Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Colorado won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 23
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Colorado7
Game 2: Tuesday, July 24
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Colorado3
Game 3: Wednesday, July 25
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Padres 2

(54-46, 26-22 away)

Rockies 10

(51-50, 28-20 home)

    3:05 PM ET, July 25, 2007

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: A. Cook (7-6)

    L: J. Germano (6-5)

    Holliday sparks Rockies; Cook shuts down Padres

    A CLOSER LOOK
    Matt
    Holliday
    • Summary: Matt Holliday tied a career high with four hits, including a home run and two doubles, and Aaron Cook pitched his second complete game of the season to lead the Rockies past the Padres 10-2.

    • Goat: San Diego starter Justin Germano gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. He has lost five of his last six decisions.

    • Figure this pt. 1: Holliday has 48 RBIs against the Padres.

    • Figure this pt. 2: The Padres' bullpen has an 8.87 ERA in the last six games.

    • Quotable: "I don't think I've ever seen a pitcher throw seven frames of single-digit pitches. He was filthy." -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, on Cook

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Rockies 10, Padres 2

    DENVER (AP) -- Aaron Cook worked quickly and efficiently.

    Cook needed just 74 pitches in his second complete game of the season, leading the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Wednesday.

    "I don't think I've ever seen a pitcher throw seven frames of single-digit pitches," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He was filthy."

    Matt Holliday tied a career-high with four hits, including a home run and two doubles, and Ryan Spilborghs had a tiebreaking homer and three RBIs. Garrett Atkins had three hits and three RBIs.

    "When your pitcher's working quick and getting outs, it helps the team," Holliday said. "It keeps everybody's energy level high."

    Cook (7-6) allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked none to win his second straight start after going 1-5 in his previous nine outings. His other complete game this year was a five-hitter at San Francisco on May 26.

    Cook threw just 61 pitches in the last eight innings.

    "I just went out there and kept throwing strikes and they kept putting the ball in play," said Cook, who had 14 ground-ball outs. "The guys kept making defensive plays behind me."

    Cook also matched a career high with three hits at plate.

    "He got better as the game went on and we couldn't get anything going," Padres manager Bud Black said.

    Cook improved to 5-0 in seven starts against the Padres at Coors Field.

    "I've always been confident, but when you start to win and you start to get good results it helps your confidence," Cook said. "Right now, things are going good. I'm going to keep riding it."

    Justin Germano (6-5) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. He has lost five of his last six decisions.

    After the game, the Padres traded right-hander Scott Linebrink to the Milwaukee Brewers for three minor-league pitchers.

    Spilborghs' leadoff homer in the fifth, a drive to left-center estimated at 452 feet, put Colorado ahead 3-2. The Rockies blew open the game with a four-run sixth, when Holliday doubled in a run and Atkins greeted reliever Kevin Cameron with an RBI single. Left fielder Russell Branyan misplayed Atkins' hit, allowing another run to score, and Spilborghs had a sacrifice fly.

    Run-scoring singles by Atkins and Spilborghs made it 9-2 in the seventh, and Kaz Matsui added an RBI grounder in the eighth off Cla Meredith.

    San Diego took a 2-0 lead in the first on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single and Khalil Greene's run-scoring, double-play grounder.

    Holliday homered off the top of the right-field fence in the bottom half and Atkins tied it with an RBI single in the fourth.

    "I've battled some rhythm problems and some timing, but I felt a lot better today," Holliday said.

    Game notes


    Holliday has 48 RBIs against the Padres. ... Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who missed Tuesday night's game with an undisclosed illness, was out of the lineup Wednesday. Jamey Carroll started in his place for the second straight game. ... The Padres' bullpen has an 8.87 ERA in the last six games.

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