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Loss drops Padres into virtual tie

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It's been a while since the Colorado Rockies
got a game like this from Jason Jennings.

Jennings shut down San Diego on four hits in eight innings and
the Rockies beat the Padres 7-1 Monday night to snap a four-game
losing streak.

"That was the best game I've seen the young man pitch since
he's been here, maybe with the exception of the shutout in the
first game," manager Clint Hurdle said.

That first game was pretty impressive, when Jennings became the
only player in major league history to pitch a shutout and hit a
homer in his big league debut, beating the New York Mets 10-0 on
Aug. 23, 2001. The next year, he was voted the NL Rookie of the
Year.

Jennings, who opened with three perfect innings and threw 92
pitches, agreed with his skipper.

"That was one of the better ones I've had since I've been
here," he said. "My pitch count was huge. To be under 100 for
eight innings was huge for me."

Jeromy Burnitz hit a go-ahead, two-run double with two outs in
the fifth and Mark Sweeney, a former Padres player, went 3-for-5
with an RBI and a run scored.

Jennings (4-5) beat Adam Eaton and the Padres for the second
time in as many starts. He won 13-6 Wednesday in Denver. He struck
out four and walked one Monday.

Jennings had struggled this season, coming in with an 8.05 ERA.
He trimmed it to 7.15.

"You need results to ultimately prove to yourself and to the
team and the coaches that you've still got it," Jennings said.
"I've had some good games, but that's the kind of game you really
want.

"I just pitched to the ballpark," Jennings said after the
Rockies' first game in Petco Park. "This is a huge ballpark, and a
good park to pitch in. I really stayed on the outer half all
night."

Brian Giles had the only big hit for San Diego, an RBI triple in
the fourth.

"When he gets his stuff going, he's a tough guy to face,"
Giles said. "That was more a case of him doing a good job rather
than us beating ourselves."

Said manager Bruce Bochy: "We just got shut down. He pitched
well against us again. One run is not going to win many games."

The loss dropped San Diego into a virtual first-place tie with
Los Angeles for the NL West lead. The Padres, who lost an NL-high
98 games last season, had sole possession of the division lead for
four days.

Eaton (1-6) lost his sixth straight decision and is winless in
his last nine starts. His only win was April 13, when he beat Los
Angeles 8-3.

Eaton pitched five strong innings before allowing Sweeney's
leadoff single to right and Royce Clayton's ground-rule double to
center. The left-handed Burnitz fouled off several pitches before
driving a 2-2 pitch to right field to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.

The Rockies scored twice in the seventh to chase Eaton. Charles
Johnson doubled in a run and scored on Sweeney's single. Johnson
doubled again in the three-run ninth, advanced on a sacrifice and
scored on a throwing error by pitcher Brandon Puffer.

Eaton allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He
struck out a season-high seven and walked two.

"I'm pleased with the way I pitched but awfully frustrated and
disappointed that we lost," Eaton said. "It's getting a bit
old."

Game notes
The Padres were coming off a 7-5 road trip that took them
to four cities in three time zones. ... Padres LHP David Wells is
scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, his first time on
a mound since severing a tendon in his right wrist and cutting his
left palm in an accident at his home on May 16 that put him on the
disabled list. Wells was scheduled to start Friday night against
Milwaukee, but won't be ready because now he needs oral surgery,
Bochy said. Wells is scheduled for another bullpen session on
Saturday and he'll likely make his next start next week when the
Padres play at Boston.