Padres rally to beat Rockies, take two of three in series
SAN DIEGO ” The San Diego Padres have reined in the visiting Colorado Rockies.
Mark Bellhorn doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and the Padres rallied to beat Colorado 3-2 on just four hits Wednesday, only their sixth win in 15 games.
The Padres won the final two games of the three-game series. The Rockies dominated the first four games against the Padres at Petco Park this year, winning by a combined 37-12 and hitting 11 home runs.
On Tuesday night, San Diego’s Chris Young took a no-hitter into the eighth before allowing a leadoff double to Brad Hawpe. Trevor Hoffman finished the combined two-hitter and the Padres won 2-0.
On Wednesday, Colorado’s Jeff Francis (3-5) held the Padres to one hit through five innings and was leading 2-0 thanks to Todd Helton’s fourth-inning homer.
That changed in the sixth.
Rob Bowen, pinch-hitting for Clay Hensley (4-3), drew a leadoff walk and advanced on Eric Young’s bunt single down the third-base line. Francis struck out Mike Cameron and retired Brian Giles on a fly to left before the pivotal play occurred.
Josh Bard singled to left, which brought in Bowen. Matt Holliday tried to short-hop the ball, which went under his glove for an error and allowed Young to score the tying run from first. The Rockies came into the game leading the majors in fielding percentage in May. It was just their seventh error in the month.
Bellhorn then doubled to right-center to score Bard and chase Francis.
The Rockies had runners on first and third with one out in the eighth before Scott Linebrink squelched the rally. Helton drew a leadoff walk and reached third on Garrett Atkins’ single to left. Linebrink struck out Hawpe and got J.D. Closser to fly out to left.
Hoffman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances and the 447th of his career. He trails all-time leader Lee Smith by 31.
Helton homered to right, his fourth, off Hensley for a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Rookie Ryan Spilborghs was aboard on a leadoff walk.
Hensley allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.
Francis struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings to tie his season high. He allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits, with two walks.
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