Bennett, Nevin combine for eight RBI


DENVER (AP) -- Gary Bennett found no extra satisfaction in having
a big day against his former team.

Bennett drove in a career-high five runs, and Phil Nevin homered
and had three RBI to lead the San Diego Padres to an 11-3 victory
over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

"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

"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.

Game notes
The Padres turned three double plays. ... Padres 3B Sean
Burroughs was held out, still weakened by the flu. ... Colorado 1B
Todd Helton drew his club-record 104th walk.