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Colorado at San Diego

San Diego
W: C. Meredith (4-1) L: J. Francis (11-11)
S: T. Hoffman (37)
HR: COL - G. Atkins (23), Y. Torrealba (7)   SD - M. Piazza (20)

Meredith, Piazza help Pads move within one game of NL West lead

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres are getting things right these days.

Mike Piazza homered, Cla Meredith extended his scoreless streak to 27 1/3 innings and the San Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Tuesday night to pull within one game of the NL West lead.

"Finally, we're able to get contributions from a lot of different people," Piazza said. "We're doing the things we need to do to win."

San Diego has won four straight and six of seven to close within one game of division-leading Los Angeles. San Diego opened a two-game lead in the wild-card race over Philadelphia, which was rained out. Florida dropped three games back.

With his 417th career homer, Piazza reached the 20-home run mark for the 12th time in 15 major league seasons.

Meredith (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings and is one-third of an inning short of San Diego's club relief record, set by Mark Davis in 1988. Meredith, a sidearming righty, has not surrendered a run in his last 24 appearances.

"He has done an outstanding job," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's pitching his heart out. He's loaded with confidence."

Manny Alexander had two RBI for San Diego, including a run-scoring triple in the sixth that put the Padres ahead 4-3. Alexander, who also had a sacrifice fly, then scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.

"I fell behind every batter," Rockies starter Jeff Francis said of the sixth. "I had to come to them at some point and make a pitch right over the middle, right in the wheelhouse, and (Alexander) took advantage of it."

Pinch-hitter Vinny Castilla, who began the season as the Padres' third baseman, had a run-scoring single in the eighth against Scott Linebrink to cut San Diego's lead to one run.

Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect the ninth for his 37th save in 41 chances. With 473 in his career, he is five shy of matching Lee Smith's record.

Francis (11-11) gave up five runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings as the Rockies lost for the 11th time in their last 12 road games and dropped to 6-22 on the road since the All-Star break.

"Every mistake he made, he paid for, especially in the sixth," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Padres starter Chris Young allowed three runs and six hits in five-plus innings with eight strikeouts.

Garrett Atkins tied the score at 2 with a two-run homer in the third. Brian Giles scored on Ben Johnson's infield out in the fifth to give the Padres a 3-2 lead, but Colorado tied it in the sixth on Yorvit Torrealba's leadoff homer.


  • The Rockies have hit seven homers in their last three games after homering just five times in the previous 10 games.
  • Piazza established the major league record for catchers by hitting 20 or more homers in 10 consecutive seasons (1993-2002).
  • The Padres, 4-1 on the homestand, pulled to .500 at home with a record of 37-37.
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The Pads' Russell Branyan, who finishes 3-for-5, is greeted in the dugout after scoring in the sixth.  (AP)
The Pads' Russell Branyan, who finishes 3-for-5, is greeted in the dugout after scoring in the sixth. (AP)

Players of the Game

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
San Diego

M. Piazza
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Todd Helton, 1B5120020 .301
Garrett Atkins, 3B4112111 .320
Matt Holliday, LF4000102 .328
Brad Hawpe, RF3100111 .294
Yorvit Torrealba, C4111020 .251
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4030000 .292
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3010112 .333
Jeff Francis, P3000022 .105
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   a- Vinny Castilla, PH1011000 .237
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HR - Garrett Atkins (23, C. Young), Yorvit Torrealba (7, C. Young)
RBI - Garrett Atkins 2 (97), Yorvit Torrealba (43), Vinny Castilla (26)
2-OUT RBI - Vinny Castilla (7)
SB - Ryan Spilborghs (5, 2nd base off C. Young/Piazza)
Team LOB - 9
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Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 27, Manuel Corpas 5, Tom Martin 3, Jose Mesa 3
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a-flied out for Johnson in the 6th
b-flied out for Meredith in the 7th
2B - Mike Cameron (30, Francis)
3B - Manny Alexander (1, Francis)
HR - Mike Piazza (20, Francis)
SF - Manny Alexander (1)
RBI - Mike Piazza (60), Ben Johnson (11), Manny Alexander 2 (2), Adrian Gonzalez (65)
Team LOB - 9
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Batters Faced - Chris Young 24, Cla Meredith 7, Scott Linebrink 6, Trevor Hoffman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26456
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Bob Davidson