SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jason Jennings feels right at home in Petco
Jennings dominated the San Diego Padres for the second time this
season at their new downtown ballpark, combining with two relievers
on a five-hitter in the Colorado Rockies' 5-1 victory Thursday
Jennings (8-7) allowed one run on five hits in 7 2-3 innings
with five strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander gave up only
one hit and did not allow a baserunner to reach second base through
six innings before Brian Giles hit a leadoff homer in the seventh.
In his other outing at Petco Park, a 7-1 win on May 31, Jennings
allowed one run and four hits in eight innings.
"I definitely like pitching here," Jennings said. "It's a
good pitcher's park. If I get behind, I don't nibble. I don't just
throw it down the middle of the plate, but I can be aggressive in
the strike zone."
Todd Helton added a 424-foot solo homer in the third, his 17th
for Colorado, which had its five-game winning streak stopped
Wednesday night at San Francisco.
"(Eaton) had just made a couple of good pitches to me and he
got a fastball up that I was able to get my bat around on," Helton
said. "I was just looking to cover the plate there."
Aaron Miles added an RBI single.
"We're getting a lot of timely hits," Rockies manager Clint
Hurdle said. "They are throwing everything into the pot."
After pitching out of a jam in the seventh following Giles' home
run, Jennings needed help in the eighth.
Steve Reed pitched a perfect ninth to finish the five-hitter.
Jennings issued a two-out walk to Giles in the first, then set
down 11 straight batters before Jay Payton got San Diego's first
hit, a one-out single in the fifth.
Giles led off the seventh with 403-foot homer into the
right-field stands. With one out, Terrence Long doubled and
Jennings walked Payton. But after the runners moved up a base on a
groundout, Jennings retired Khalil Greene on a popup.
"I threw a lot of sinkers and a lot of changeups," Jennings
said. "I mixed in some two-seam fastballs and it was all working
pretty good here again."
San Diego dropped its second straight after winning eight in a
row at home.
For the second straight game, the Padres allowed three runs in
the first inning.
"It was Groundhog Day from (Wednesday night)," manager Bruce
Bochy said. "It was pretty simple. They pitched well, they swung
the bats well, and Jennings shut us down again. We've had a tough
time against him."
Eaton (4-8) allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings. The
right-hander walked one and struck out three.
"The ball was up in the zone and it got hit," Eaton said. "It
was a battle to get to the sixth."
In his previous six starts, Eaton had an ERA of 1.83 in 39 1-3
innings, including his last start on Saturday against Kansas City
when he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Eaton settled
for a no-decision in San Diego's 5-4 win.
Eaton is 0-3 with an 8.35 ERA in three starts against Colorado
Jennings and Eaton have faced each other three times this
season. ... Eaton is 4-8 with a 6.30 ERA in 15 career starts
against the Rockies. ... Before Thursday night, Colorado had been
outscored 67-39 in the first inning.