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Colorado at San Diego

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Pads thrash Rockies, close in on division-leading D-Backs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- When the San Diego Padres weren't hitting the ball over the fences, they simply waited for ball four.

Rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff homered and hit a two-run single during the six-run second inning, carrying Greg Maddux and the Padres to an 8-0 win over erratic Jeff Francis and the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Morgan Ensberg also homered as the two-time defending NL West champion Padres pulled within two games of Arizona, which lost 14-5 at Florida. Maddux and three relievers combined for San Diego's 17th shutout, tops in the majors.

Francis matched his career high with six walks, the Rockies walked nine overall. Five of the Padres who walked against Francis scored.

Maddux was impressed with his teammates' patience at the plate.

"We had a lot of good walks, to be honest with you," Maddux said. "We hit the ball out of the park a little bit, but I thought some of the best at-bats were the guys who walked. Got on base for the next guy. I thought that was pretty impressive, too."

Maddux allowed eight hits and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings. He didn't walk a batter for the third straight start. Overall, the 41-year-old hasn't walked a batter in 22 innings.

"There's always a place for them, but there's not many," Maddux said. "You always want to make them earn their way on."

Maddux (8-9) won for the first time since June 27 at San Francisco, ending a string of five losing decisions in eight starts. It was his 341st career victory.

Francis (13-6) walked five in the second inning, including Ensberg with the bases loaded, and saw his string of eight straight winning decisions end. That was a club record for a starter, and the lefty fell one win shy of matching the overall franchise record held by Julian Tavarez. Francis fell to 4-9 lifetime against San Diego, including 2-5 at Petco Park.

"I started walking a couple of guys," Francis said. "Instead of taking a step back, I think I tried to force it and it just made things worse."

Kouzmanoff matched his career high with three hits. He opened the second with a home run to straightaway center field, his 13th, to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. He added a two-run, checked-swing single to right with two outs to make it 7-0.

Francis walked Josh Bard and Geoff Blum after Kouzmanoff's homer. Marcus Giles struck out and Maddux sacrificed. Francis lost his control again, issuing full-count walks to Brian Giles to load the bases and Ensberg to bring in a run. Mike Cameron hit a two-run single to center and Khalil Greene walked to load the bases ahead of Kouzmanoff's single. Bard popped up to shortstop to end the inning.

"We're just going to wash it off," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I'm going to wash it off. He's going to wash it off and show up tomorrow."

Francis hadn't lost since June 8 at Baltimore. He lasted only 3 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and six hits, with four strikeouts.

Colorado, which had won five of seven coming in, remained five games back in third. They were shut out for the first time since July 22, at Washington.

Kouzmanoff, who slumped badly opening the season, also beat out a chopper for an infield single in the fifth.

"He deserved a couple of those hits he got today, and they still haven't evened out," manager Bud Black said.

Said Kouzmanoff: "I guess it makes up for all the line outs and the good plays guys made that should be hits."

Ensberg homered to left with one out in the first. It was his third with the Padres and 11th overall. Bard drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth off Taylor Buchholz to bring in Cameron, who walked against Francis with one out.

With Adrian Gonzalez getting a rare night off, Ensberg made his first start at first base after playing third base virtually his entire career, and it showed. He overran Matt Holliday's foul pop in the third inning, backed up and fell down without making the catch. He was charged with an error.

"I actually just botched that fly ball like no other," Ensberg said. "That's something I'll have to definitely see if I can work on somehow, because that was terrible."

Notes

  • Rockies CF Willy Taveras left the game with a quad injury and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, Hurdle said.
  • Colorado's Todd Helton had three hits.
  • Rockies LHP Brian Fuentes was activated from the 15-day disabled list, but he won't return as closer. He faced four batters in the eighth, striking out two, walking one and allowing a single.
  • Ensberg played a few innings at 1B in the 2005 All-Star game. With the exception of a few innings at SS, he's played 3B his whole career.
  • Gonzalez is due back in the starting lineup Wednesday night.
 
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Jeff Francis endures a bitter loss as he gives up eight runs, six hits and six walks in just 3 1/3 innings.  (AP)
Jeff Francis endures a bitter loss as he gives up eight runs, six hits and six walks in just 3 1/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

G. Maddux
IP 5.2
H 8
ER 0
BB 0
K 4
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF2010001 .311
    Cory Sullivan, CF2000010 .321
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Ian Stewart, 3B0000000 .333
Kaz Matsui, 2B4000012 .299
Matt Holliday, LF4010011 .338
Todd Helton, 1B4030002 .302
Garrett Atkins, 3B4010013 .279
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF4010011 .291
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010012 .286
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000001 .277
Jeff Francis, P1010000 .163
    Taylor Buchholz, P1000000 .136
   a- Clint Barmes, PH-CF1000000 .154
Totals3509006  
a-flied out for Buchholz in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (41, Maddux)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (L,13-6) 3.1688642 4.43
Taylor Buchholz 2.2100130 4.54
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 3.46
Brian Fuentes 0.2100120 3.99
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1000110 2.51
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 84-44, Taylor Buchholz 32-19, LaTroy Hawkins 7-4, Brian Fuentes 21-13, Jeremy Affeldt 10-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 2-4, Taylor Buchholz 3-1, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 22, Taylor Buchholz 9, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Brian Fuentes 4, Jeremy Affeldt 2
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4110101 .297
Morgan Ensberg, 1B4212132 .237
Mike Cameron, CF3212220 .251
Khalil Greene, SS4010113 .240
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4133000 .238
Josh Bard, C2101202 .267
Geoff Blum, LF3100101 .257
Marcus Giles, 2B4010032 .223
Greg Maddux, P2000011 .116
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   a- Terrmel Sledge, PH0000100 .217
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .500
Totals30888910  
a-walked for Thatcher in the 8th
Batting
HR - Morgan Ensberg (11, Francis), Kevin Kouzmanoff (13, Francis)
SH - Greg Maddux (9)
RBI - Morgan Ensberg 2 (37), Mike Cameron 2 (58), Kevin Kouzmanoff 3 (50), Josh Bard (33)
2-OUT RBI - Morgan Ensberg (18), Mike Cameron 2 (26), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (20)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Greene-Giles-Ensberg
E - Morgan Ensberg (13, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux (W,8-9) 5.2800040 4.00
Cla Meredith 0.1000000 3.18
Joe Thatcher 2100010 0.00
Doug Brocail 1000010 3.88
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 91-67, Cla Meredith 1-1, Joe Thatcher 25-16, Doug Brocail 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 6-6, Cla Meredith 1-0, Joe Thatcher 2-3
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 24, Cla Meredith 1, Joe Thatcher 7, Doug Brocail 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32049
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa