Rockies downed by Padres
DENVER – Jake Peavy pitched into the eighth inning and Dave Roberts drove in two runs with two triples as the San Diego Padres maintained their five-game lead in the NL West with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.Peavy (13-7) struck out four, walked three and gave up two runs and seven hits in winning for the first time in three starts. He only allowed a solo homer to Danny Ardoin and a two-out RBI single to Matt Holliday before departing with two outs in the eighth inning.Second-place San Francisco defeated Washington 5-1 to stay five games out with 11 games to play.San Diego starters allowed 13 earned runs in 3 1-3 innings over the first two games of the series, including Colorado’s 20-1 victory on Tuesday. Holliday had eight RBIs in that game.Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th consecutive save and 40th of the season.Roberts matched a career high with his third four-hit game of the season that included his career-high ninth and 10th triples. Brian Giles had an RBI single and walked twice.The Padres spoiled the major league debut of Mike Esposito (0-1). Given a spot start when Zach Day broke his right thumb, Esposito allowed three runs and seven hits in five inningsThe Padres took a 1-0 lead in the first on Giles’ broken-bat RBI single to right with two outs.Shortstop Khalil Greene saved a run in the bottom of the inning. Todd Helton doubled to center and Greene’s relay got Cory Sullivan at the plate.Ardoin tied it in the second with his fifth home run.Peavy helped himself with a leadoff single past shortstop in the third. Three pitches later, Roberts tripled past a diving Dustan Mohr in right to make it 2-1.Roberts’ second triple of the game, a gapper into right-center with two outs in the fourth, extended San Diego’s lead to 3-1.Ryan Klesko drew a two-out walk from reliever Jose Acevedo and Greene followed with an RBI double to make it 4-1.Robert Fick doubled leading off the eighth inning against Justin Speier and scored on Mark Loretta’s sacrifice fly.Helton and Holliday had two-out doubles in the eighth for the Rockies.Notes: Rain forced both teams to take batting practice in the indoor batting cages. … Colorado RHP Byung-Hyun Kim will throw a bullpen session Thursday as he tries to return from a hip injury.
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