Padres score four in seventh to drop Rockies


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rondell White is doing OK after a rough start,
and he thinks his San Diego Padres will be all right, too.

White's two-run homer highlighted a four-run seventh inning and
the Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Sunday. Mark Kotsay
also drove in two runs for the Padres, who've won three of five

After starting the season 0-for-14, White has hit in a team-high
nine straight games and leads the Padres with three homers and 10

White homered on a 2-1 hanging curveball from reliever Doug
Jones, who had pitched 34 1/3 innings against the Padres without
allowing an earned run.

"He threw one earlier, a slow one that caught me off guard, and
I figured he'd go with another curveball,'' White said. "I got
lucky and hit it OK.''

White has gone 14-for-37 (.378) during his nine-game streak to
raise his average to .292.

After taking two of three from the Rockies, the Padres start a
12-game, four-city trip, their longest of the season.

"I think we can surprise some people,'' said White, who came
over from the New York Yankees for outfielder Bubba Trammell and a
minor leaguer in a spring training trade. "We've got some guys who
know how to hit the ball well; we've got some guys who know how to
play the game and swing the bat.''

Jones' streak against the Padres was the second-longest active
streak in the majors behind Anaheim's Troy Percival, who's thrown
35 innings against Minnesota without allowing an earned run.

Jaret Wright (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and
also doubled in the seventh, his first career extra-base hit.

With the score tied at 2, the Padres opened the seventh with a
single by Ramon Vazquez and a double by Keith Lockhart to chase
starter Aaron Cook (0-1). Vazquez scored on Kotsay's slow roller to
second, and Lockhart scored when the ball went under Ronnie
Belliard's glove and between his legs for an error.

White homered to left-center with one out to give the Padres a
6-2 lead.

The Rockies were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position
and stranded 12 baserunners, nine in the first four innings. They
failed to score after loading the bases in both the third and
fourth innings.

Padres starter Oliver Perez lasted only 4 1/3 innings and walked
a career-high seven.

"We had plenty of chances to do some damage early and couldn't
get the job done,'' said No. 3 hitter Todd Helton, who went 0-for-4
and stranded four runners in scoring position. "You have to give
Perez a lot of credit. He got himself in a lot of trouble, but he
also made some good pitches to get out of it, too.''

Jose Hernandez hit Perez's 99th pitch into the seats in
left-center field with one out in the fifth to give the Rockies a
1-0 lead and chase the left-hander. It was Hernandez's third.

Perez got out of two bases-loaded jams, including in the third
when he walked three straight batters with one out and then retired
the next two batters. He allowed one run and four hits, and struck
out five.

"Ollie had great stuff,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was
just missing with his pitches.''

San Diego went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth on Vazquez's
RBI triple into the Rockies' bullpen in the right-field corner and
Kotsay's RBI single to left. Colorado tied it in the sixth on
Belliard's single.

Cook allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings.

Game notes
Padres reliever Luther Hackman cut the index finger on his
right hand when he caught it on the awning that covers the bench in
the bullpen, apparently while loosening up, Bochy said. Hackman
won't need stitches. ... Perez has gone five or fewer innings in
nine of his 18 career starts, including all three this year. He
also walked at least four in 10 of his 18 starts. ... In five
career appearances against the Rockies, including four starts,
Perez has allowed only three earned runs in 25 innings.