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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-08-30

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-08-30
The Rockies have some big odds to overcome, but they feel a little better about their situation today because All-Star right-hander Aaron Cook is feeling better. Having eliminated back problems that bothered him for a couple of weeks, Cook turned in six strong innings Friday in a 9-4 victory over San Diego at Petco Park.

That allowed Cook to earn his 16th victory, one shy of the franchise's single-season record.

He has matched Jason Jennings for the second-most victories in a season in franchise history. Jeff Francis, Pedro Astacio and Kevin Ritz, however, each had a 17-win season. Cook will go for his record-tying victory on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field against San Francisco.

He projects to have at least five more starts, which gives him a shot at winning 20. And one of those could come when San Diego visits Coors Field on Sept. 15-17.

Cook is 11-15 against the Padres, and the win on Friday was only his second win in his last five starts and marked the first time he had worked six innings in those five starts.

"I've worked hard to physically get back to where I need to be, and I always feel a little better in San Diego," said Cook, 5-1 in six career starts at Petco Park. "You can get away with a few more mistakes here than you can in other parks."

He pitched out of a first-inning jam when, with a runner on third and one out, he got Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground to short and struck out Adrian Gonzalez on a fastball, up.

He gave up a run in the second when rookie Max Venable tripled and came home on a wild pitch. Kouzmanoff and Gonzalez got him in the third, combining for back-to-back two-out singles that brought home Brian Giles, who had drawn a one-out walk.

Cook, however, faced only 10 batters in getting his final nine outs of the game and was able to record 13 of his 18 outs on groundballs, getting strikeouts for three others.

"He showed a lot of improvement in all areas," said manager Clint Hurdle. "He made a big step back in the right direction."

ROCKIES 9, PADRES 4: 1B Garrett Atkins, who had homered only once his last 27 games, homered twice Friday. He had a three-run home run that put the Rockies up 4-1 in the top of the third. He had a two-run home run that gave them the final margin of victory in the ninth. Seth Smith also had a two-run, pinch-hit double in the eighth. It was his fourth hit in five career pinch-hit at-bats against the Padres. The Rockies won for the 10th time in 13 games. They remained six games behind NL West-leading Arizona but moved to within 1 1/2 games of second-place Los Angeles.

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Added: August 30, 2008

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