DENVER -- One minor adjustment was all it took Aaron Cook to end a two-game losing streak.
"I threw 75 percent four-seamers today," said Cook, who is primarily a sinkerball pitcher. "I was able to throw it where I wanted to, and that made my sinker look a little bit sharper when I did throw it."
"Mainly, I did it to keep the lefties off balance because I had been getting beat a lot down away from lefties," Cook said. "(Teammate) Mike DeJean told me that they had felt too comfortable with me and weren't being stood up at all so I needed to come in hard and in on them."
Cook (9-12) improved to 7-3 lifetime against San Diego. He gave up two runs and five hits in eight innings, striking out five and walking none.
"That was a vintage outing from him," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He went out determined to get things done and got the job done."
Jake Peavy (7-13) lasted only 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and eight hits. He was 3-2 and had given up three or fewer runs in each of his last six starts.
"Jake had good stuff early, but I think he just fatigued there," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had a sinus infection for a couple of days and it has taken a lot out of him."
The Rockies got a couple of lucky bounces in taking a 1-0 lead in the second. Holliday singled off Peavy's glove and went to second base when third baseman Russell Branyan's throw got past Gonzalez at first base. Two outs later, Sullivan had an RBI single when his grounder hit the bag at first and caromed into right field.
"I'd love to blame it on that (sinus infection), but I just didn't make a lot of good pitches there in the fifth inning," Peavy said. "I thought they were pretty decent pitches on both of Sullivan's hits that drove in runs."
Atkins singled and Holliday homered into the left-field seats to start the fifth. Hawpe doubled and Chris Iannetta chased Peavy with an RBI single that made it 6-0.
"Peavy is usually pretty tough on me," Hawpe said. "This time he left a first-pitch fastball up and I got it."
Cook lost his shutout bid in the seventh inning. Mike Piazza singled and Gonzalez followed by hitting a 3-2 pitch over the wall in center field.
Giles hit his 11th homer in the ninth.
"I don't know why I've done so well against San Diego," Cook said. "Maybe they've got a group of guys that have trouble seeing the ball off of me."
|Aaron Cook tosses eight innings of five-hit ball, yielding two runs, while fanning five Padres. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Dave Roberts, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.303|
|Brian Giles, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.268|
|Todd Walker, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.281|
|a- Josh Barfield, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Mike Piazza, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.279|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.295|
|Mike Cameron, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.270|
|Russell Branyan, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.199|
|Brian Sweeney, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Rob Bowen, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Jon Adkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alan Embree, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Alexander, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Jake Peavy, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.196|
|Mark Bellhorn, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.192|
|a-flied out for Walker in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Sweeney in the 7th|
|HR - Brian Giles (11, Fuentes), Adrian Gonzalez (21, Cook)|
|RBI - Brian Giles (65), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (64)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Alexander-Walker-Gonzalez|
|E - Russell Branyan (7, )|
|San Diego Padres|
|Jake Peavy (L,7-13)||4.1||8||6||5||3||5||1||4.51|
|IBB - Carroll by Jake Peavy|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 106-68, Brian Sweeney 17-11, Jon Adkins 20-12, Alan Embree 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 5-3, Brian Sweeney 3-0, Jon Adkins 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 24, Brian Sweeney 5, Jon Adkins 4, Alan Embree 3|
|Kaz Matsui, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.224|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.300|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||2||2||0||0||1||0||.308|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||3||2||2||1||0||0||.330|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||2||1||1||0||2||0||1||.299|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||5||.250|
|Cory Sullivan, CF||4||0||3||3||0||1||0||.280|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.289|
|Aaron Cook, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.061|
|a- Luis Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Cook in the 8th|
|2B - Brad Hawpe (24, Peavy), Cory Sullivan (24, Peavy)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (24, Peavy)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (76), Chris Iannetta (1), Cory Sullivan 3 (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Cory Sullivan (7)|
|SB - Cory Sullivan (9, 2nd base off Peavy/Piazza)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Atkins-Carroll-Helton|
|Aaron Cook (W,9-12)||8||5||2||2||0||5||1||3.97|
|WP - Brian Fuentes (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 90-62, Brian Fuentes 24-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 11-7|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 28, Brian Fuentes 5|
|Attendance - 26308|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Travis Reininger|