Loewer pitches Padres to victory

San Diego earns split of series; Chacon picks up eighth win for Rockies

? Carlton Loewer won for the first time since being hurt in a hunting accident in January 2000, pitching five solid innings as the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, Monday night.

The Padres, who have the NL’s worst record, earned a split of the four-game series. It was just their seventh win in 35 games.

Making his fourth start of the season, Loewer (1-1) allowed one run and five hits, struck out two and walked one. It was his first win since May 4, 1999, while with Philadelphia, when he threw a five-hitter against the Padres for his first career shutout, winning 3-0.

Loewer fell out of a deer blind in Louisiana Jan. 2, 2000, breaking his lower left leg and dislocating his ankle. He was hurt two months after being obtained from Philadelphia with Adam Eaton and Steve Montgomery for Andy Ashby.

While recovering, Loewer developed shoulder problems that required season-ending surgery in July 2000. He made two appearances with the Padres in 2001, then sat out last season. The Padres gave him another chance, signing him to a minor league deal in December.

Matt Herges pitched the ninth for his third save in five chances.

The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on infield outs. Sean Burroughs hit a leadoff triple to the right-center gap and scored on Xavier Nady’s grounder. Gary Bennett singled, went to third on Lou Merloni’s double and scored on Loewer’s groundout.

Arizona scored its only run in the fifth when Chad Moeller hit a one-out double, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Tony Womack’s two-out single. Steve Finley walked, but Loewer got Danny Bautista to fly out to end the inning.

Rockies 4, Giants 1

San Francisco — Shawn Chacon became the first eight-game winner in the National League, leading Colorado over San Francisco.

Greg Norton homered as the Rockies snapped a seven-game road losing streak and avoided being swept by San Francisco for the fourth time in franchise history.

The Giants saw their five-game winning streak end, losing for the first time on their 12-game homestand.