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Rockies Win 6-2 Over Padres In Saturday Afternoon Game

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez both knocked in two runs to help the Colorado Rockies send the spiraling San Diego Padres to a ninth straight loss with a 6-2 win at PETCO Park.

Troy Tulowitzki had two hits and scored two runs for the Rockies, who have won five of their last eight games. Jason Hammel (10-7) gave up two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Hundley both doubled home a run for San Diego, while Jon Garland (13-10) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings.

The Padres are now just 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place San Francisco in the National League West. The Giants play in Los Angeles later Saturday.

Colorado climbed to within 5 1/2 games of San Diego in the division standings.

Down 3-1, the Padres picked up a run in the seventh. Chase Headley singled to open the inning, took second on a groundout and scored on Hundley's double to right field.

Hammel was lifted in favor of Joe Beimel after pinch-hitter Oscar Salazar drew a two-out walk. Beimel walked the only batter he faced in pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba to load the bases. Esmil Rogers came on and struck out David Eckstein to preserve the one-run lead.

The Rockies put the game away with a three-spot against San Diego reliever Luke Gregerson in the eighth. Gregerson retired two of the first three batters, but the third out proved to be elusive.

Clint Barmes walked to put runners on the corners, then Dexter Fowler reached on an infield single to plate Ryan Spilborghs. Carlos Gonzalez followed with a two-run double to right to give Colorado a 6-2 lead.

Adrian Gonzalez staked San Diego to an early lead with an RBI double in the first, but the Rockies moved ahead in the third.

Carlos Gonzalez drew a two-out walk and Tulowitzki doubled before Helton plated both runners with a base hit to right.

Colorado loaded the bases with two outs in fifth, and increased its lead to 3-1 when Spilborghs reached on a fielding error by shortstop Everth Cabrera.

The Padres' losing streak is the longest since the club also dropped nine straight from May 14-23, 2003...Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 12 games...Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games...Garland struck out seven batters...The Rockies are now 10-4 against San Diego this season.