Aaron Cook pitched his best game of the season on Thursday. It just was not good enough for a victory.
The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one run and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings Thursday, but the Padres rallied against closer Shawn Chacon for a 4-3 win at Coors Field.
“Cook had a solid start and we got good work out of our bullpen,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “We weren’t able to close it out.”
Cook will now look to deliver another strong performance as the Rockies try to win their second straight.
Jason Jennings limited the Padres to one run and four hits over eight innings Monday, and Jeromy Burnitz hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth inning to lead the Rockies to an 8-2 win in the series opener.
Right fielder Mark Sweeney, a former Padre, went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
The loss dropped San Diego into a first-place tie with Los Angeles in the NL West. The Padres, who lost an NL-high 98 games last season, had sole possession of the division lead for four days.
San Diego returned home after going 7-5 on a road trip that took them to four cities in three time zones.