Padres home not so welcome

Adam Eaton

The Padres managed just five hits on the night as Colorado starter Jason Jennings manhandled and confused the batters. Adam Eaton was brilliant through five before Jeromy Burnitz delivered a two run double and the Rockies rolled over San Diego 7-1.

Jeromy Burnitz connected on a 2-2 curveball in his wheelhouse and hit it into the awkward angles of right field for a stand up double that scored two runs and put Colorado on top, 2-1. Mark Sweeney had singled to open the inning and Royce Clayton hit a ground rule double before the Burnitz two out hit.

After a Luis Gonzalez walk, Charles Johnson doubled deep into left field. Gonzalez never slowed and tried to score from first. The relay throw came in from Terrence Long to Khalil Greene.

Greene threw the ball to the first base side of home plate as Gonzalez just beat the applied tag from Ramon Hernandez to put the Rockies up 3-1. Mark Sweeney then singled in Johnson. He then stole second but was clearly out. Mark Loretta attempted to argue but the umpire was in a bad position to view the play objectively. The play did not cost the Padres on the scoreboard.

Adam Eaton was charged with four runs over 6.1 innings. He was solid through the first five innings before giving up two in the sixth and seventh. He is now 1-6 on the year and has dropped six straight. His lone win came on April 13.

The Rockies scored three more in the ninth, helped out by a Brandon Puffer throwing error. Aaron Miles was just trying to sacrifice Johnson over to third when Puffer sailed a throw. Miles would score on a Clayton single and Matt Holliday had a bases juiced infield hit to put the Rockies up 7-1.

The Padres got on the board first when Sean Burroughs singled to open the fourth inning and was tripled in by Brian Giles.

Jason Jennings entered the game with an ERA well over 7.00 and opponents were hitting over .300, but the Padres could only manage the sole run as Jennings went eight innings. It was the second win in a week over the Friars for Jennings,

The loss dropped San Diego into a first-place tie with Los Angeles for the NL West lead. The Padres, who lost an NL-high 98 games last season, had sole possession of the division lead for four days.

Notes:

Brian Sweeney is back in Portland with the return of Antonio Osuna. Osuna pitched on Monday. Sweeney never pitched in a game.

David Wells is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, his first time on a mound since severing a tendon in his right wrist and cutting his left palm in an accident at his home on May 16 that put him on the disabled list. Wells was scheduled to start Friday night against Milwaukee, but won't be ready because now he needs oral surgery, manager Bruce Bochy said. Wells is scheduled for another bullpen session on Saturday and he'll likely make a fitting return to the mound when the Padres play at Boston.

Tonight's game was the first in a seven-game homestand which will include a three game visit by the Milwaukee Brewers from Friday-Sunday. Upon the conclusion of the homestand, the Padres will begin Interleague Play with a six-game road trip beginning in Fenway Park against the Red Sox and ending in New York with a series against the Yankees.

Trevor Hoffman now has 366 for his career, 364 coming in a Padres uniform - a Major League record, and is within one save of tying Jeff Reardon (367) on the all-time saves list and 24 behind Dennis Eckersley who occupies third-place on the list (390).

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