Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 11
San Diego6
Game 2: Saturday, April 12
San Diego2
Game 3: Sunday, April 13
San Diego6

Rockies 2

(7-5, 2-4 away)

Padres 6

(6-7, 5-5 home)

    5:00 PM ET, April 13, 2003

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    W: J. Wright (1-1)

    L: A. Cook (0-1)

    Padres score four in seventh to drop Rockies

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rondell White is doing OK after a rough start, and he thinks his San Diego Padres will be all right, too.

    Rondell White

    White's two-run homer highlighted a four-run seventh inning and the Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Sunday. Mark Kotsay also drove in two runs for the Padres, who've won three of five overall.

    After starting the season 0-for-14, White has hit in a team-high nine straight games and leads the Padres with three homers and 10 RBIs.

    White homered on a 2-1 hanging curveball from reliever Doug Jones, who had pitched 34 1/3 innings against the Padres without allowing an earned run.

    "He threw one earlier, a slow one that caught me off guard, and I figured he'd go with another curveball,'' White said. "I got lucky and hit it OK.''

    White has gone 14-for-37 (.378) during his nine-game streak to raise his average to .292.

    After taking two of three from the Rockies, the Padres start a 12-game, four-city trip, their longest of the season.

    "I think we can surprise some people,'' said White, who came over from the New York Yankees for outfielder Bubba Trammell and a minor leaguer in a spring training trade. "We've got some guys who know how to hit the ball well; we've got some guys who know how to play the game and swing the bat.''

    Jones' streak against the Padres was the second-longest active streak in the majors behind Anaheim's Troy Percival, who's thrown 35 innings against Minnesota without allowing an earned run.

    Jaret Wright (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and also doubled in the seventh, his first career extra-base hit.

    With the score tied at 2, the Padres opened the seventh with a single by Ramon Vazquez and a double by Keith Lockhart to chase starter Aaron Cook (0-1). Vazquez scored on Kotsay's slow roller to second, and Lockhart scored when the ball went under Ronnie Belliard's glove and between his legs for an error.

    White homered to left-center with one out to give the Padres a 6-2 lead.

    The Rockies were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 baserunners, nine in the first four innings. They failed to score after loading the bases in both the third and fourth innings.

    Padres starter Oliver Perez lasted only 4 1/3 innings and walked a career-high seven.

    "We had plenty of chances to do some damage early and couldn't get the job done,'' said No. 3 hitter Todd Helton, who went 0-for-4 and stranded four runners in scoring position. "You have to give Perez a lot of credit. He got himself in a lot of trouble, but he also made some good pitches to get out of it, too.''

    Jose Hernandez hit Perez's 99th pitch into the seats in left-center field with one out in the fifth to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead and chase the left-hander. It was Hernandez's third.

    Perez got out of two bases-loaded jams, including in the third when he walked three straight batters with one out and then retired the next two batters. He allowed one run and four hits, and struck out five.

    "Ollie had great stuff,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was just missing with his pitches.''

    San Diego went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth on Vazquez's RBI triple into the Rockies' bullpen in the right-field corner and Kotsay's RBI single to left. Colorado tied it in the sixth on Belliard's single.

    Cook allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings.

    Game notes

    Padres reliever Luther Hackman cut the index finger on his right hand when he caught it on the awning that covers the bench in the bullpen, apparently while loosening up, Bochy said. Hackman won't need stitches. ... Perez has gone five or fewer innings in nine of his 18 career starts, including all three this year. He also walked at least four in 10 of his 18 starts. ... In five career appearances against the Rockies, including four starts, Perez has allowed only three earned runs in 25 innings.

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