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Barfield helps Padres maintain wild-card lead, beat Rockies

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With his first game-winning home run, rookie
Josh Barfield gave the San Diego Padres a boost in the playoff
chase and something to kid his famous father about.

Barfield hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning
to lift the Padres to a 7-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday
night.

The defending NL West champion Padres kept their 1½-game lead
over Philadelphia in the wild-card race and pulled within two games
of Los Angeles in the division.

Barfield, the son of former AL home run champ Jesse Barfield,
homered on a 1-2 pitch from All-Star closer Brian Fuentes, his 12th
homer of the season and first walkoff shot at any level.

"It's nice to get my first one -- Little League, high school,
anything," Barfield said. "You try and do it all the time and it
just never happens.

"Tonight I'm going to call my dad and give him a hard time. I
think I've got one more walkoff to go to catch him."

Barfield finished with four RBI, atoning for an error that
helped the Rockies take the lead in the fifth.

With the Rockies two outs from beating the Padres for the 11th
time in 17th games this year, San Diego rallied against Fuentes
(3-4).

After retiring leadoff batter Russell Branyan, Fuentes walked
Mike Cameron and pinch-hitter Mike Piazza, who was replaced by
pinch-runner Khalil Greene.

"Anytime you walk two batters in the ninth inning of a one-run
ballgame you're in trouble," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
"It's a tough situation to get out of. He's gotten out of it
before. He didn't get out of it tonight."

Barfield fell behind 0-2 on nasty changeups before homering on a
1-2 fastball.

"He's real tough, so if you go up there looking to hit a home
run or something like that, it's not going to happen," Barfield
said.

It was Fuentes' fifth blown save in 28 chances. Rudy Seanez
(1-0) pitched one inning for the win.

"It's frustrating that I didn't get the job done," said
Fuentes, who allowed a run for the second time in 18 games.

"I just couldn't find it," he said of the walks. "I just
didn't make quality pitches."

Fuentes hadn't pitched in a save situation since Aug. 9 at Los
Angeles. His previous eight appearances were in non-save
situations.

Colorado rookie Troy Tulowitzki hit his first career homer, and
Todd Helton had a two-run shot. Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking
two-run double in the fifth.

The starters each lasted five innings. Colorado's Josh Fogg
allowed three runs and seven hits. Woody Williams allowed five
runs, three earned, and five hits.

Williams walked Jamey Carroll leading off the game and Helton
followed with his 14th homer.

San Diego went ahead 3-2 in the third, highlighted by Brian
Giles' 12th homer. Barfield hit an RBI double, and another run
scored when Dave Roberts hit into a double play.

Tulowitzki tied it with his 429-foot shot to straightaway center
field leading off the fifth. He made his big league debut on
Wednesday, got his first hit on Thursday and first RBI on Friday.

Fogg followed with a single. Helton reached with one out when
Barfield, the second baseman, bobbled his grounder for an error.
Holliday gave Colorado a 5-3 lead with his two-out double into the
left-field corner on a full-count pitch from Williams.

Russell Branyan pulled San Diego to 5-4 with two outs in the
sixth, hitting a 430-foot homer into the Padres' bullpen beyond the
fence in left-center off Tom Martin.

Game notes
It was Colorado's second straight road win after snapping a
nine-game road losing streak. ... Last month, the Rockies lost six
straight games, then took two of three from the Padres in Denver.
... The Rockies recalled C J.D. Closser and purchased the contract
of RHP Nate Field from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Field made his
Rockies debut by striking out the first two batters in the seventh,
making him the second Denver-born player in team history. The other
was RHP Mark Knudson, who made four appearances in 1993.