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DENVER -- The San Diego Padres restored their offensive pop with the help of a little pregame pep talk.

Meeting as an offensive unit, the Padres hatched a simple plan of attack: If they're going to mess up at the plate, at least mess up being aggressive.

The new approach worked wonders as the Padres pounded out a season-high 14 hits to snap a four-game skid with a 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Chase Headley tied a team record with three doubles, and Nick Hundley drove in three runs.

Up and down the lineup, the Padres were knocking the ball all over the yard, smacking seven doubles.

All this from the worst-hitting team in the NL - at least for now.

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"We just talked a little bit about relaxing and understanding that you play a 162-game season," Headley said. "While it looks really, really ugly right at the moment, there's a long ways to go.

"But it was nice to have some breathing room."

Cory Luebke (1-1) provided that, throwing seven efficient innings as he breezed through the Rockies lineup on a brisk night. He allowed just six hits and one run.

"Offense did a good job setting the tone early," Luebke said. "They just went out and took a little pressure off."

Jeremy Guthrie (1-1) was feeling under the weather, but gave it a go despite a sore throat. With the bullpen taxed from so much recent work, Guthrie really had no choice but to hang in there as long as possible. The righty allowed six runs and nine hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh.

"That was one of the focuses -- getting deep and trying to compete and giving the team a chance to win," Guthrie explained. "I wasn't able to do that, but I was able to get deep. That's important at this point."

Gold Glove shortstop Troy Tulowitzki remains in a fielding funk for the Rockies as he committed his fourth error of the season on a hard grounder by Luebke, which led to a run. He had only six miscues all of last season.

Not that manager Jim Tracy seemed all that concerned about his typically reliable infielder.

"It's just one of those things in the early part of the season that you have to let the ebb and flow take place and let him get into a groove," Tracy said. "Tulo's one of the guys who's searching to find some things and you have to allow that situation to happen. That's all."

Colorado scored in the second when Tyler Colvin singled in Michael Cuddyer. That would be all the damage Luebke allowed.

The lefty was even permitted to work his way out of a jam in his last inning. With two on and two out, Luebke got pinch-hitter Jason Giambi to ground out to end the threat.

"Those types of at bats are stepping stones for young pitchers," manager Bud Black said. "It was a great hitter against a good young pitcher. He won the battle."

Headley had a solid game against the team he grew up idolizing. He's from nearby Fountain, Colo., and always seems to hit well at Coors Field.

Then again, he hits well at all stops on the road - hitting .304 away from home.

"To be honest with you, I've been feeling pretty good for the last three or four days," Headley said. "I finally got a few pitches to hit today and was able to square them up."

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez missed a third straight game with strep throat. He said his strength is steadily returning, maybe even enough to play on Tuesday night.

"I don't feel 100 percent yet, but getting better each day," he said before the game.

With their bullpen stretched thin, the Rockies needed Guthrie to go deep into the game. The relievers have already thrown 36 innings this season.

Guthrie took one for the team, throwing 103 pitches.

Just in case, Tracy held off on starter Jhoulys Chacin's bullpen session Monday, preferring to wait to see if he might be needed in an emergency. The Rockies have a day off later in the week, so they could afford to push Chacin's throwing session back.

Before the game, San Diego activated utility player Mark Kotsay from the 15-day disabled list. The 36-year-old signed with the Padres last November, but missed the opening 10 games of the season due to a strained right calf muscle.

Notes

To make room on the roster for Kotsay, the Padres optioned RHP Brad Brach to Triple-A Tucson on Monday. ... Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa tossed 60 pitches a four-inning simulated game on Monday. He's still mending from elbow surgery that sidelined him last season. ... The Rockies broke ground over the weekend on a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. The academy will cost around $6 million.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Luebke
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF3012121 .186
Will Venable, LF4110001 .267
Chase Headley, 3B5331003 .263
Jeremy Hermida, RF5000006 .267
Nick Hundley, C5033000 .143
Yonder Alonso, 1B5120002 .257
Andy Parrino, 2B5120013 .294
Jason Bartlett, SS3110101 .233
Cory Luebke, P2000000 .000
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH1010000 .184
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .000
Totals38714623  
a-singled for Luebke in the 8th
Batting
2B - Will Venable (2, Guthrie), Chase Headley 3 (5, Guthrie, Guthrie, Chatwood), Nick Hundley (1, Guthrie), Andy Parrino (1, Guthrie), Jason Bartlett (2, Guthrie)
SF - Cameron Maybin (1)
SH - Cory Luebke (1)
RBI - Cameron Maybin 2 (4), Chase Headley (9), Nick Hundley 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Hundley 3 (4)
PK - Cameron Maybin (1, Guthrie)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Headley-Parrino-Alonso
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cory Luebke (W,1-1) 7611140 3.71
Andrew Cashner 1100110 2.70
Micah Owings 1000020 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Luebke 112-74, Andrew Cashner 21-14, Micah Owings 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Luebke 12-4, Andrew Cashner 1-1, Micah Owings 1-0
Batters Faced - Cory Luebke 27, Andrew Cashner 5, Micah Owings 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marco Scutaro, 2B3020101 .212
Dexter Fowler, CF3000112 .207
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4000014 .263
Todd Helton, 1B4000012 .250
Michael Cuddyer, RF4110012 .359
Ramon Hernandez, C4000001 .267
Tyler Colvin, LF4021020 .350
Chris Nelson, 3B4020011 .267
Jeremy Guthrie, P1000000 .000
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1000002 .143
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Chatwood, P0000000 .000
Totals3217127  
a-grounded out for Guthrie in the 7th
Batting
2B - Michael Cuddyer (6, Luebke)
SH - Jeremy Guthrie (1)
RBI - Tyler Colvin (5)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Colvin (2)
SB - Chris Nelson (1, 3rd base off Luebke/Hundley)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Scutaro-Helton
E - Troy Tulowitzki (4, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (L,1-1) 7966210 7.79
Matt Reynolds 1200010 3.60
Tyler Chatwood 1311010 5.63
HBP - Venable (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 103-65, Matt Reynolds 20-12, Tyler Chatwood 27-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 12-8, Matt Reynolds 1-0, Tyler Chatwood 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 33, Matt Reynolds 4, Tyler Chatwood 6
Game Information
Attendance - 21547
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Andy Fletcher