DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle made a small
move in hopes of generating some offense. Flip-flopping Brad Hawpe
and Yorvit Torrealba in the batting order paid immediate dividends.
Jamey Carroll singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of
the 10th, one inning after Torrealba had tied the game with a
two-out, two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman, and the Rockies beat the
San Diego Padres 9-8 on Thursday night.
"I had liked the way Yorvit had been swinging the bat," Hurdle
said of the catcher he moved to No. 6 in the lineup. "More
importantly, I liked the way he found ways to drive in runs."
With two outs in the ninth, Todd Helton singled and Torrealba
hit a first-pitch fastball to left to tie the game.
"I was looking fastball all the way against the best closer in
the game," Torrealba said. "I wasn't going to take a pitch and
hope to see another fastball."
"I definitely didn't want to give up a two-run homer there,"
Hoffman said. "You know that if a ball gets elevated here it has a
chance to go out."
It was Hoffman's fourth blown save in 31 chances.
"I got enough of the pitch to get it into the outfield,"
Carroll said. "The rest was up to Freeman."
There was a difference of opinion on the call by home plate
umpire Ted Barrett.
"I had to go up the line to catch the ball," Bowen said. "But
I thought I might have nipped him on the back."
"The ball came in high and he had to come all the way around
his body to tag me," Freeman said. "I made enough of an athletic
move to get around him and touch the plate before the tag."
San Diego's Woody Williams worked into the sixth inning,
allowing five runs and eight hits.
Josh Barfield hit two homers and drove in a career-high four
runs for the Padres. The rookie second baseman was 2-for-5 in his
first multi-homer game.
Colorado's Josh Fogg lasted four innings, allowing six runs,
nine hits and three home runs. He had been unbeaten in his previous
Giles made it 1-0 in the first with an RBI single and Barfield's
sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second, gave
San Diego a 3-0 lead.
Giles homered into the Colorado bullpen with one out in the
third, and in the next inning, Barfield added his second two-run
The first four Rockies reached with hits in the fourth and
Helton singled and Torrealba doubled to make it 6-2. Brad Hawpe's
sacrifice fly cut it to 6-3.
Piazza hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Tom Martin.
In the sixth, Torrealba was hit by a pitch and on a hit-and-run
single by Hawpe, scored from first when Mike Cameron misplayed the
ball in center field. Cla Meredith replaced Williams after a walk
to Cory Sullivan and Colorado added two runs on a groundout by
Carroll and an RBI single by Barmes to make it 8-6.
"What a way to start the series," Hurdle said. "To appear to
get run out of our ballpark for five innings and still be able to
come back and win is something."
Hawpe made a leaping catch against the wall in right to rob
Adrian Gonzalez of a hit. Gonzalez went 0-for-4 and had his 17-game
hitting streak snapped. ... Piazza leads all NL catchers with 16
home runs. ... Cameron struck out four times. ... The Rockies are
6-1 in extra inning games.