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Uribe's three-run homer powers Rockies to win

9/7/2002

DENVER (AP) -- Defying the odds, rookie Aaron Cook pitched behind
in the count most of the night and still thrived.

Overcoming moderate control problems, Cook threw seven strong
innings, and Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer as the Colorado
Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 on Friday night.

Cook (1-1), one of the Rockies' top prospects who was making his
third major league start, allowed five hits and one run. He walked
two and struck out six.

"Seven innings, one run is a good outing anywhere, especially
in this ballpark,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Relying on a hard, sinking fastball clocked at 95 mph, Cook had
the stuff to overcome hitter's counts.

"There were a couple of swing counts tonight -- 2-0, 3-1 -- and
boom, he gets the out,'' Hurdle said. "I think as time goes on and
he continues to mature, you'll see that ball-strike ratio clean
itself up.''

Cook, who threw 48 strikes and 47 balls, said he was "able to
get a pitch over when I fell behind. We kept the ball on the
ground, and that's pretty much what I am known for. I'm real happy
with the way the guys played behind me.''

Uribe's homer capped a four-run fourth inning, giving the
Rockies a 5-0 lead.

A crowd of 26,243 at Coors Field was a franchise low.

Adam Eaton (0-1) lasted four-plus innings, yielding five hits
and seven runs. He was making his second start since having
ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 21, 2001.

Cook faced the Padres six days ago, and San Diego manager Bruce
Bochy said the pitcher "had better stuff than he did at our place.
He threw a well-pitched game tonight.

"We haven't been doing a lot offensively lately. We just got
too far down, even for his ballpark. We need to get this offense
rolling.''

Bochy said Eaton was better than in his last outing.

"His numbers weren't great, but I thought his stuff was
better,'' Bochy said. "His velocity was better. Each time out,
he's making progress. He hung a breaking ball to Uribe for the
three-run homer. That put us in a deep hole.''

The Rockies got a run in the first, but Eaton avoided a big
inning. Juan Pierre led off with a triple and Jay Payton walked.
Pierre scored when Eaton uncorked a wild pitch on ball four to
Larry Walker.

Eaton appeared on the verge of working out of another jam in the
fourth before Uribe homered.

Walker led off with a walk, Todd Helton singled and Greg Norton
hit a sacrifice fly. Sandy Alomar popped out, but Brent Butler was
hit by a pitch and Uribe hit his sixth homer.

"I was looking for a changeup or a slider,'' Uribe said.
"That's what he throws to me.''

The Rockies made it 7-0 with two more runs in the fifth. Pierre
walked and scored on Payton's triple, chasing Eaton.

Payton scored on Walker's bloop single off Kevin Walker. With
two outs, Alomar doubled down the left-field line, but Walker was
thrown out at the plate on a relay from Ron Gant to shortstop Deivi
Cruz to catcher Wiki Gonzalez.

San Diego bunched three singles to get a run in the sixth.
Pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs singled with one out and went to third
on Ramon Vazquez's single. With two outs, Ryan Klesko singled
between first and second.

Bubba Trammell hit a two-run homer, his 16th, in the ninth.

Game notes
Cook lost to the Padres 3-0 last Saturday. Eaton faced the
Rockies last Sunday but didn't figure in the decision. ... SS Uribe
threw out Cruz in the third, going behind second base to stab the
grounder, skidding to a stop, spinning and throwing out the runner.
... Four of Eaton's 10 career losses have come against Colorado.
... Friday was Colorado general manager Dan O'Dowd's 43rd birthday.
... Friday's crowd was the 18th this season below 30,000. Prior to
this year, the Rockies had never had a crowd of less than 30,000.