Colorado at San Diego

San Diego
W: A. Eaton (3-1) L: J. Francis (1-1)
S: T. Hoffman (5)
HR: COL - T. Helton (2)   SD - None

Padres 5, Rockies 4

CBS wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bruce Bochy looked like a genius the way his radical lineup came through. Too bad he had to watch most of the game on a clubhouse TV after getting ejected, although that fired up his team.

Adam Hyzdu, an unlikely leadoff hitter, had a three-run double in the second inning to highlight San Diego's 5-4 win over Colorado on Monday night, the Rockies' sixth straight loss.

Sean Burroughs, the only left-handed batter Bochy started against Rockies lefty Jeff Francis, drove in San Diego's other two runs. Phil Nevin had three hits.

Bochy loaded up his lineup with right-handers against Francis, who held lefties to just .111 (1-for-9) in his four previous starts.

Hyzdu replaced Dave Roberts in the leadoff spot even though he was hitting just .125 coming in. No. 3 batter Brian Giles, batting only .193, was benched in favor of Xavier Nady, who batted sixth. Nevin, normally the cleanup hitter, batted third, and catcher Ramon Hernandez moved to the cleanup spot. Backup catcher Miguel Ojeda made his first big league start in left field in place of Ryan Klesko.

"It's great when those guys get a chance and take advantage of it," Bochy said. "They did that tonight. I just wanted right-handed bats in there, change a little bit, shake it up a little bit. They came through."

The lineup looked odd, but it worked, especially when Francis struggled in the second inning.

With the Padres trailing 2-0, Hernandez walked leading off, Ojeda doubled to left and Nady walked to load the bases. Hernandez scored on Burroughs' groundout. Jesse Garcia was intentionally walked to load the bases again, and pitcher Adam Eaton struck out. Hyzdu then doubled into the left-field corner to give the Padres a 4-2 lead.

"To us here, it wasn't that atypical," Hyzdu said. "As bench players, you're prepared for anything that may come up. Tonight, I was hopefully in a good enough state of mind coming here that I was prepared to be a leadoff hitter tonight."

Francis said he tried to throw an inside fastball, "but the pitch was down the middle and he got it."

Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 398th career save and fifth in seven chances this year. He can become the third reliever in history to reach 400.

With two runners on, Brad Hawpe grounded out on a 3-0 pitch to end it.

Todd Helton hit a solo homer in the third, his second, to pull the Rockies to 4-3. Burroughs singled in Nevin in the third, and Helton had an RBI double in the fifth.

Bochy was tossed in the second for arguing with Charlie Reliford after Francis was called safe on a bases-loaded grounder with one out that forced J.D. Closser at second. It was hard to tell whether Nevin caught the throw from Garcia before his foot came off the bag.

"I think there was a purpose behind what he did today," Nevin said about Bochy getting tossed. "There's a difference without him in the dugout, but it was no coincidence we had a big inning the next inning."

Francis' grounder brought in one run, and another scored on Eaton's wild pitch.

Eaton (3-1) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, struck out four and walked four. Francis (1-1) also went six, allowing five runs and seven hits, with five strikeouts and four walks.

"I had trouble getting the ball down," Francis said about the second inning. "My arm felt a little heavy tonight. You go through that sometimes during the year."


Rockies CF Preston Wilson left with a strained groin in the sixth. ... The crowd of 20,966 was the smallest in two seasons at Petco Park. The smallest was 24,079 on April 28, 2004, against Montreal. ... Ojeda has three extra-base hits in two games. He doubled and tripled in Sunday's loss to Arizona, when he started at catcher. ... Bench coach Tony Muser, a former manager with Kansas City, took over after Bochy was ejected. ... The Rockies are 1-11 on the road. Dating to last season, they've dropped 20 of 22 away from Coors Field.

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Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Hyzdu
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

T. Helton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Game Information
Attendance - 20966
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Third Base - Greg Gibson