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Barfield homers for Padres in thrilling win over Rockies

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SAN DIEGO -- With his first game-winning home run, rookie Josh Barfield gave the San Diego Padres a boost in the playoff chase and something to kid his famous father about.

Barfield hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Padres to a 7-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

The defending NL West champion Padres kept their 1½-game lead over Philadelphia in the wild-card race and pulled within two games of Los Angeles in the division.

Barfield, the son of former AL home run champ Jesse Barfield, homered on a 1-2 pitch from All-Star closer Brian Fuentes, his 12th homer of the season and first walkoff shot at any level.

"It's nice to get my first one -- Little League, high school, anything," Barfield said. "You try and do it all the time and it just never happens.

"Tonight I'm going to call my dad and give him a hard time. I think I've got one more walkoff to go to catch him."

Barfield finished with four RBI, atoning for an error that helped the Rockies take the lead in the fifth.

With the Rockies two outs from beating the Padres for the 11th time in 17th games this year, San Diego rallied against Fuentes (3-4).

After retiring leadoff batter Russell Branyan, Fuentes walked Mike Cameron and pinch-hitter Mike Piazza, who was replaced by pinch-runner Khalil Greene.

"Anytime you walk two batters in the ninth inning of a one-run ballgame you're in trouble," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's a tough situation to get out of. He's gotten out of it before. He didn't get out of it tonight."

Barfield fell behind 0-2 on nasty changeups before homering on a 1-2 fastball.

"He's real tough, so if you go up there looking to hit a home run or something like that, it's not going to happen," Barfield said.

It was Fuentes' fifth blown save in 28 chances. Rudy Seanez (1-0) pitched one inning for the win.

"It's frustrating that I didn't get the job done," said Fuentes, who allowed a run for the second time in 18 games.

"I just couldn't find it," he said of the walks. "I just didn't make quality pitches."

Fuentes hadn't pitched in a save situation since Aug. 9 at Los Angeles. His previous eight appearances were in non-save situations.

Colorado rookie Troy Tulowitzki hit his first career homer, and Todd Helton had a two-run shot. Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth.

The starters each lasted five innings. Colorado's Josh Fogg allowed three runs and seven hits. Woody Williams allowed five runs, three earned, and five hits.

Williams walked Jamey Carroll leading off the game and Helton followed with his 14th homer.

San Diego went ahead 3-2 in the third, highlighted by Brian Giles' 12th homer. Barfield hit an RBI double, and another run scored when Dave Roberts hit into a double play.

Tulowitzki tied it with his 429-foot shot to straightaway center field leading off the fifth. He made his big league debut on Wednesday, got his first hit on Thursday and first RBI on Friday.

Fogg followed with a single. Helton reached with one out when Barfield, the second baseman, bobbled his grounder for an error. Holliday gave Colorado a 5-3 lead with his two-out double into the left-field corner on a full-count pitch from Williams.

Russell Branyan pulled San Diego to 5-4 with two outs in the sixth, hitting a 430-foot homer into the Padres' bullpen beyond the fence in left-center off Tom Martin.

Notes

  • It was Colorado's second straight road win after snapping a nine-game road losing streak.
  • Last month, the Rockies lost six straight games, then took two of three from the Padres in Denver.
  • The Rockies recalled C J.D. Closser and purchased the contract of RHP Nate Field from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Field made his Rockies debut by striking out the first two batters in the seventh, making him the second Denver-born player in team history. The other was RHP Mark Knudson, who made four appearances in 1993.
 
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Josh Barfield can't hold back his smile as he trots home after a three-run walk-off home run.  (AP)
Josh Barfield can't hold back his smile as he trots home after a three-run walk-off home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Barfield
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B2100100 .291
Todd Helton, 1B4212000 .300
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000012 .320
Matt Holliday, LF4022000 .331
Brad Hawpe, RF3000101 .296
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000011 .251
Cory Sullivan, CF4000002 .275
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4121010 .333
Josh Fogg, P2110000 .093
   a- Choo Freeman, PH1000011 .250
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
    Nate Field, P0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Clint Barmes, PH1000010 .225
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals33565257 
a-struck out for Fogg in the 6th
b-struck out for Affeldt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (39, Williams)
HR - Todd Helton (14, Williams), Troy Tulowitzki (1, Williams)
SH - Jamey Carroll (8)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (65), Matt Holliday 2 (85), Troy Tulowitzki (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (23)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton, Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Troy Tulowitzki (1, )
Colorado Rockies
Josh Fogg 5733031 5.36
Tom Martin (H,8) 1111011 4.39
Nate Field (H,1) 0.2000020 0.00
Ray King (H,13) 0.1000000 3.76
Jeremy Affeldt (H,3) 1000010 5.95
Brian Fuentes (BS,5; L,3-4) 0.1133201 3.62
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 85-54, Tom Martin 22-12, Nate Field 11-6, Ray King 4-3, Jeremy Affeldt 11-8, Brian Fuentes 25-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 7-3, Tom Martin 3-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 20, Tom Martin 5, Nate Field 2, Ray King 1, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Brian Fuentes 4
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF4000001 .308
Brian Giles, RF4111011 .268
Todd Walker, 1B4000010 .281
Josh Bard, C4010010 .321
Russell Branyan, 3B4121000 .223
Mike Cameron, CF3100112 .267
Geoff Blum, SS3110012 .253
   a- Mike Piazza, PH0000100 .282
    Khalil Greene, PR0100000 .247
Josh Barfield, 2B4224010 .284
Woody Williams, P1010000 .146
   b- Terrmel Sledge, PH1010000 .239
    Jon Adkins, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Bellhorn, PH1000010 .189
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
Totals33796276 
a-walked for Blum in the 9th
b-doubled for Williams in the 5th
c-struck out for Adkins in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Barfield (28, Fogg), Terrmel Sledge (3, Fogg)
HR - Brian Giles (12, Fogg), Russell Branyan (15, Martin), Josh Barfield (12, Fuentes)
RBI - Brian Giles (67), Russell Branyan (32), Josh Barfield 4 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Giles (30), Russell Branyan (15)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Josh Barfield (9, )
San Diego Padres
Woody Williams 5553202 3.91
Jon Adkins 2100030 3.31
Doug Brocail 1000000 4.91
Rudy Seanez (W,3-1) 1000020 4.62
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 91-60, Jon Adkins 23-19, Doug Brocail 16-12, Rudy Seanez 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 8-8, Jon Adkins 1-2, Doug Brocail 1-2, Rudy Seanez 1-0
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 23, Jon Adkins 7, Doug Brocail 3, Rudy Seanez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35722
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne