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Cook pitches into ninth and picks up three hits

4/18/2003

DENVER (AP) -- Aaron Cook came within one out of the 13th
complete-game shutout in Coors Field history and had three hits of
his own as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 12-1
Friday night.

Cook allowed five hits and only one runner past first base until
the ninth inning when the Padres scored on Shane Victorino's
sacrifice fly.

Chris Stynes, Jay Payton and Preston Wilson each homered and
every Rockies starter except Ronnie Belliard had at least one hit.
Colorado had 17 hits after managing just four against Curt
Schilling in an 11-2 loss to Arizona the previous game.

Cook (1-1) took the loss in his last outing against San Diego's
Oliver Perez, allowing four runs in six innings of a 6-2 loss
Sunday. But he got the better of the rematch in his first career
complete game.

Cook allowed just one runner past first base in the first eight
innings. He gave up a pair of two-out singles in the fourth inning,
but got Rondell White to ground into a fielder's choice to end the
threat.

The Padres finally scored in the ninth when Ramon Vazquez walked
with one out and went to third on Mark Loretta's single.
Victorino's flyball scored the run.

The Rockies have pitched just five complete-game shutouts at
Coors Field and there have been only 20 shutouts overall at the
hitter-friendly park, which opened in 1995. John Thomson had the
last Coors shutout for Colorado on Sept. 30, 2001.

Perez (0-2) failed to pitch past the fifth inning for his fourth
straight start and continued to struggle with his control.

He consistently missed high in the strike zone, walking three
after giving seven free passes in 4 1-3 innings against the Rockies
his last outing. Perez has walked 18 batters in 18 innings this
season.

He allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings after giving
up just three runs in 25 innings his previous five outings against
Colorado.

The Rockies blew it open in the fifth, scoring five runs on five
hits to go up 8-0. Payton hit Perez's first pitch out to left for
his third homer and Stynes capped the rally with a two-run shot to
about the same spot.

Stynes added a run-scoring single in the sixth to put Colorado
up 10-0.

Charles Johnson got things started, ending an 0-for-16 string
with a run-scoring double in the second inning. He had three hits.
Cook made it 2-0 two batters later with a flare single to right.

Cook followed with two more singles before flying out to deep
right in the sixth inning.

Wilson had a two-run homer in the seventh inning, his fourth of
the season.

Game notes
Colorado's Todd Helton was 2-for-5 and needs six hits to
become the first player in franchise history to reach 1,000. ...
San Diego is 1-3 to start its season-long 12 game road trip. ...
Perez had not allowed a hit by a left-hander in 10 at-bats this
season before Helton and Walker combined for three Friday. ...
Colorado's Jose Hernandez scored a run in the fifth, the 500th of
his career. ... Stynes' homer was his second of the season.

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