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Eaton (10-3) won for the first time in three starts since coming off the disabled list for an injured middle finger on his pitching hand. His last win came on June 9, against Cleveland, and he was hurt in his following start, at Detroit.
"I don't know how many months or days it's been," Eaton said. "It's nice to get back on the horse."
Eaton became a 10-game winner for the second straight year, although he's having a much better season than last year, when he was 11-14.
Eaton knows he'll be needed as the Padres to try to stay atop baseball's weakest division.
"It's a challenge I'm willing to take on fully," said Eaton, who trails teammate Jake Peavy by two victories. "If I can catch Jake in wins, obviously that would be a good thing. But at the same time I want Jake to get his wins, too. Right now it's a selfish time of the year for a pitcher. You want to get your wins; you don't want to have any losses."
The right-hander held the Rockies to two runs and five hits in six innings. He might have gone longer, but threw 114 pitches. He struck out five and walked one.
"The arm strength and stamina's there," Eaton said. "I felt good in the sixth inning, made some good pitches and got them 1-2-3. It's definitely nice to go out there in the sixth and put up a zero."
The Padres (69-69) took a six-game lead over San Francisco, which lost 9-8 at Los Angeles, in the division.
The Padres beat the last-place Rockies for only the second time in five games in San Diego since Aug. 26. Colorado's Todd Helton went 0-for-4 after reaching base five times and scoring twice in the Rockies' 6-5 win on Tuesday night.
After Sullivan tripled with two outs in the eighth, Akinori Otsuka struck out Helton.
"I got some good pitches to hit, but I tried to do a little too much," said Helton, whose 26-game hitting streak against the Padres ended.
Colorado's Cory Sullivan had three hits, falling a homer short of the cycle, as the Rockies' four-game winning streak was snapped.
Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 36th save. It was his 33rd straight, and the 429th of his career.
With the score tied at 2, San Diego's Xavier Nady was walked with the bases loaded by Jeff Francis (12-11) to force in the go-ahead run with two outs in the fifth. Loretta forced Eric Young at second, took third on Joe Randa's double, and, after Brian Giles walked, scored on Nady's walk.
"I was confident I could throw that pitch for a strike," said Francis, who walked Nady on a curveball. "He froze on it. If I could drop that ball in there, we're not even talking about that pitch."
San Diego got an insurance run in the seventh when Brian Giles drew his 100th walk -- tops in the majors -- stole second and took third on a throwing error by catcher J.D. Closser, and scored on a wild pitch.
Loretta gave San Diego a 2-0 lead with his leadoff homer to left in the third, his second. Rookie Ben Johnson hit an RBI double in the second.
Francis lost for the fourth in five decisions. He lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, walking five and striking out three.
|Players of the Game|
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|Clint Barmes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.310|
|Cory Sullivan, CF||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.306|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.304|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.295|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.282|
|Luis Gonzalez, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.284|
|Jose Acevedo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Danny Ardoin, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.227|
|a- J.D. Closser, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.231|
|Jeff Francis, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.118|
|Ryan Speier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.283|
|a-struck out for Ardoin in the 7th|
|2B - Cory Sullivan (10, Eaton)|
|3B - Cory Sullivan (4, Linebrink)|
|RBI - Brad Hawpe (46), Luis Gonzalez (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe (23), Luis Gonzalez (13)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1|
|E - J.D. Closser (6, Wild throw)|
|Jeff Francis (L,12-11)||4.2||7||3||3||5||3||1||5.86|
|WP - Ryan Speier (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 98-55, Ryan Speier 31-19, Jose Acevedo 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 3-6, Ryan Speier 3-2, Jose Acevedo 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 24, Ryan Speier 9, Jose Acevedo 5|
|San Diego Padres|
|Eric Young, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.276|
|Scott Linebrink, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Akinori Otsuka, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.317|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||5||2||1||1||0||1||3||.296|
|Joe Randa, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.280|
|Brian Giles, RF||2||1||1||0||2||0||1||.303|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.254|
|Xavier Nady, 1B||2||1||2||1||2||0||1||.264|
|Ben Johnson, CF-LF||3||0||1||1||1||0||4||.263|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.270|
|Adam Eaton, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.216|
|b- Dave Roberts, PH-CF||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||.267|
|a-grounded out for Otsuka in the 8th|
|b-walked for Eaton in the 6th|
|2B - Joe Randa (38, Francis), Xavier Nady (15, Francis), Ben Johnson (6, Francis)|
|HR - Mark Loretta (2, Francis)|
|SH - Adam Eaton (3)|
|RBI - Mark Loretta (31), Xavier Nady (43), Ben Johnson (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady (19)|
|SB - Brian Giles (12, 3rd base off Speier/Closser)|
|CS - Ben Johnson (2, 2nd base by Francis/Ardoin), Dave Roberts (10, 2nd base by Acevedo/Closser)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Loretta-Greene-Nady|
|San Diego Padres|
|Adam Eaton (W,10-3)||6||5||2||2||1||5||0||3.84|
|Scott Linebrink (H,21)||1.2||1||0||0||0||4||0||2.23|
|Akinori Otsuka (H,19)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.73|
|Trevor Hoffman (S,36)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.28|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 114-73, Scott Linebrink 26-17, Akinori Otsuka 6-3, Trevor Hoffman 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 5-7, Trevor Hoffman 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 23, Scott Linebrink 6, Akinori Otsuka 1, Trevor Hoffman 3|
|Attendance - 23893|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|