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Rockies off to good start, rout Padres

Patrick Saunders
The Denver Post

SAN DIEGO – The difference between a contender and a team going through the motions was on full display at Petco Park on Thursday night.

The Rockies took advantage of early Padres miscues, pounded out 11 hits and cruised to a 10-1 victory. It was a satisfying way to begin the second half of the season and moved the Rockies 1 1/2 games behind idle San Francisco in the wild-card race.

“What adds to this game was the way we finished up that game on Sunday,” manager Jim Tracy said, referring to the Rockies’ 8-7 walkoff win over Atlanta before the all-star break. “To have a three-day break, then play the way we did tonight, obviously we have ourselves headed in the exact direction we wanted to go in.”

Rockies starter Aaron Cook wasn’t masterful, just gutsy. He allowed one run on eight hits in six innings. The Padres frequently pushed him into a corner and he walked four, but he counterpunched with eight strikeouts, tying a career high. Cook improved to 9-3.

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