SAN DIEGO (AP) - If anyone can appreciate what Kevin Millwood has done with the Colorado Rockies, it's San Diego's Aaron Harang.
Millwood threw seven strong innings in his fifth start since signing as a free agent three weeks ago to lift the Rockies to a 3-0 win over Harang and the slumping Padres on Friday night.
Millwood (2-1) didn't look like a pitcher who before Aug. 10 hadn't pitched in the majors since last season with Baltimore.
``He's a tough competitor,' said Harang, who remembers battling against Millwood when Harang pitched for Cincinnati and Millwood was with Cleveland.
``He's been trying to get back on the radar,' San Diego manager Bud Black said of Millwood. ``He wants to keep pitching and he persevered and is getting his chance.'
It wasn't that Harang threw a bad game, but he didn't get much help from his defense.
Harang allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven, hit one batter, had a wild pitch and did not issue a walk. The right-hander lost for the first time in nine decisions this season when he did not allow a home run.
``I thought he pitched well,' said Black. ``His stuff was very good and he carried that over with good velocity, good location.
Troy Tulowitzki drove in two runs and Jonathan Herrera had three hits and scored two runs.
Millwood allowed seven singles, including three infield singles, with eight strikeouts and no walks. He combined with two relievers to hand San Diego its majors-leading 18th shutout.
Rafael Betancourt pitched the ninth for his fifth save in nine chances.
The start was Millwood's fifth for the Rockies after being signed as a free agent Aug. 10.
Tulowitzki, who came in hitless in his last 11 at_bats, drove in one run with a groundout and added an RBI single.
Colorado, coming off a three-game sweep at Arizona, has won 11 of 14 in San Diego, including five of seven this season.
The Padres lost their season-high eighth consecutive game, being outscored 35-11 during the losing streak.
Millwood raised his career record against San Diego to 8-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 16 starts.
In three starts against the Rockies this season, Harang is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA.
Colorado staked Millwood to a 2-0 lead in the fourth with a lot of help from San Diego.
Dexter Fowler led off with a line drive to center field. Will Venable ran in on the ball, but it sailed over his head to the wall and Fowler ended up with a triple.
Herrera then lifted a fly ball to medium right-center field that fell between Venable and right fielder Jeremy Hermida. Fowler got a late break from third, so Venable threw home as Fowler scored standing up. The throw allowed Herrera to go to second base.
After a passed ball, Tulowitzki brought Herrera home on a ground ball out.
Herrera scored again in the sixth when he singled with one out, went to second on Harang's wild pitch and scored on Tulowitzki's two-out single to center.
Tulowitzki, who didn't start Colorado's last game on Wednesday at Arizona because of a sore left wrist, has a team-high 15 RBIs against San Diego this season.
Notes: Colorado RHP Jhoulys Chacin, originally scheduled to start Saturday against San Diego, will not start again until Sept. 9 against Cincinnati. The Rockies are being cautious because of concerns about Chacin's health and workload. Chacin, 23, recently had a fever and a tonsil inflammation. He has also pitched a career-high 170 innings. ... Padres CF Cameron Maybin did not start for the sixth straight game with a sore right wrist. Maybin did play center field in the ninth. ... Rockies RHP Jason Hammel, who went on the paternity list Wednesday, is scheduled to start Tuesday against Arizona. ... Colorado RHP Alex White will make his third start Saturday night since being acquired from Cleveland in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. He will be opposed by San Diego LHP Cory Luebke.
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