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SD@WSH: Moseley gets out of trouble in the fourth

On the disabled list since breaking his right ring finger in Spring Training, Aaron Cook will make his much-anticipated return to the Rockies' rotation Wednesday.

In his first start of the year, Cook will go up against the Padres' Dustin Moseley at PETCO Park, where Cook has found success throughout his career.

In 11 starts at PETCO, the right-hander is 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA.

"It'll be a Major League game, so there'll probably be a little more energy," Cook said. "I guess fortunately and unfortunately, I've come off the DL in the middle of the season before, so I know what to expect. I've been through it. I'm looking to not do too much, just be myself.

"We've got a great group of guys, a great group of starters right now. I'm looking forward to helping our team win. However it plays out, it plays out. Everybody here will tell you the same thing. As long as we're winning games or giving ourselves a chance to win, we don't really care who's taking the ball every fifth day or every day."

Brad Hawpe, now a member of the Padres after spending over six seasons in the Rockies organization, has been in contact with Cook and knows how effective he can be.

"I'm happy for Cook. I'm pulling for him all the time. I know he's worked hard over these last couple months. He's had a good attitude about rehabbing, having an extra rehab start," Hawpe said. "He's had a good approach and he's looking forward to coming back and helping out the team. The team needs him."

Yet, getting that first win will be difficult for Cook against Moseley, the Padres' most consistent starter this season.

Allowing three or fewer runs in 10 of his 12 starts, Moseley was locked in last time out. Allowing just one run on six hits in seven innings pitched against the Astros for the win, Moseley moved to 2-6 with a 3.00 ERA.

"Good command of the fastball," Padres manager Bud Black said after the game. "Good curve. Usually you see probably the majority of his pitches fastball-slider. I think he had great use of the curveball to go along with his fastball."

Still struggling from a lack of run support, Moseley on average receives only 2.25 runs per game, the lowest among all qualifying Major League pitchers this season.

Rockies: Jimenez's winning streak snapped

Ubaldo Jimenez had his five game winning streak snapped against the Padres with a 2-0 loss to San Diego Tuesday.

It marked his first loss to the club since August 2008. Jimenez is now 7-4 in his career with a 3.51 ERA in 12 career starts against the Padres.

• The Rockies' pitching staff has posted a 1.41 ERA this month.

Padres: Pitching staff hitting dominant stretch
Going 9-4 over their last 13 games, the Padres have been led by a pitching staff that has posted a 2.41 ERA. The Padres' starters are 7-3 with a 2.51 ERA during that stretch.

• Tuesday's starter Tim Stauffer worked a career-high eight innings and struck out a career-high eight batters. He is now 3-2 with a 2.18 ERA in eight appearances against the Rockies.

Worth noting
• Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett has hit .310 (13-for-42) with two doubles, two triples, a home run and nine runs scored in his last 11 games.

• Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's contest, is a career .337 hitter (258-for-765) against San Diego, including a .338 mark in 60 games at PETCO Park.

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