Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Colorado leads 2-0 (as of 6/1)

Game 1: Monday, May 31
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 1
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 2
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in 10
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Rockies 7

(20-31, 8-18 away)

Padres 1

(28-24, 13-11 home)

10:05 PM ET, June 1, 2004

Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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W: A. Cook (1-0)

L: J. Germano (1-1)

Padres victim of Rockies' first road streak

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Charles Johnson has been trying to improve his hitting on the road.

Five straight doubles over two games ought to help.

Johnson doubled three times Tuesday night and drove in four runs to help Colorado beat the San Diego Padres 7-1 Tuesday night for their first back-to-back road wins of this season.

Johnson doubled in each of his first three at-bats, giving him five straight over two nights, one short of the major league record.

"Especially with my speed, it's very impressive," Johnson said. "I had no idea until someone told me at the end of the game that I had five doubles in a row. I didn't have the slightest clue."

A year ago, Johnson batted just .153 in away games. With his 3-for-4 night, he improved to .282 on the road this season.

"Last year, it seemed I couldn't buy a hit on the road," Johnson said. "Now I'm just trying to put the ball in play and drive in runs when I can."

The Rockies got seven strong innings from Aaron Cook (1-0), who claimed the first win this season by a pitcher in the fourth or fifth spot in the Colorado rotation.

It was Cook's first win since July 26, 2003. He was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 17. He allowed one run and six hits in his longest stint in four starts this season.

"I'm the type of pitcher who is going to give up singles," said Cook, who held the Padres to one extra-base hit and induced 14 groundball outs. "As long as I don't get beat giving up singles, then I'm on my game."

Cook escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out in the first inning, when he got Terrence Long to ground into a double play after first going to 3-0 in the count.

"This year, I know if I make my pitch, I'm able to get out of it," Cook said. "That's the difference from last year. With one out, I knew we'd been able to get the double play if I made my pitch."

Aaron Miles tripled and doubled in his first two at-bats and scored twice to help Colorado take a 7-0 lead in the third against Justin Germano (1-1).

The Padres lost their fifth straight at home, sandwiched around a 7-5 road trip.

"We were playing well (on the road trip), swinging the bats well," Padres' Phil Nevin said. "We expected to come home and keep it rolling. But we just couldn't get it done."

Johnson hit a three-run double with two out in the third to complete a four-run outburst and chase Germano. Todd Helton drove in the first run of the inning with a groundout for his second RBI of game.

"This is something that we need to keep doing," Cook said. "This shows here how good a team we really are. If we keep going like this, then we're going to pull through just fine."

Germano gave up six earned runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings. In his previous outing, he pitched six without allowing an earned run, but got no decision.

Padres shortstop Khalil Greene had fielding and throwing errors on the same play to contribute to an unearned run in the Rockies' two-run second.

The Padres scored in the third when Sean Burroughs doubled and scored on a groundout by Nevin. Burroughs extended his hitting streak to 13 games, longest on the club this season.

"It's hard to win games when you get one run," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're too good of a lineup to struggle like this. We're going through a little rut right now."

Game notes


The Rockies won a series for the first time in nine tries this season. They had lost seven and tied one for the longest series drought in club history. ... Before reaching San Diego, the Rockies lost eight straight road games. ... The Padres' Jay Payton extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games with an infield single in the sixth. ... Rockies manager Clint Hurdle tied Buddy Bell with 161 wins for second-most by a Colorado manager. ... Rockies OF Mark Sweeney left the game in the third with a right hamstring strain. He is day-to-day.

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