Colorado (33-50) at San Diego (46-38)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Thu Jul 8, 2004
  • TV: FSRM
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After flirting with the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history, Adam Eaton returns to the mound in the opener of a four-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Eaton was six outs away from throwing San Diego’s first no-hitter Saturday, but Kansas City rallied for four runs to tie the game. The Padres went on to win 5-4, but the Eaton didn’t receive a decision. The right-hander allowed two runs and two hits while striking out a season-high 10 over seven-plus innings.

“I’m a little disappointed, but at the same time, it’s about team wins at this point in the game,” said Eaton, the 10th pitcher in San Diego’s 36-year history to take a no-hit bid into the eighth.

The 26-year-old Eaton is 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA over his last six starts.

The Padres took two of three from visiting Houston, dropping Wednesday’s series finale 5-1. They had won eight straight at home, and 12 of 15 overall.

San Diego fell into a first-place tie in the NL West with Los Angeles, which beat Arizona Wednesday.

Khalil Greene drove in the lone San Diego run, giving him seven RBIs over his last nine games. The rookie shortstop is batting .417 (10-for-24) over that span.

The Rockies failed to complete a sweep of San Francisco, and had their season-high five-game win streak snapped in an 8-4 loss Wednesday.

Colorado will start Jason Jennings, who needs one more win to become the club’s all-time leader in victories.

Jennings, the 2002 NL Rookie of the Year, posted an 11-6 home victory over Detroit on Saturday, tying Kevin Ritz for second on Colorado’s all-time list with his 39th career win. The right-hander was shaky in his five innings, however, allowing six runs, nine hits and walking five.

“It wasn’t pretty, but I battled through and had success tonight,” said Jennings, who has won five of his last seven decisions.

“I’ll take it.”

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J. Jennings Oak vs. A. Eaton Col
11-12 Record 11-14
5.51 ERA 4.61
133 K 153
101 BB 52
1.70 WHIP 1.28