Rockies Oust Padres 7-3
Sep. 07, 2002
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DENVER (AP) _ Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer, rookie Aaron Cook pitched seven strong innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 Friday night.
A crowd of 26,243 at Coors Field was a franchise low.
Uribe's homer capped a four-run fourth inning, giving the Rockies a 5-0 lead.
Cook (1-1), one of the Rockies' top prospects who was making his third major league start, allowed five hits and one run despite moderate control problems. He walked two and struck out six.
Adam Eaton (0-1) lasted four-plus innings, yielding five hits and seven runs. He was making his second start since having ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 21, 2001.
The Rockies got a run in the first, but Eaton avoided a big inning. Juan Pierre led off with a triple and Jay Payton walked. Pierre scored when Eaton uncorked a wild pitch on ball four to Larry Walker.
Eaton appeared on the verge of working out of another jam in the fourth before Uribe homered.
Walker led off with a walk, Todd Helton singled and Greg Norton hit a sacrifice fly. Sandy Alomar popped out, but Brent Butler was hit by a pitch and Uribe hit his sixth homer.
The Rockies made it 7-0 with two more runs in the fifth. Pierre walked and scored on Payton's triple, chasing Eaton.
Payton scored on Walker's bloop single off Kevin Walker. With two outs, Alomar doubled down the left-field line, but Walker was thrown out at the plate on a relay from Ron Gant to shortstop Deivi Cruz to catcher Wiki Gonzalez.
San Diego bunched three singles to get a run in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs singled with one out and went to third on Ramon Vazquez's single. With two outs, Ryan Klesko singled between first and second.
Bubba Trammell hit a two-run homer, his 16th, in the ninth.
Notes: Cook lost to the Padres 3-0 last Saturday. Eaton faced the Rockies last Sunday but didn't figure in the decision. ... SS Uribe threw out Cruz in the third, going behind second base to stab the grounder, skidding to a stop, spinning and throwing out the runner. ... Four of Eaton's 10 career losses have come against Colorado. ... Friday was Colorado general manager Dan O'Dowd's 43rd birthday.