SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rookie Paul McAnulty acted like he'd been there
before, even though he hadn't.
With his parents in the stands, McAnulty hit his first career
homer, a two-run shot with one out in the 11th inning, to lift San
Diego to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night
that kept the Padres within one game of the NL West lead.
McAnulty, a September callup, rounded third and tossed away his
batting helmet before being engulfed in a wild celebration at the
"You get hit pretty hard on the head if you keep it on," said
McAnulty, who hit 19 homers at Triple-A Portland this year. "I was
like, 'OK, throw it off.' I see everyone else do it, so I was like,
'Yay, I get to do it.'"
McAnulty, who made his big league debut last year with the
Padres, had homered before at Petco Park. But it was for Class A
Lake Elsinore against Stockton in 2004, the year the spacious
He hit a 1-0 fastball from Nate Field (0-1) to straightaway center.
It was just the fifth hit of the night for the Padres, who
completed a three-game sweep.
"I knew I hit it good, but it's Petco Park," he said. "I was
just trying to run."
Todd Walker started the winning rally when he doubled into the
right-field corner to bring up McAnulty.
"I put him up there to get a base hit," manager Bruce Bochy
said. "He was my single guy, and he ends up hitting one out."
The Padres have won five straight and seven of eight. On Monday
night, rookie Josh Barfield hit a three-run homer in the ninth to
give San Diego a 7-5 win.
San Diego, trying to win consecutive NL West titles, stayed one
game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division and opened a
three-game lead in the wild-card race, over Philadelphia and
Padres rookie sidearmer Cla Meredith (5-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings
to extend his scoreless innings streak to 29 -- over 25 appearances
-- and break the franchise record for a reliever. Mark Davis set the
old mark of 27 2/3 innings in 1988. The overall franchise record is
30 innings by Randy Jones in 1980.
"The kid's been incredible," Bochy said.
Meredith was nonplussed.
"Let's get one thing straight -- tonight's about what happened
out there with McAnulty and everybody," Meredith said. "Hoffy
went in and did a great job, everybody did. I just so happened to
set a record in all of the hoopla."
Trevor Hoffman got himself into and out of a ninth-inning jam in
a non-save situation, striking out the side to keep the score at
Hoffman, six saves short of breaking Lee Smith's record of 478
saves, allowed Matt Holliday's leadoff single up the middle and
Brad Hawpe's double into the gap in right-center. Hoffman struck
out rookie Troy Tulowitzki on a high changeup before Cory Sullivan
was intentionally walked to load the bases. Hoffman struck out
Chris Iannetta and pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba to end the inning.
"We had some chances, especially a big chance in the ninth, but
we weren't able to convert," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
"Give their pitching staff some credit."
Hensley has allowed one earned run in his last 28 innings.
"It's tough when you have so many chances and don't take
advantage, not even once," Colorado's Todd Helton said. "And our
pitchers hold them down all game and we lose."
It the eighth time in 10 starts that Hensley allowed two or
fewer earned runs. ... The Padres open a 10-game trip on Friday at
San Francisco. The trip concludes with four games at Dodger
Stadium, the last meeting this year between San Diego and Los
Angeles. ... Jake Peavy is scheduled to start the series opener at
San Francisco on Friday night, followed by David Wells on Saturday