Originally created 06/03/04

Padres crack Rockies in10 innings

SAN DIEGO -- Jay Payton hit an RBI single past the glove of diving second baseman Aaron Miles with two outs in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres beat Colorado 2-1 Wednesday to avoid being swept in consecutive home series.

The Padres started their winning rally when Brian Fuentes (1-2) grazed leadoff batter Sean Burroughs with a 2-2 pitch. Burroughs advanced on Mark Loretta's sacrifice and Brian Giles' groundout before scoring on Payton's hit into right field off Vladimir Nunez, who came in during a double-switch.

Padres closer Trevor Hoffman (1-0) came on with the score tied at 1 and pitched a perfect 10th, with two strikeouts.

The Padres were swept at Petco Park by the Chicago Cubs May 14-16, then went 7-5 on their longest road trip of the season. They returned home only to lose consecutive games to the Rockies by identical 7-1 scores.

Padres right-hander Brian Lawrence was on track to join Houston's Roger Clemens as the NL's only eight-game winners, but San Diego's weak offense gave him just a 1-0 lead through six innings despite having three great scoring opportunities.

Lawrence made way for Akinori Otsuka with the score tied at 1 after allowing Charles Johnson's double with one out in the eighth. It was Johnson's sixth double of the series, and he was stranded as Otsuka retired the next two batters. Lawrence held the Rockies to five hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out one and walked none.

Otsuka had another big outing, with four strikeouts in 1 2-3 innings. After allowing Miles' leadoff single in the ninth, Otsuka struck out the side.

The Padres went ahead 1-0 in the sixth after loading the bases for the second time against Shawn Estes. Phil Nevin hit a leadoff double, Payton walked and Xavier Nady reached on a throwing error by third baseman Vinny Castilla.

Castilla fielded Nady's bunt and turned to throw to third, but no one was covering. His throw to first was wide. Ramon Hernandez hit into a double play, bringing in Nevin.

The Rockies tied it in the seventh when Castilla's sacrifice fly brought in Royce Clayton, who hit a leadoff double down right-field line and advanced on Todd Helton's groundout.

Nady, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Portland, fell right into the offensive rut that's been plaguing his teammates in their new downtown ballpark.

Nady struck out with the bases loaded to end the first inning, then grounded weakly to second to end the third with runners on first and third.

San Diego's Sean Burroughs extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Notes: Padres OF Brian Buchanan was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his side. The move was retroactive to Saturday. ... Payton extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Giles hit into three of the Padres' four double plays. ... This was the first of just two midweek day games at Petco Park this season. The Padres cut back on midweek day games because of concerns about parking and traffic.


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