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Kyle Freeland’s seven shutout innings, Trevor Story’s slam, lift Rockies over Padres

Youth served the Rockies quite well Tuesday night at frosty Coors Field.

Left-hander Kyle Freeland, 24, pitched one of the best games of his budding career, tossing seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball. He struck out eight, walked just two and needed only 90 pitches to get the job done. It was the third time in Freeland’s career that he pitched at least seven shutout innings.

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Shortstop Trevor Story, 25, blasted a grand slam in Colorado’s five-run second inning. Left fielder David Dahl, 24, hit a stand-up triple and came into score in the fifth on Ian Desmond’s single.

The end result was a stress-free, 8-0 victory over San Diego. For a Rockies team that entered the night just 3-7 at home, it was a much-needed breakout performance. Colorado improved to 13-12 with its second shutout of the season.

“I felt like I was filling up the zone really well and me and (catcher Chris) Iannetta were on the same page,” Freeland said. “I knew that the bullpen was taxed the past few days, and it was really nice that I was able to give them solid rest and go deep into the game.”

Pitching with precision, especially early in the game, Freeland won his first game since July 30, a span of 16 outings (12 starts, four relief appearances). He worked both sides of the plate and mixed in all off his pitches. He worked out of a bit of a jam in the fifth when he walked Austin Hedges and gave up a two-out double to Manuel Margot, but escaped by striking out Franchy Cordero for the third time, using a nasty slider.

“He’s a big boy and he can put a charge into a baseball if you let him,” Freeland said of Cordero. “So our game plan was to stay away from him with fastballs and sliders. I fed him quite a few sliders there and he had trouble laying off.”

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