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COL@TEX: De La Rosa holds Rangers to two runs

Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will be making his first start since May 7 when the Rockies open a homestand on Friday against the Padres.

De La Rosa was pushed back in the rotation recently because of back spasms, but manager Walt Weiss said he has no concerns about De La Rosa's health entering Friday's start.

"He has been moving well and should be ready to go," Weiss said.

De La Rosa (4-3) turned in his fifth straight solid start -- two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings -- in the Rockies' 9-2 victory over the Rangers. After starting the season 0-2, De La Rosa said he's found his stride.

"I never lost my confidence, especially with the way my arm feels," said De La Rosa, who believes his arm is at full strength nearly three years after Tommy John surgery. "I knew everything was coming. The first four outings, I think, were real tough for me. But I'm here now."

It will be a battle of left-handers as De La Rosa will be opposed by San Diego's Eric Stults.

Stults is coming off his second win of the season on Saturday, when the Padres beat the Marlins. The left-hander pitched six innings and gave up six hits and two earned runs while striking out four. He didn't walk a batter for the fourth time this season. After spotting the Marlins a 2-0 lead, Stults was able to settle in.

"They are aggressive. That first inning, they were swinging early ...," Stults said. "But after that, I was able to make pitches down in the zone a lot more."

Stults didn't allow a run in his next five innings and allowed four hits the rest of the way.

Rockies: CarGo primed to heat up
Although Carlos Gonzalez hasn't hit his stride offensively this season, Weiss has seen signs that the outfielder is ready to heat up with the bat.

Matched against Royals ace James Shields on Tuesday, Gonzalez put together a 14-pitch at-bat and wound up getting a single. He followed with a 2-for-4 effort on Wednesday in the series finale against Kansas City.

The 14-pitch at-bat was significant in Weiss' eyes.

"There are a lot of good things to take out of that one at-bat," Weiss said. "I felt like Carlos fouled off a lot of tough pitches. He took a lot of good swings. So, that's a good sign. He has shown signs of getting on a roll. That [14-pitch] at-bat was one of them."

Padres: Quentin hitless in return
Carlos Quentin returned to the lineup in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Reds. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.

The outfielder started the season on the disabled list after sustaining a bone bruise on his left knee in March while sliding to make a catch during Spring Training. Prior to that, Quentin had undergone three surgeries on his right knee since joining San Diego in 2012.

"It feels good. I finally get to start my season," Quentin said before Tuesday's game. "It's all positive. My body feels all right. I'm all ready to go."

Worth noting
• Nolan Arenado (.315) is the only National League third baseman hitting above .300.

• The Rockies are 11-8 vs. the NL West as they prepare to open a three-game home series against the Padres.

• The Padres had a long Thursday in Cincinnati -- splitting a day-night doubleheader before hopping a flight to Colorado.

"As far as a split doubleheader like this on a travel day, I'm not sure that I've had that before," Will Venable said. "I've had a doubleheader, but not one like this where we have time in between [the first game was scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET and the second for 6:10 p.m.]. So, I don't know how it's all gonna play out, but it's gonna be a late night." Comments