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Klesko, Padres handle Hampton

5/28/2002

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ryan Klesko homered and drove in two runs for
the San Diego Padres, who took advantage of another meltdown by
Mike Hampton to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 Monday night.

San Diego snapped the Rockies' six-game winning streak. The
Padres, home from their third 1-5 road trip of the season, won for
just the third time in 11 games. They were swept at Colorado last
week, falling into last place in the NL West.

Hampton, baseball's highest-paid pitcher with a $121 million,
eight-year contract, had a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, then
allowed three runs each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth on
seven hits and four walks.

Hampton (2-6) was lifted after walking Padres starter Brian
Lawrence on four pitches with the bases loaded and two outs in the
fifth to make it 6-3.

The left-hander gave up six runs on nine runs in 4 2-3 innings,
walking five for the fourth time in his last four starts. It was
Hampton's third loss in five starts, and he's blown leads of at
least two runs in all three.

Lawrence (5-3) also drove in a run in the third on a
bases-loaded groundout. He won for the first time in four starts,
allowing five runs on five hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander
struck out five and walked two.

Trevor Hoffman worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 14
chances.

Phil Nevin returned after spending 15 days on the disabled list
with a strained left elbow, doubling twice and scoring twice. He
started at third base as struggling rookie Sean Burroughs was
benched.

The Padres moved Nevin from third to first and Klesko from first
to right field in spring training to make room for the highly
touted Burroughs.

With Burroughs' batting average dropping to .223, there's a
chance the Padres will send him back to Triple-A Portland when
right-hander Bobby Jones is activated Thursday.

Ron Gant had three hits, and the Padres matched their season
high with 13.

Todd Hollandsworth hit a three-run homer in the fourth, his
sixth. San Diego tied it in the bottom half as Hampton started to
fall apart.

Klesko hit a solo homer with one out, his 10th, and was the
first of five straight batters to reach. Wiki Gonzalez hit a
bases-loaded, RBI single and Lawrence drove in the tying run with
his grounder to first. Todd Helton stepped on the bag for the out,
but his momentum carried him a few steps into foul territory and
his throw home was too late to get Bubba Trammell.

Hampton allowed four straight hits to start the fifth, including
RBI singles by Klesko and Gant. He walked Gonzalez with two outs to
load the bases and bring up Lawrence.

The Rockies closed to 7-5 in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Greg
Norton chased Lawrence with an RBI single, and Juan Pierre followed
with an RBI single. Alan Embree struck out Todd Helton with the
bases loaded to end the threat.

San Diego's Mark Kotsay drove in a run in the seventh on a
grounder.

Game notes
The Padres made room for Nevin by designating reliever Tom
Davey for assignment. Davey was 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA in three games
since being activated from the DL on May 15. He had arthroscopic
surgery on his right shoulder Sept. 28. ... In the seventh, San
Diego reliever Steve Reed allowed his first inherited runner to
score after stranding his first 11. Reed was hit on the right knee
by Larry Walker's two-out comebacker, then left during a
double-switch as manager Bruce Bochy brought on Embree for a
lefty-lefty matchup against Helton.