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Rockies' Cook needs just 74 pitches to beat Padres

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Aaron Cook worked quickly and efficiently.

Cook needed just 74 pitches in his second complete game of the season, leading the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 10-2 Wednesday.

"I don't think I've ever seen a pitcher throw seven frames of single-digit pitches," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He was filthy."

Matt Holliday tied a career-high with four hits, including a home run and two doubles, and Ryan Spilborghs had a tiebreaking homer and three RBI. Garrett Atkins had three hits and three RBI.

"When your pitcher's working quick and getting outs, it helps the team," Holliday said. "It keeps everybody's energy level high."

Cook (7-6) allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked none to win his second consecutive start after going 1-5 in his previous nine outings. His other complete game this year was a five-hitter at San Francisco on May 26.

Cook threw just 61 pitches in the last eight innings.

"I just went out there and kept throwing strikes and they kept putting the ball in play," said Cook, who had 14 groundball outs. "The guys kept making defensive plays behind me."

Cook also matched a career high with three hits at plate.

"He got better as the game went on and we couldn't get anything going," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Cook improved to 5-0 in seven starts against the Padres at Coors Field.

"I've always been confident, but when you start to win and you start to get good results it helps your confidence," Cook said. "Right now, things are going good. I'm going to keep riding it."

Justin Germano (6-5) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. He has lost five of his last six decisions.

After the game, the Padres traded right-hander Scott Linebrink to the Milwaukee Brewers for three minor league pitchers.

Spilborghs' leadoff homer in the fifth, a drive to left-center estimated at 452 feet, put Colorado ahead 3-2. The Rockies blew open the game with a four-run sixth, when Holliday doubled in a run and Atkins greeted reliever Kevin Cameron with an RBI single. Left fielder Russell Branyan misplayed Atkins' hit, allowing another run to score, and Spilborghs had a sacrifice fly.

Run-scoring singles by Atkins and Spilborghs made it 9-2 in the seventh, and Kaz Matsui added an RBI grounder in the eighth off Cla Meredith.

San Diego took a 2-0 lead in the first on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single and Khalil Greene's run-scoring, double-play grounder.

Holliday homered off the top of the right-field fence in the bottom half and Atkins tied it with an RBI single in the fourth.

"I've battled some rhythm problems and some timing, but I felt a lot better today," Holliday said.

Notes

  • Holliday has 48 RBI against the Padres.
  • Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki, who missed Tuesday night's game with an undisclosed illness, was out of the lineup Wednesday. Jamey Carroll started in his place for the second game in a row.
  • The Padres' bullpen has an 8.87 ERA in the last six games.
 
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Tough day at work: Aaron Cook (28) gives Chris Iannetta a pat on the helmet after a 74-pitch win.  (AP)
Tough day at work: Aaron Cook (28) gives Chris Iannetta a pat on the helmet after a 74-pitch win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 4
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

A. Cook
IP 9.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 2
 

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San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4130000 .292
Michael Barrett, C4110001 .258
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4011001 .266
Khalil Greene, SS4010011 .234
Russell Branyan, LF3000001 .197
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3010001 .229
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
Jose Cruz Jr., CF3000001 .237
Marcus Giles, 2B3000010 .236
Justin Germano, P2000000 .263
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
    Geoff Blum, 3B1000000 .242
Totals3127102  
Batting
2B - Brian Giles (16, Cook), Michael Barrett (15, Cook), Khalil Greene (24, Cook)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (59)
CS - Brian Giles (3, 3rd base by Cook/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Greene, Giles-Gonzalez, Giles-Greene-Gonzalez
E - Russell Branyan (1, Misplayed grounder), Khalil Greene (8, Throwing), Kevin Kouzmanoff (14, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Justin Germano (L,6-5) 5766112 4.20
Kevin Cameron 1.2632130 0.99
Cla Meredith 1.1110110 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 82-50, Kevin Cameron 44-26, Cla Meredith 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 7-6, Cla Meredith 3-0
Batters Faced - Justin Germano 22, Kevin Cameron 12, Cla Meredith 6
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, SS5000013 .231
Kaz Matsui, 2B5111010 .279
Matt Holliday, LF4442100 .333
    Cory Sullivan, PR-CF0000000 .351
Todd Helton, 1B3210101 .303
   a- Jeff Baker, PH-1B1000001 .224
Garrett Atkins, 3B4133000 .260
Brad Hawpe, RF3000104 .297
Ryan Spilborghs, CF-LF3123000 .328
Chris Iannetta, C4000033 .181
Aaron Cook, P4130000 .263
Totals361014935  
a-grounded into a double play for Helton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday 2 (33, Germano, Germano)
HR - Matt Holliday (18, Germano), Ryan Spilborghs (7, Germano)
SF - Ryan Spilborghs (4)
RBI - Kaz Matsui (23), Matt Holliday 2 (79), Garrett Atkins 3 (60), Ryan Spilborghs 3 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (18), Garrett Atkins (18), Ryan Spilborghs (13)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Matsui-Helton, Carroll-Matsui-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (W,7-6) 9722020 4.22
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 62-45
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 14-8
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 31
Game Information
Attendance - 28162
Game Time - 2:12
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Ted Barrett