Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 3

Colorado won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, May 31
San Diego1
Game 2: Tuesday, June 1
San Diego1
Game 3: Wednesday, June 2
in 10
San Diego2

Rockies 1

(20-32, 8-19 away)

Padres 2

(29-24, 14-11 home)

    3:35 PM ET, June 2, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    W: T. Hoffman (1-0)

    L: B. Fuentes (1-2)

    Payton singles, drives in winning run

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jay Payton's clutch hit came a few innings too late to get Brian Lawrence what would have been a well-earned win.

    Payton hit an RBI single past the glove of diving second baseman Aaron Miles with two outs in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres beat Colorado 2-1 Wednesday to avoid being swept in consecutive home series.

    Lawrence, San Diego's top starter, used his sinker to hold the Rockies to one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, buying the Padres some time before their struggling offense finally did something.

    Although he was on track to join Roger Clemens as the only eight-game winners in the NL, Lawrence wasn't disappointed at not getting the decision.

    "It's only a matter of time before these guys really turn it on and everything starts clicking," Lawrence said. "They're way too good to be held down like this day after day. We're not going to worry about it."

    Closer Trevor Hoffman (1-0) struck out two in pitching a perfect 10th.

    The Padres, who were outscored 14-2 in two straight losses to the Rockies, started their winning rally when Brian Fuentes (1-2) grazed leadoff batter Sean Burroughs with a 2-2 pitch.

    Burroughs advanced on Mark Loretta's sacrifice and Brian Giles' groundout before scoring on Payton's hit into right field off Vladimir Nunez, who came in during a double-switch after cleanup hitter Phil Nevin was intentionally walked.

    Nunez hadn't pitched in three days.

    "You have to make pitches at this level," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "You have to get outs at this level. He didn't."

    Payton played for the Rockies last year.

    "Clint does those things over there, probably a little strategy, thinking I might get a little too fired up and try to do too much," Payton said. "He had a reason and a plan for what he did, but fortunately I was able to get the hit.

    "I've been feeling good at the plate. I just didn't want to do too much, just let the ball get deep and try to put good wood on it."

    Lawrence's teammates gave him just a 1-0 lead through six innings despite having three great scoring opportunities.

    Lawrence made way for Akinori Otsuka with the score tied at 1 after allowing Charles Johnson's double with one out in the eighth. It was Johnson's sixth double of the series, and he was stranded as Otsuka retired the next two batters.

    Lawrence allowed a run only after Royce Clayton's fly ball fell in just fair along the right-field line for a double leading off the seventh. Clayton eventually tied the game on Vinny Castilla's sacrifice fly.

    One start after striking out a career-high 10 in a win at Milwaukee, Lawrence struck out one and walked none. He got 17 groundball outs and faced just two over the minimum through seven.

    "I didn't have my fabulous slider today like I did last game, but I was able to throw my sinker 95 percent of the time and get ground balls," Lawrence said. "I moved it in and out and keep it down, and got my defense working for me."

    The Padres were swept at Petco Park by the Chicago Cubs May 14-16, then went 7-5 on their longest road trip of the season. They returned home only to lose two straight to the Rockies.

    "I think the boys were tired," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It took a clutch hit, which is sometimes hard when guys are pressing a little bit."

    But the pitching was in good shape.

    "We were sitting pretty good because of Lawrence's effort getting us deep in the game," Bochy said.

    Otsuka had another big outing, with four strikeouts in 1 2-3 innings. After allowing Miles' leadoff single in the ninth, Otsuka struck out the side.

    The Padres went ahead 1-0 in the sixth after loading the bases for the second time against Shawn Estes. Phil Nevin hit a leadoff double, Payton walked and Xavier Nady reached on a throwing error by third baseman Vinny Castilla. Ramon Hernandez hit into a double play, bringing in Nevin.

    Nady, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Portland, fell right into the offensive rut that's been plaguing his teammates in their new downtown ballpark.

    Nady struck out with the bases loaded to end the first inning, then grounded weakly to second to end the third with runners on first and third.

    Game notes

    Burroughs extended his hitting streak to 14 games. ... Payton extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Giles hit into three of the Padres' four double plays. ... This was the first of just two midweek day games at Petco Park this season. The Padres cut back on midweek day games because of concerns about parking and traffic.

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