Rockies 6, Padres 5

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DENVER (AP)—Scott Elarton couldn’t win pitching away from hitters, so he chose to go after them.

Elarton won for the first time in three months, and Juan Uribe and Pablo Osuna drove in two runs each to lead the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 6-5 Friday night.

“After getting hit hard way too many times in a row, I was pitching away from contact,” Elarton said. “Tonight, I threw only one pitch that was away, and that was the home run.”

Elarton (4-4) allowed one run and three hits over six innings in his first victory in six starts since June 8. Elarton was sent to the minor leagues on June 27 because of ineffectiveness and was recalled Sept. 5.

“That just showed me that pitching away from contact doesn’t really ever work,” he said. “It’s been there, it’s just that I had to convince myself that I could still do it.”

After San Diego closed with three runs in the ninth, Brian Fuentes got two outs for his third save in five chances.

“I thought Elarton pitched well,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “He had good command of his changeup and breaking ball.”

Ben Howard (1-3) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings as the Padres dropped to 1-7 on their 10-game road trip. Howard walked four, giving him 15 walks in 27 2-3 innings this year.

“It looked like Howard was getting out of an inning, and a two-out hit really hurt him,” Bochy said. “Those were the turning points.”

Uribe hit a two-run homer in the second, and Osuna had a two-run single in the fourth.

Mark Kotsay homered leading off the fifth, but pinch-hitter Rene Reyes had a sacrifice fly in the sixth and Todd Helton singled in a run in the seventh to make it 6-1.

Rockies reliever Javier Lopez balked home Todd Sears in the eighth.

Phil Nevin hit a solo homer in the ninth and rookie Khalil Greene hit a two-run shot, both off Justin Speier.

“We made it close when I got a fastball over the plate,” Greene said. “Itwas just too late because we didn’t do anything against Elarton.”


: Padres 3B Sean Burroughs was back in the lineup after missing two games with the flu and went 0-for-3. … Helton matched the franchise record with his 103rd walk. He has a 13-game hitting streak. … The game drew 31,976 on Colorado’s third fireworks night of the season. … Kit Pellow went 4-for-4 and caught his first major league game. Pellow made his first major league debut onSept. 11 in St. Louis in left field.

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