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COLORADO 6, SAN DIEGO 5

9/20/2003

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. "It was just too late because we didn't do anything
against Elarton."<
^Notes@: 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
on Sept. 11 in St. Louis in left field.