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Jeff Francis earned his first win as a Rockie in
nearly two years, tossing six shutout innings in a 10-2 Colorado triumph over
the San Diego Padres in the opener of a three-game set.
Francis (1-1) scattered three hits while walking one in a six-inning, 82-pitch
The ninth overall pick of the Rockies in 2002, the Canadian-born Francis
was among the National League's most successful pitchers between 2005 and
2007, winning 14, 13 and 17 games across 99 overall starts.
But he won just four times in 2008 and was out of the majors for all of 2009
due to left shoulder surgery. He was victorious just four more times in 2010
before becoming a free agent and signing in Kansas City prior to 2011.
Jason Marquis (1-4) surrendered six runs -- five earned -- on six hits and a
walk in six innings for the Padres, who have lost seven of their last 11
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