National League Game Summary - San Diego at Colorado|
(Sunday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Colorado 11, San Diego 10
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Chris Nelson smashed the go-ahead, three-run
homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies rallied for
an 11-10 victory over the San Diego Padres in the finale of a three-game
series at Coors Field.
Ramon Hernandez and Tyler Colvin each hit two-run homer, while Jordan Pacheco
went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Dexter Fowler had a pair of RBI singles among
his three hits for the Rockies, who won the final two games of this series.
"It's very exciting," Nelson said. "These are the things you dream about as a
kid. I was thinking about it in the on-deck circle, but for it to actually
come true is pretty special."
Guillermo Moscoso (1-1) got the win after getting Chris Denorfia to line out
for the last out of the seventh inning behind starter Jeff Francis, who lasted
just 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits. Rafael
Betancourt allowed three hits and a run in the ninth, but closed it out for
his 27th save.
Chase Headley went 4-for-5 with a career-high six RBI and Alexi Amarista
finished 5-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Padres, who have
lost three of their last five.
Brad Brach (1-4) took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in one
inning of relief behind starter Casey Kelly, who surrendered seven runs --
five earned -- on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
"I was trying to throw a slider down and away, out of the zone," Brach said.
"I just left it up and he put a good swing on it and hit it out."
Trailing, 9-7, the Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Carlos
Gonzalez was plunked by Tom Layne to start the inning and Pacheco singled up
the middle. Brach came on in relief of Layne, but served up a middle-in
fastball to Nelson, who crushed it over the wall in straightaway center field
to make it 10-9.
Fowler singled in Charlie Blackmon, who walked, to extend the lead to 11-9
after eight frames.
Cameron Maybin hit a two-out single off Betancourt in the ninth and went to
second on defensive indifference prior to scoring on a hit by Amarista to cut
the deficit to one. Pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled, but Betancourt got
Denorfia to ground out, ending the game.
Earlier, San Diego opened the scoring with a pair of runs in its first at-bat
courtesy of a two-run shot to left by Headley.
Headley struck again for the Padres in the third with an RBI single to make it
3-0, but the Rockies erupted for seven runs in the home third to take a
Jonathan Herrera started the inning with a free pass and moved into scoring
position on sacrifice bunt by Francis before crossing the plate on a single to
center by Fowler.
Gonzalez doubled two batters later to put runners on second and third and
Pacheco laced a two-bagger down the line in left to plate Josh Rutledge and
Gonzalez, tying the game at three. Colvin followed with a towering two-run
bomb to right.
Nelson reached on an error by Amarista and Hernandez made the Padres pay for
their defensive shakiness as he capped the huge inning with the second two-run
homer of the inning to make it 7-3.
The Padres began their comeback with three runs in the fourth inning.
Maybin started the inning with a single and Amarista doubled before Denorfia
brought home Maybin with a single. Headley knocked in two more runs later in
San Diego added two more runs in the sixth to take the lead. Amarista was
again the offensive catalyst as he started the frame with a double and scored
on a base hit by Logan Forsythe. Headley smacked a base hit into left to bring
in Forsythe to make it an 8-7 game.
Amarista singled home Yasmani Grandal in the seventh to extend the lead to
Prior to Sunday's game, the Rockies reinstated pitcher Edgmer Escalona from
the 15-day disabled list ... It was Kelly's second major league start. In his
debut, he threw six shutout innings and got the win on August 27 against the
Atlanta Braves ... Colorado went 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position and
left six on base, while the Padres finished 7-for-19 with RISP and stranded
09/02 21:03:26 ET