SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres sure didn't look like a first-place team on Tuesday night.
Catcher Miguel Olivo committed two critical errors and the NL West-leading Padres walked 10 as they lost 6-5 to the last-place Colorado Rockies. Colorado's Todd Helton reached base five times and scored twice.
The Padres (68-69) again dropped below .500, making this the latest in a season a team has led a division with a losing record.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a couple innings there, and that was the difference in the ballgame," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We fought hard to try to get back to winning the game, and came close, but bottom line is we didn't play well tonight."
But the Padres remained five games ahead of San Francisco, which lost 4-2 to Los Angeles in 12 innings.
Olivo committed a pair of two-base errors in the seventh that allowed the Rockies to score two unearned runs and take a 6-0 lead. San Diego then rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh before pulling to 6-5 in the eighth. San Diego's Mark Loretta had four hits and two RBI.
Rockies closer Brian Fuentes walked two batters with two out in the ninth to load the bases before striking out Khalil Greene to earn his 26th save in 29 chances.
The last-place Rockies, coming off a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have won three of four games in San Diego since Aug. 26. Each team committed three errors.
Cory Sullivan drew a leadoff walk in the Rockies' seventh and took third on Olivo's errant pickoff throw that skipped past first baseman Robert Fick and into the right field corner. Helton walked, and Matt Holliday hit a sacrifice fly to left. Ryan Klesko's throw home was up the first-base line. After Olivo fielded it, he turned toward home, then, inexplicably, instead of throwing the ball back to the pitcher, flipped it to a bat boy near the Padres' dugout. Helton was waved in from second base.
Olivo wasn't at his locker when the clubhouse was opened to reporters.
Bochy, a former big league catcher, wasn't able to explain Olivo's actions.
"I guess he thought the play was dead and he was throwing the ball out," Bochy said. "I don't know why. I think we were probably as surprised as anybody.
"He just didn't call time out before he threw the ball away. You have to, and it's something he'll learn from, but that inning he made a couple of mistakes there that cost us a couple of runs."
The Padres pulled to 6-4 in their half of the inning before Eric Young struck out on a checked swing with runners on first and third. The Rockies committed two errors in the inning. Loretta hit a two-run, bases-loaded single, Dave Roberts had an RBI single and pinch-hitter Ben Johnson had an RBI grounder.
Joe Randa led off the Padres' eighth with a triple to the gap in right-center and scored on Greene's sacrifice fly.
Helton, who's hitting .452 against San Diego this year, had three hits, two walks and drove in a run. Right-hander Aaron Cook (4-1) won his fourth straight decision. He allowed six hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings.
"We didn't play our best," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We wobbled out of the bullpen, we got six runs on six hits and 10 walks, which probably wasn't very artistic from an offensive standpoint, but we played better than the other team tonight."
The Rockies had two two-out rallies against Chan Ho Park (4-2), whose three-game winning streak ended.
Helton doubled with two outs in the first to start a three-run rally. Park walked Holliday and Brad Hawpe to load the bases before Garrett Atkins hit a two-run, broken-bat blooper that fell in between shortstop Greene and second baseman Loretta. Luis Gonzalez drove in the third run when he reached on an infield single to shortstop.
Park struck out the first two batters in the fourth, then walked Clint Barmes, who took third on Cory Sullivan's single to right and scored on Helton's single to right.
Park allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, struck out five and walked four.
Padres ace Jake Peavy had his sore right shoulder examined on Tuesday. He's due to pitch in the bullpen on Thursday and then be re-evaluated. He's currently scheduled to start at Los Angeles on Saturday. ... Rancho Buena Vista, which finished third in the Little League World Series, was honored before the game. Padres owner John Moores gave the players gloves embroidered with their names.
|Players of the Game|
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|Clint Barmes, SS||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||.316|
|Cory Sullivan, CF||3||1||1||0||2||0||0||.275|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||2||3||1||2||0||0||.309|
|Matt Holliday, LF||2||1||0||1||2||1||3||.308|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||3||1||0||0||2||3||3||.296|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||5||0||1||2||0||0||2||.282|
|Luis Gonzalez, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.284|
|Danny Ardoin, C||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||.230|
|Aaron Cook, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.133|
|Scott Dohmann, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randall Williams, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Cortes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jorge Piedra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.292|
|Mike DeJean, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Cortes in the 8th|
|2B - Todd Helton (35, Park)|
|SF - Matt Holliday (3)|
|SH - Danny Ardoin (3)|
|RBI - Todd Helton (62), Matt Holliday (59), Garrett Atkins 2 (67), Luis Gonzalez (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (21), Garrett Atkins 2 (32), Luis Gonzalez (12)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Atkins-Gonzalez-Helton, Atkins-Gonzalez-Helton|
|E - Garrett Atkins (18, Misplayed grounder), Clint Barmes (13, Misplayed grounder), Matt Holliday (4, Misplayed batted ball)|
|Aaron Cook (W,4-1)||6||6||2||1||1||0||0||3.47|
|Randall Williams (H,4)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||7.71|
|David Cortes (H,4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.40|
|Mike DeJean (H,16)||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||4.75|
|Brian Fuentes (S,26)||1||1||0||0||2||2||0||2.55|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 83-48, Scott Dohmann 13-7, Randall Williams 10-5, David Cortes 3-3, Mike DeJean 19-9, Brian Fuentes 26-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 15-3, Randall Williams 1-0, Brian Fuentes 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 25, Scott Dohmann 4, Randall Williams 2, David Cortes 1, Mike DeJean 5, Brian Fuentes 6|
|San Diego Padres|
|Dave Roberts, CF||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.267|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||5||0||4||2||0||0||1||.297|
|Damian Jackson, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Robert Fick, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.294|
|a- Ben Johnson, PH-LF||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.257|
|Brian Giles, RF||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.302|
|Ryan Klesko, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.252|
|b- Eric Young, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.274|
|Scott Cassidy, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Breslow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Xavier Nady, 1B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Joe Randa, 3B||4||2||2||0||1||0||0||.278|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.257|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.213|
|Chan Ho Park, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|c- Paul McAnulty, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Chris Oxspring, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Mark Sweeney, PH-1B||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||.319|
|Manny Alexander, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rudy Seanez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Fick in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Klesko in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for Park in the 5th|
|d-walked for Oxspring in the 7th|
|3B - Joe Randa (2, DeJean)|
|SF - Khalil Greene (4)|
|SH - Ben Johnson (1)|
|RBI - Dave Roberts (36), Mark Loretta 2 (30), Ben Johnson (10), Khalil Greene (54)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Greene-Loretta-Fick, Greene-Loretta-Nady|
|E - Khalil Greene (11, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Olivo 2 (9, Wild throw)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Chan Ho Park (L,12-7)||5||6||4||4||4||5||0||5.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chan Ho Park 104-59, Chris Oxspring 37-17, Scott Cassidy 11-7, Craig Breslow 14-6, Rudy Seanez 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chan Ho Park 4-6, Chris Oxspring 2-2, Scott Cassidy 2-2, Rudy Seanez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chan Ho Park 25, Chris Oxspring 8, Scott Cassidy 4, Craig Breslow 2, Rudy Seanez 3|
|Attendance - 26483|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|