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Padres have no answer for Kim in loss to Rockies

DENVER (AP) -- Clint Hurdle was feeling under the weather, but
Byung-Hyun Kim's performance made him feel better than a bowl of
chicken soup.

"That was a fantastic job," Hurdle said with a raspy voice.

Kim baffled the Padres with his stop-and-go delivery, striking
out seven in 7 2/3 innings -- the longest outing of his career -- in
a 3-1 win over NL West-leading San Diego on Friday night.

"BK had it going," said Dave Roberts, who had two of the
Padres' five hits to go with two stolen bases. "The delivery of
his is tough. He kept us at bay."

Kim (6-6) tied a Rockies record by striking out five in a row
spanning the fifth and sixth innings. It's the eighth time in
franchise history the feat has been accomplished, the last time by
Brian Fuentes on Sept. 21, 2002, against Arizona.

"He was fun to watch," outfielder Matt Holliday said.

Not bad considering Kim was coming off a forgettable outing in
which he lasted 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven earned runs, against
Arizona. He turned it around against the Padres to pick up his
first win since June 25.

"I felt a lot better than last time," Kim said.

In Hurdle's opinion, Kim looked like a completely different
pitcher than he saw five days ago.

"He has the wherewithal and confidence not to get rattled,"
Hurdle said. "He really hit his spots."

On the back of Kim's chair in front of his locker hung a T-shirt
that read, "Every day is a Holliday."

Holliday hit an RBI single in the fifth and a solo home run in
the eighth. It was his 18th homer of the year and first since July
18. Holliday had been batting .152 over his last eight games, but
appears to be heading out of his slump with a 2-for-4 night.

"When he's having success, he's hitting the ball the other
way," Hurdle said of Holliday's homer to right.

He's also going to the barber. Holliday's two-hit night came
after his wife sent him to get his hair cut. However, he's not
superstitious.

"I don't believe in that, but it is a coincidence," Holliday
said. "We need these wins."

The Rockies entered the series down 6½ games to the Padres in
the standings, but have gained two games with two more to go. After
Thursday's come-from-behind, 9-8 win in 10 innings followed by
Kim's gem, Colorado has some momentum.

"It's a challenge but it's an opportunity," Hurdle said. "We
look forward to playing."

Kim was cruising along until the eighth. After getting two outs,
Kim gave up a single to Roberts, who then stole second. Roberts
scored when right fielder Brad Hawpe misplayed Terrmel Sledge's
liner.

Ray King came in and got Brian Giles to hit a slow roller back
to him to end the inning.

Fuentes pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 22 chances, with
Cory Sullivan making a diving catch in center on Mike Piazza's line
drive with a man on first for the final out.

"I made sure I got my hand underneath it and it rattled around
the glove a little bit and I was fortunate enough to hold onto
it," Sullivan said.

Clay Hensley (6-8) hasn't won a road game since May 14 in
Chicago. He went six innings, allowing five hits with six walks.
However, only one of those walks scored.

"Our guy pitched pretty well, too," Padres manager Bruce Bochy
said.

All evening long, Hensley pitched his way out of trouble, but
couldn't escape the fifth unscathed. Jamey Carroll led off with a
walk and stole second on a botched hit-and-run play where Clint Barmes failed to make contact.

Barmes then attempted to bunt him over to third, but popped it
up. However, Hensley, who was moving in on the play, couldn't catch
it. Barmes was credited with an infield single and Carroll advanced
to third. Garrett Atkins' slow roller to Khalil Greene allowed
Carroll to score and Barmes to move to second.

Holliday followed with an RBI single to right to bring home
Barmes and give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

"It came down to a blown hit-and-run play in the fifth," Bochy
said.

More than that, though, it came down to the pitching performance
of Kim.

"He pitched great," Holliday said.

Game notes
The Padres sent RHP Chan Ho Park home Friday to have
further tests done on a lower digestive tract virus. Bochy said
Park will not make his scheduled start Sunday against Colorado. ...
Hawpe recorded his 13th outfield assist by throwing out Josh Bard,
who'd singled and then slipped rounding first. Hawpe is tied with
Washington's Alfonso Soriano for the NL lead. ... Colorado RHP
Chin-hui Tsao threw off the mound Friday and will throw batting
practice on Tuesday. Tsao's on the 60-day DL as he recovers from
right shoulder surgery.