Arenado powers Rockies to slump-ending win over Padres

“That’s Nolan,” Story said. “He does big things in big spots.”

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) singles during the eighth inning in front of San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges (right) at Petco Park. Sep 22, 2017; San Diego, CA. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) singles during the eighth inning in front of San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges (right) at Petco Park. Sep 22, 2017; San Diego, CA. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

SAN DIEGO — Nolan Arenado trotted out his home run and looked up as he crossed home plate.

With one swing from their cleanup man, the Colorado Rockies buried a long scoreless streak Friday night, then went on to a 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Ian Desmond and Trevor Story also homered for Colorado, which had dropped consecutive shutouts and was sputtering again before Arenado’s leadoff homer, his 35th, ended a 23-inning drought in the fifth.

“That’s Nolan,” Story said. “He does big things in big spots.”


Colorado pension board calls for higher contributions, cuts

The Public Employees’ Retirement Association is 58.1 percent funded, down from 62.1 percent in December of 2015.

The board that oversees Colorado state pensions on Friday recommended higher contributions from employees and taxpayers along with cuts to retirees’ benefits, arguing that the changes are necessary to shore up the underfunded pension system.

The Denver Post first reported the board’s recommendations, which came at the end of a three-day retreat at a resort in Colorado Springs. Lawmakers must approve the changes as well.



EPA installs barrier, valve in Colorado’s Gold King Mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and valve inside an inactive Colorado mine to prevent another surge of toxic wastewater.

Metal-laced water floods from the Gold King Mine. (EPA/YouTube)
Metal-laced water floods from the Gold King Mine. (EPA/YouTube)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and valve inside an inactive Colorado mine to prevent another surge of toxic wastewater like a 2015 blowout that contaminated rivers in three states.