DENVER (AP) -- Scott Elarton couldn't win pitching away from
hitters, so he chose to go after them.
"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
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
Uribe hit a two-run homer in the second, and Osuna had a two-run
single in the fourth.
"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
^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.