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CIN@SD: Wells fans three in six solid innings of work

Kip Wells tapped into the fountain of youth in his last start against the Rockies, and the Padres are hoping he can do so again as they try to clinch their third series in a row.

Facing his former team on July 1, the 35-year-old Wells held Colorado scoreless through seven innings at Coors Field, scattering six hits for his first win since 2009.

"It was quite an effort," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The thing about it, he was around the zone. The ball was cutting, sinking, his slider was good. He used all his weapons and the hard contact the Rockies did have went right at our guys."

Wells (1-3, 2.82 ERA) will be opposed by a fellow veteran pitcher Jeff Francis when the Padres and Rockies square off in the second game of a weekend series Saturday.

After yielding eight runs to the Angels in his season debut on June 9, Francis has been the most consistent Rockies starter. The southpaw held the Pirates to one run in five innings on July 16 -- the sixth straight start in which he did not give up more than three runs.

"I love being here. I love playing for this team," said Francis, who won six games last season with the Royals. "They gave me a shot, and so far I've pitched well to take advantage of that. Hopefully, it sticks."

Rockies: Helton shines in rehab start
First baseman Todd Helton, on the disabled list with a sore right hip, went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk on Friday night with the Rockies rookie league affiliate in Grand Junction.

Helton is scheduled to play again on Saturday and has designs to return to the Rockies early next week.

Padres: Wrist could keep Maybin out all weekend.
Center fielder Cameron Maybin wasn't in the starting lineup for the third consecutive game on Friday as he deals with a nagging right wrist injury. Black thinks there's a chance Maybin will sit out the entire weekend series against the Rockies.

"You might not see him swing a bat for a few days," Black said. "He's a little better [Friday], but it will probably be a couple of days until you see him."

Maybin is hitting .221 with four homers and 26 RBIs.

Worth noting
• Left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, acquired Friday from the Royals in a trade for Jeremy Guthrie, will start Monday at Arizona.

• The Padres beat the Rockies, 9-5, in the first game of the series on Friday to snap the Rockies streak of victories in three consecutive series openers.

• Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal hit his fifth homer of the season, and his first since July 4. Grandal's first two career hits -- on June 30 against the Rockies -- were home runs.

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