The Colorado Rockies (12-15) ended at tough nine-game homestand yesterday by losing to the Atlanta Braves (18-11) 7-2, completing the series sweep by the visitors. Pitching continues to be a problem for the Rockies who went 3-6 over the last nine at home. The Rockies face off against the San Diego Padres tonight at Petco Park at 8:05 MT (TV: Root Sports).

"It was a rough series," manager Jim Tracy said. "[Saturday] night and Friday night left a little bit of a mark for me today. But we have to get over that. It's behind us. We have to fix what it is that isn't right, and we know what that is. The people that are involved need to recognize that and the next time through step up and make a little bit different statement for themselves. But it left a mark. I can't shy away from that."

The problem Tracy has identified more than he'd like to so early in the season is the lack of depth and quality from the starting pitching. For the second of three series on the homestand, the relievers pitched more innings than the starters, putting up 14 2/3 innings against the rotation's 14 1/3.

"I tried to go deep into the game, because the bullpen has had a lot of work," Sunday's starter Juan Nicasio said. "The starters are only throwing five innings, or four, and the bullpen needed help because they have been throwing too much."

The Rockies fell to 59-101 against the Braves and slipped three games under .500 for the first time this season after being swept for the first time in 2012.

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[ColoradoRockies.com]