Padres 11, Rockies 3
DENVER (AP)—Gary Bennett found no extra satisfaction in having a big day against his former team.
“That’s the first time I ever did that and that was kind of cool,” said Bennett, who was released by Colorado after the 2002 season. “You want to do well every game no matter who your opponent is.”
Bennett finished 3-for-5. Nevin, who missed the first 102 games of the year with a dislocated shoulder, was 2-for-4 with his 12th home run for the Padres, who won for the second time in nine games.
“Nevin means a lot to this ballclub,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’re a different team with him in the lineup.”
Brian Lawrence (9-15) pitched 7 1-3 innings and had two hits in San Diego’s six-run seventh inning. He earned his fourth win in his last six starts.
Jay Payton and Preston Wilson homered for Colorado, which has lost five of its last seven games. Cory Vance (1-2) allowed four runs in five innings in his third major league start. He pitched in place of right-hander Jason Jennings, who was hospitalized Friday with flulike symptoms and was unable to make his scheduled start.
“We played four months of great baseball,” Payton said of the Rockies, who are 20-38 since the All-Star break. “And two months where we didn’t.”
The Padres took a 2-0 lead when Khalil Greene led off the second inning with a triple over Wilson’s head in center field and Bennett followed with a double to center. Bennett scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Vazquez.
Nevin hit a 2-2 fastball into the San Diego bullpen in center, a two-run shot that extended the Padres’ lead to 4-0 with two outs in the fifth inning. Brian Giles kept the inning alive by beating out the relay on a double-play ball.
Colorado drew to 4-2 on Payton’s two-run homer in the fifth. Larry Walker opened the inning with his second hit of the game, and Payton followed with his 27th homer of the year.
Lawrence singled twice as San Diego batted around to score six runs in the seventh for a 10-2 lead. Lawrence singled to open the inning, and the first six batters reach base against Aaron Cook. He allowed RBI singles to Mark Loretta and Nevin. Bennett drove in three runs with a double to left.
“That was a big, two-out, three-run double,” Bochy said. “It was a tough day for pitchers because the ball was flying today.”
Cook was tagged for six runs and didn’t retire a batter in the seventh.
“One stumbling block of Aaron Cook has been his inconsistency in backing up a good inning with another good inning,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “He had the bottom of their order and couldn’t get anyone out.”
Lawrence allowed three runs and seven hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Wilson hit a solo home run in the seventh for the Rockies.