Cook throws 5-hitter and Rockies top Padres 4-0 |

Cook throws 5-hitter and Rockies top Padres 4-0

Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton, left, is congratulated by Willy Taveras after the pair scored on a ground ball by Brad Hawpe against the San Diego Padres in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER ” Aaron Cook tossed a five-hitter for the first shutout of his career, and the Colorado Rockies ended an eight-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Cook (11-5) struck out four and needed 79 pitches and 1 hour, 58 minutes for his second complete game of the season, eighth of his career. He didn’t allow a runner past first base and faced just three batters over the minimum. On July 25, 2007, he needed just 74 pitches in a 10-2 complete-game win over the Padres.

Cook, who also had a hit, received a resounding cheer from the 26,221 fans at Coors Field as he came to bat in the bottom of the eighth.

Success against the Padres is nothing new for Cook, who improved to 10-3 against San Diego. Since 2004, Cook is 8-1 with a sparkling 1.52 ERA in 11 starts against the Padres. He didn’t allow more than two runs in any of those starts.

Josh Banks (2-3) went five innings and allowed all four runs for the Padres, who have lost 13 of their last 15.

Colorado got all the runs they needed in the fifth. Troy Tulowitzki led off with a double, went to third on Cook’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Willy Taveras’ single to right. After Todd Helton and Matt Holliday walked to loaded the bases with one out, shortstop Khalil Greene threw wide to first on Brad Hawpe’s double play ball, allowing Helton and Taveras to score. Hawpe then stole second and came home on Garrett Atkins’ single to right to make it 4-0.

The Rockies threatened in the third when they loaded the bases with two outs, but Hawpe looked at a called strike three to end the inning.

Notes: Padres manager Bud Black said RHP Chris Young (nasal surgery) could start throwing off the mound next week with the hope of getting him back at the end of July. … Taveras left the game in the sixth with soreness in his left thigh. He is day-to-day. … Tuesday’s game was the shortest nine-inning game in Coors Field history. … Cook’s complete-game shutout was the 16th in Coors Field history. … It was the fourth time this season that Cook has won to snap a Rockies’ losing streak of at least three games.

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