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Young wins on road again as Padres clip Rockies

DENVER (AP) -- It's been so long since Chris Young lost on the
road, he can't remember when the last time was. One thing he's sure
about, the streak could have easily ended in Colorado on Saturday
night.

Mike Cameron responded to a much-needed day off with a two-run
triple and Young scraped through five innings to stretch his road
unbeaten streak to 19 games, lifting the San Diego Padres over the
Rockies 4-2.

"Tonight I think was lot of luck -- hard-hit balls right at
guys, the defense making some great plays," said Young, who hasn't
lost since June 20, 2005, against the Los Angeles Angels, while
pitching for Texas. "It just happened to be one of those nights
where I wasn't very sharp, didn't think I pitched that great, but
luck was on my side."

Young (9-4) didn't have the overpowering stuff he used to hold
the Rockies to five runs in 20 1/3 innings the previous three
starts, but it was good enough to keep him undefeated (5-0) in 10
road starts this season.

The big right-hander gave up two hits in the first inning, a run
in the fourth on Brad Hawpe's RBI single and worked out of a jam in
the fifth thanks to right fielder Brian Giles snaring Garrett
Atkins' liner and doubling off Clint Barmes at first.

Young also started a double play in the second inning, when he
snared Choo Freeman's liner and caught Yorvit Torrealba off first.
He was lifted after Matt Holliday walked to lead off the sixth,
giving up one run and seven hits.

"He kept us in the ballgame, gave us a chance to win," Padres
manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's important to get a good start,
especially here. He did that and he got us where we could use the
guys in the bullpen."

Colorado got a rare shaky outing from Jeff Francis (8-9) and
didn't give him much help. The Rockies had 11 hits, but left nine
on and hit into three double plays. Two of the double plays were
inning-enders, including one in the sixth, when Alan Embree got
Hawpe to ground out to first and Jamey Carroll was thrown out at
the plate trying to score from third.

"We rolled the dice in the fifth and Atkins lined out, then
Hawpe wasn't able to convert the one time," Rockies manager Clint
Hurdle said after Colorado's 11th loss in 16 games since the
All-Star break. "Other guys had chances with some two-out hits. We
just couldn't get that big hit."

Young got plenty of help.

Khalil Greene hit his 15th homer, Eric Young his third and
Trevor Hoffman worked for the ninth for his 28th save in 32
chances. But the biggest blow came from Cameron.

The center fielder went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts to start
the series against Colorado on Thursday, so Bochy decided to give
him Friday off. After popping out to first in the first inning and
walking in the fourth, Cameron put the NL West-leading Padres up
3-1 with a two-run triple to center in the fifth.

"He needed it -- there was no question he was running on
empty," Bochy said of Cameron's day off. "We played in some hot
weather in San Francisco and L.A., we had extra innings, he bruised
his knee in L.A. Looking back, I probably should have given him the
first day off here."

Francis' troubles started after plate umpire Rick Reed
experienced flulike symptoms and had to leave the game at the end
of the fourth inning.

The Rockies went up 1-0 in the fourth and had just started
taking the field defensively when Reed walked through a door behind
home plate and headed down a tunnel beneath the stadium. The
Rockies were called back to the dugout and the game was delayed 11
minutes while second base umpire Ted Barrett strapped on the gear
and took Reed's place.

After giving up his first hit the previous inning -- a one-out
single by Mike Piazza -- Francis allowed the two-run triple by
Cameron in the fifth, set up by Atkins' fielding error at third on
a grounder by Mark Bellhorn and Eric Young's two-out walk.

Greene then hit a solo homer to center on the first pitch he saw
from the left-hander in the sixth and Eric Young made it 4-1 with a
solo shot to left in the seventh.

Francis lasted six innings, giving up four runs -- two earned --
and five hits. He also walked four, matching his total in four
previous July starts.

"He wasn't as sharp as he's been in other outings," Hurdle
said. "Still, he gave up two earned runs."

Game notes
Cameron's triple ended an 0-for-22 slump against the
Rockies. ... A three-man crew worked the game after Reed went out,
with Tim Tschida at first and Laz Diaz at third. Reed was taken to
a local hospital as a precaution. ... Colorado's Todd Helton had a
double off Scott Linebrink in the eighth inning, his first
extra-base hit in 11 games.