Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 7/8)

Game 1: Thursday, July 8
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Game 2: Friday, July 9
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Game 3: Saturday, July 10
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Game 4: Sunday, July 11
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Rockies 5

(34-50, 14-29 away)

Padres 1

(46-39, 25-19 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 8, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    W: J. Jennings (8-7)

    L: A. Eaton (4-8)

    Jennings allows only one run in win

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jason Jennings feels right at home in Petco Park.

    Jennings dominated the San Diego Padres for the second time this season at their new downtown ballpark, combining with two relievers on a five-hitter in the Colorado Rockies' 5-1 victory Thursday night.

    Jennings (8-7) allowed one run on five hits in 7 2-3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander gave up only one hit and did not allow a baserunner to reach second base through six innings before Brian Giles hit a leadoff homer in the seventh.

    In his other outing at Petco Park, a 7-1 win on May 31, Jennings allowed one run and four hits in eight innings.

    "I definitely like pitching here," Jennings said. "It's a good pitcher's park. If I get behind, I don't nibble. I don't just throw it down the middle of the plate, but I can be aggressive in the strike zone."

    Preston Wilson hit a two-run double and Larry Walker had a sacrifice fly as the Rockies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Adam Eaton.

    Todd Helton added a 424-foot solo homer in the third, his 17th for Colorado, which had its five-game winning streak stopped Wednesday night at San Francisco.

    "(Eaton) had just made a couple of good pitches to me and he got a fastball up that I was able to get my bat around on," Helton said. "I was just looking to cover the plate there."

    Aaron Miles added an RBI single.

    "We're getting a lot of timely hits," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "They are throwing everything into the pot."

    After pitching out of a jam in the seventh following Giles' home run, Jennings needed help in the eighth.

    Singles by Sean Burroughs and Giles prompted Hurdle to bring in Javier Lopez with two outs. Lopez struck out pinch-hitter Brian Buchanan to end the inning.

    Steve Reed pitched a perfect ninth to finish the five-hitter.

    Jennings issued a two-out walk to Giles in the first, then set down 11 straight batters before Jay Payton got San Diego's first hit, a one-out single in the fifth.

    Giles led off the seventh with 403-foot homer into the right-field stands. With one out, Terrence Long doubled and Jennings walked Payton. But after the runners moved up a base on a groundout, Jennings retired Khalil Greene on a popup.

    "I threw a lot of sinkers and a lot of changeups," Jennings said. "I mixed in some two-seam fastballs and it was all working pretty good here again."

    San Diego dropped its second straight after winning eight in a row at home.

    For the second straight game, the Padres allowed three runs in the first inning.

    "It was Groundhog Day from (Wednesday night)," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was pretty simple. They pitched well, they swung the bats well, and Jennings shut us down again. We've had a tough time against him."

    Eaton (4-8) allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out three.

    "The ball was up in the zone and it got hit," Eaton said. "It was a battle to get to the sixth."

    In his previous six starts, Eaton had an ERA of 1.83 in 39 1-3 innings, including his last start on Saturday against Kansas City when he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Eaton settled for a no-decision in San Diego's 5-4 win.

    Eaton is 0-3 with an 8.35 ERA in three starts against Colorado this season.

    Game notes


    Jennings and Eaton have faced each other three times this season. ... Eaton is 4-8 with a 6.30 ERA in 15 career starts against the Rockies. ... Before Thursday night, Colorado had been outscored 67-39 in the first inning.

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