Series: Game 1 of 3

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Friday, September 6
San Diego 3Final
Colorado 7
Game 2: Saturday, September 7
San Diego 3Final
Colorado 5
Game 3: Sunday, September 8
San Diego 9Final
Colorado 4

Padres 3

(60-81, 22-46 away)

Rockies 7

(64-77, 40-29 home)

    9:05 PM ET, September 6, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: A. Cook (1-1)

    L: A. Eaton (0-1)

    Uribe's three-run homer powers Rockies to win

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

    Juan Uribe

    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.

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