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Padres Beat Rockies To Snap Losing Streak

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Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies can't field the throw as Jesus Guzman of the San Diego Padres gets back to second base during the first inning of a baseball game at Petco Park on September 4, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies can’t field the throw as Jesus Guzman of the San Diego Padres gets back to second base during the first inning of a baseball game at Petco Park on September 4, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeremy Hermida and Will Venable drove in three runs apiece, and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Sunday to snap a nine-game losing streak.

Hermida had an RBI single in the first and a two-run single in the third as the Padres won for the first time since a 7-5 win at San Francisco on Aug. 23. Venable tripled with the bases loaded in a four-run eighth inning.

Mat Latos (7-13) struck out eight in seven innings for San Diego, yielding two runs and five hits.

Colorado’s Dexter Fowler had three hits, including a triple, for the second straight day. Fowler’s 15th triple set a career high and franchise record.

The speedy center fielder now has seven extra-base hits in his last five games. He had two doubles and two triples in the three-game series at spacious Petco Park.

Jesus Guzman finished with three hits as San Diego avoided its first 10-game slide since last season. That losing streak in August and early September fueled the Padres’ collapse after leading the NL West for most of the season.

The Rockies lost at San Diego for just the fourth time in their last 16 games. Colorado has won six of nine here this season.

Rockies starter Aaron Cook (3-9) only gave up four hits in six innings, but allowed three runs and walked four. The right-hander dropped to 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 28 career appearances against the Padres.

Hermida helped San Diego build a 3-0 lead with his two-out singles in the first and third. But the Rockies got two back in the fourth. Fowler led off with a triple and scored on Mark Ellis’ grounder. Troy Tulowitzki drew a two-out walk and scored after consecutive singles by Jason Giambi and Seth Smith.

The Padres put it away with four runs in the eighth. Pinch-runner Cameron Maybin scored on second baseman Ellis’ two-out error before Venable hit a three-run triple to center off Matt Lindstrom.

NOTES: The Padres recalled prized 1B prospect Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson. Rizzo hit only .143 with one homer and six RBIs in 35 games in his first stint with San Diego from June 9 to July 22. … A sore right wrist kept Maybin out of the starting lineup for the eighth straight game. … RHP Esmil Rogers will start for Colorado on Monday against Arizona LHP Wade Miley when the Rockies open a six-game homestand. … Padres RHP Tim Stauffer attempts to rebound from his last start Tuesday at the Los Angeles Dodgers when he walked seven in 1 2-3 innings, including six in an eight-run second inning. Stauffer will face visiting San Francisco and LHP Madison Bumgarner on Monday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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