Giles to have MRI on right knee

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres avoided being swept by
Colorado, but were much more concerned about the possible loss of
right fielder Brian Giles.

Ryan Klesko had three RBI and Pedro Astacio threw seven strong
innings as the Padres beat the Rockies 4-3 on Sunday. But the knee
injury that drove Giles out of the game was a major concern for the
NL West leaders.

"I think it's fair to say he is one guy we can't lose," Padres
manager Bruce Bochy. "That would be a tremendous blow for us if we
had him go down."

Giles' injury is being called a bruised right knee after he
collided with center fielder Dave Roberts on a double hit by Choo
Freeman into the right-center field gap in the second inning. The
two hit their right knees together and Giles went down for a few
minutes before remaining in the game.

He doubled in the third inning, but had trouble running and was
replaced by pinch-runner Xavier Nady, who stayed in the game in
right field.

Giles is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam to rule out any
further damage. The fear is that there may be ligament damage to
the knee, the same knee in which Giles suffered a strained ligament
in April 2003 when playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was
forced to go on the disabled list and missed 23 games.

"Hopefully, it's a day to day thing and I will be right back
out there," said Giles, who added that the injury does not feel
the same as when he strained the ligament with Pittsburgh.

Giles leads the majors with 98 walks and has a team-high 68
RBI. He is also considered by the players to be their
inspirational leader.

"He's the glue that holds this team together," said Mark
Sweeney, who started at first base Sunday.

Even without Giles, San Diego finally figured out a way to beat
the Rockies, the NL's worst road team at 18-44. Colorado came in
with a four-game winning streak -- all on the road -- including the
first two games of the series. The Padres also handed Jamey Wright
his 16th loss, tying him for the most in the majors.

Klesko, who had been struggling recently, broke a 2-all tie in
the fifth inning with a bad-hop single that knocked in two runs.
Astacio (2-2) had his fourth consecutive strong outing, allowing
two runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two.

"This was a big win for us," Klesko said. "We didn't need to
get swept by these guys."

Astacio has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last
four starts.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 35

Wright (6-16) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings as
he tied Kansas City's Zack Greinke (3-16) for the major league lead
in losses. Wright, who struck out seven and walked two, also lost
his career-high fifth straight start.

"I'm not a very lucky pitcher," Wright said. "I thought I
threw the ball well today and came out with a loss."

Wright hurt himself in the fifth inning when he gave up a
one-out single to Roberts, then hit Joe Randa and Nady in
consecutive at-bats. Klesko hit a two-hopper to Todd Helton at
first base. As Helton dove for the ball, it took a bad bounce over
his glove into right field, scoring two runs and putting San Diego
ahead 4-2.

"I had a shot at it," Helton said. "I went full extension.
Once it took the hop, I didn't have a chance."

Klesko drove in a run with an RBI single in the first and Randa
hit a solo homer in the third, his 15th of the season and second
with San Diego since being acquired from Cincinnati in a trade July

Garrett Atkins had a two-out, run-scoring single in the first
for Colorado, which tied the game at 2 in the fifth on Wright's
single and a two-out double by Helton.

The Rockies added a run in the eighth off Akinori Otsuka after
Helton drew a leadoff walk and scored when Matt Holliday tripled
off the center-field fence. Atkins reached on a throwing error by
shortstop Damian Jackson with Holliday holding at third.

Otsuka escaped the jam by getting Jorge Piedra on a popup and
pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan on a double play.

Game notes
The Padres committed two errors, their fifth consecutive
game with an error. During that stretch, San Diego has made 11
errors. ... Wright is 1-8 in his last 10 starts. His only win was
Aug. 2 at San Francisco in a 4-3 victory.