DENVER (AP) -- Todd Zeile thinks the two bottles of Dom Perignon
he found waiting for him after reaching a career milestone will
taste even better since his RBI helped Colorado win.
The 13-year veteran got his 1,000th RBI to help John Thomson win
for the first time in eight starts and the Colorado Rockies beat
the San Diego Padres 3-2 Saturday night. "One bottle is from my teammates and the other is from my
agent, who flew in today,'' Zeile said. "It's a little sweeter
when the team comes out with a win. "The most satisfying part about it is that it means you're
either really good, or you're really old,'' Zeile said. "I think
I'm more in the latter of those two.'' Zeile, who went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double, broke a
2-2 tie with a two-out single in the third inning. "Todd's made a career of being a money hitter, being able to
drive in runs everywhere he's been,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle
said. "With the patient approach that he has, he comes up with the
two-strike, two-out RBI hits like he did twice tonight.'' Larry Walker went 2-for-4 and raised his NL-best batting average
to .351. Thomson (7-7), who hadn't won since beating the Padres on May
23, gave up six hits and two first-inning runs. Thomson was 0-4 in
his previous seven starts as the Rockies won their third straight. "We came out and scored a couple but he settled down,'' San
Diego manager Bruce Bochy said of Thomson. "He threw strikes and
he was ahead of the count for the most part.'' D'Angelo Jimenez homered and Ron Gant had a sacrifice fly in the
first inning as the Padres lost their sixth straight. Jake Peavy
(0-3) pitched six innings and allowed three runs -- one earned -- on
eight hits. "I had a pretty good outing, but it wasn't good enough,'' Peavy
said. "The bottom line is we're here to win and we didn't do it.'' Colorado tied it at 2 in the first with two-out RBI hits by
Zeile and Todd Hollandsworth. Zeile got his milestone RBI in his second at-bat. He hit a
two-out single after Larry Walker doubled with one out in the third
inning. Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.
"The key was the talk I had with (pitching coach) Jim Wright
after the first inning when we agreed I was trying to overthrow,''
Thomson said. "He had me back off a bit, think smooth and stop
jumping toward home plate and I noticed that my ball went down
instead of being middle of the plate and up and I got more movement
on my slider and changeup.''
Several Padres including injured 3B Phil Nevin took 20
minutes of early infield practice one day after the team committed
four errors. ... Peavy doubled in the second, but was caught
attempting to steal. ... Once the top catching prospect of the
organization, Ben Petrick, called up Friday, will be an outfield
reserve, manager Clint Hurdle said before the game. ... RHP Jason
Jennings will start on Thursday in San Francisco in Colorado's
first game after the All-Star Game.