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Hundley tees off on a solo shot to right

DENVER -- It seemed like old times for Jamie Moyer, who won a game for the first time since he was a Phillie two years ago and eclipsed an 80-year-old baseball record by becoming the oldest pitcher to win a Major League baseball game, beating the Padres, 5-3, at the age of 49.

"He pitched well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I've seen it obviously for a long time. That was his basic game, what you saw tonight. The changeup down and away. Threw some cutters inside, threw the backdoor cutter. Threw some sinkers, kept us off balance."

A day after setting a season high with 14 hits, the Padres were stymied by Moyer, scraping together six singles against the veteran left-hander.

Mark Kotsay continued his career-long domination of Moyer, collecting a single to right in the first frame and a 70-foot single that died before reaching third in the sixth. Kotsay improved to .583 (21-for-36) against Moyer, the highest average of any hitter with more than 13 at-bats against him.

"We got a lot of history," Kotsay said of his satisfying second single. "Any time I get a hit off him, he has something to say, and obviously I have something to say back. It's been a fun challenge between him and I for a few years. The hits weren't necessarily crushed, but they were hits."

Kotsay's two hits were equalized by Moyer using his sinking fastball to induce Kotsay into the first of three consecutive inning-ending double plays in the third. Moyer raised his arms triumphantly as he left the mound.

"That's a personal thing going on between Mark Kostay and I," Moyer said. "He wears me out, and he knows it. And I know it. We joke about it in the offseason. So to get him to hit into a double play was a big thing for me. We both had fun with it."

Right-hander Anthony Bass started strong, pitching 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before Marco Scutaro sparked a two-out rally with a single up the middle. Dexter Fowler followed with his second home run of season, a towering shot over the right-field scoreboard to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

"I just made a bad pitch to Dexter Fowler, and a good hitter's going to hit it out," Bass said. "I was one pitch away from possibly getting a win tonight."

The Rockies added a run in the fourth on another two-out rally, with Michael Cuddyer knocking a single to center and Wilin Rosario plating him with a deep double into the right-center gap. They touched Bass for three runs on four hits and three walks, while Bass fanned seven in five innings.

"Anthony threw the ball well again, but a couple mistakes got him," Black said. "The Fowler pitch was up in the strike zone. Changeup, up. He hit a deep fly home run. But I thought his stuff was good. The velocity was there. A good hard slider. A couple good changeups. They swung over the top of some sliders. His goal moving forward is to turn those 90-plus pitches into seven innings instead of five."

Bass acknowledged the example Moyer set in pitch efficiency, going two innings further on four pitches fewer.

"That's definitely something to watch and learn from," Bass said. "He's a pitcher out there. He makes his pitches and gets guys out."

The Padres finally put a pair of unearned runs on the board in the seventh when Andy Parrino drilled a ball through shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's legs for a two-base error, his second of the game, scoring Jesus Guzman, who walked. Jason Bartlett lofted a sacrifice fly to right to bring the Padres within one.

Former Rockies closer Huston Street gave up a pair of inherited runs in the eighth, when Cuddyer doubled one home and Rosario capped the scoring with a shallow sacrifice fly as the 38-year-old Todd Helton hustled for home and scored on a close play at the plate.

Moyer lasted seven innings before giving way to fireballer Rex Brothers, whose fastball was nearly 20 mph faster than Moyer's upper-70s heater.

The Padres made a last stand on the strength of Nick Hundley's first homer, a solo shot into the right-field bullpen to bring San Diego within two. Chris Denorfia and Parrino followed with back-to-back singles to bring the go-ahead run to the plate against closer Rafael Betancourt.

"Nick got started with a home run, and that got the momentum a little bit in our dugout, which was good," Black said. "We put some stress on them. We fought them to the end."

Betancourt kept it together, inducing Bartlett to fly to left and striking out Yonder Alonso on a full-count changeup down the middle after feeding him cutters away.

"Betancourt made some pitches," Black said. "That was a heck of a changeup at the end against Alonso in a 3-2 count. He's a guy that's grown into that role as a closer. Good mix of pitches. Used to be just fastball primarily, and now he whips in the breaking ball and he's got the good change, so he's got three pitches you have to contend with. I like the fact that we got him, we had some good swings against him, but it just didn't happen for us tonight."

For the Rockies, it was in with the old as Moyer made history on the two-year anniversary of Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hitter. Moyer is 49 years and 150 days old, making him 80 days older than the Brooklyn Dodgers' Jack Quinn, who held the record since winning a game over the Cardinals in 1932.

"It just says something about how much he loves to compete and his willingness to work," Kotsay said of his old adversary. "At 49, to be able to go out and throw the ball and have success. He's still able to locate his pitches and keep big league hitters off balance. He did that tonight." Comments