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Sizzling Hawpe, Rockies cut Padres' lead in wild card with win

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SAN DIEGO -- Brad Hawpe is providing the power for the Rockies' late-season surge, and with a week to go has Colorado on the brink of a franchise record for wins.

Not to mention a chance to make the playoffs.

Hawpe drove in two runs and the Rockies matched a season high with their seventh straight victory, closing on the wild card-leading San Diego Padres with a 6-2 win Saturday night.

The Rockies climbed within 2½ games of the Padres, who now find themselves trying to fend off a stiff challenge out of the NL East. The second-place Philadelphia Phillies are within a half-game of San Diego after beating Washington 4-1 in 10 innings.

Colorado (83-72) is chasing only its second postseason berth in the club's 17-year history.

"This has been about as good as it's been for us since most of us have been here with the Rockies," Hawpe said. "It's been our best chance so far. It's been our best team. We've done well but we have a lot of work left."

Hawpe matched his career high with four hits one night after hitting the go-ahead home run in the 14th inning of a 2-1 win over the Padres. Hawpe, who also walked, is 10-for-18 with nine RBI in his last four games.

The Padres, who have lost two straight after a seven-game winning streak, dropped 2½ games behind NL West-leading Arizona, a 6-2 winner over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

San Diego rookie Jack Cassel (1-1) lasted just 2 1/3 innings. The Rockies' Mark Redman took a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning but could only get one out before he was lifted.

Four Colorado relievers combined to give up one hit in 4 2/3 innings. Rookie Ryan Speier (2-1) got the win, striking out three of the five batters he faced.

Speier escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth to preserve Colorado's 3-2 lead.

"If there was a save out there tonight, Speier would have gotten it," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "It was a big shot in the arm for us right there in the middle of the game."

Hawpe put Colorado ahead in the first when he doubled in Troy Tulowitzki, who singled with one out and went to second on Todd Helton's walk.

Kaz Matsui and Tulowitzki singled to open the third. After Mike Cameron made a leaping catch of Helton's fly ball to center field, Garrett Atkins hit a run-scoring single and knocked Cassel out of the game.

Justin Hampson replaced Cassel and gave up Hawpe's RBI single to put Colorado ahead 3-0. Hampson got out of the jam by striking out the next two batters.

"You look at their everyday lineup and they've got some guys who are coming of age," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Hawpe is right in the mix of young Rockies who have played well down the stretch.

"He's got a history of doing this," Hurdle said. "There are stretches where he can hit just about everything thrown up there."

Redman had allowed just one single in four innings before Khalil Greene led off the fifth with his 24th home run. With one out, Redman allowed a double to Josh Bard and Marcus Giles' single before he walked pinch hitter Morgan Ensberg to load the bases.

Redman than walked Brian Giles on a 3-1 count to force in a run and cut the lead to 3-2. Speier came in and struck out Cameron and retired pinch-hitter Scott Hairston on a pop fly.

"It was a huge win for us," Speier said. "To get the ball in that situation was amazing for me."

Helton added an RBI single in the seventh off Joe Thatcher to put the Rockies ahead 4-2. The Rockies scored two more in the eighth when center fielder Cameron dropped pinch-hitter Joe Koshansky's long fly ball.

Redman allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings, with three strikeouts and two walks. Cassel gave up three runs and six hits.

Notes

  • Rockies LF Matt Holliday sat out with a strained left oblique.
  • Hairston pinch-hit for the switch-hitting Milton Bradley in the fifth, after the Rockies brought in the right-handed Speier. Bradley, who returned to the lineup Friday from a strained right oblique, is still unable to bat left-handed without pain.
 
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Brad Hawpe continues to absolutely crush the ball, going a perfect 4-for-4 to lead the Rockies.  (AP)
Brad Hawpe continues to absolutely crush the ball, going a perfect 4-for-4 to lead the Rockies. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
San Diego

J. Bard
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B4110001 .292
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5220001 .292
Todd Helton, 1B3011202 .316
Garrett Atkins, 3B5021003 .293
    Jamey Carroll, PR-3B0000000 .220
Brad Hawpe, RF4042100 .286
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4100026 .294
Yorvit Torrealba, C5000018 .258
Cory Sullivan, CF4110002 .307
Mark Redman, P2000001 .000
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1110000 .500
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Koshansky, PH1000000 .100
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals38612433  
a-singled for Speier in the 7th
b-flied out for Julio in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (29, Cassel)
SH - Kaz Matsui (7)
RBI - Todd Helton (83), Garrett Atkins (104), Brad Hawpe 2 (105)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (45), Brad Hawpe (62)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Matsui-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Mark Redman 4.1422231 8.67
Ryan Speier (W,2-1) 1.2000030 4.70
Jorge Julio (H,16) 1000000 5.04
Brian Fuentes 1000010 3.07
Manuel Corpas 1100100 1.85
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 64-38, Ryan Speier 18-13, Jorge Julio 16-8, Brian Fuentes 16-10, Manuel Corpas 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 5-5, Jorge Julio 1-2, Brian Fuentes 1-1, Manuel Corpas 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 19, Ryan Speier 5, Jorge Julio 3, Brian Fuentes 3, Manuel Corpas 4
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF3001111 .273
Mike Cameron, CF4000023 .243
Milton Bradley, LF2000000 .302
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-LF2000003 .250
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000110 .276
Khalil Greene, SS4111021 .253
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4010000 .270
Josh Bard, C4120001 .275
Marcus Giles, 2B2010000 .231
   b- Geoff Blum, PH-2B1000000 .248
Jack Cassel, P0000000 .000
    Justin Hampson, P1000011 .000
   c- Morgan Ensberg, PH0000100 .233
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   d- Brian Myrow, PH1000000 .200
    Justin Germano, P0000000 .156
Totals3125237  
a-popped out for Bradley in the 5th
b-flied out for Giles in the 7th
c-walked for Hampson in the 5th
d-lined out for Thatcher in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Bard (23, Redman)
HR - Khalil Greene (24, Redman)
RBI - Brian Giles (44), Khalil Greene (88)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Milton Bradley 1
E - Mike Cameron (5, Dropped fly)
San Diego Padres
Jack Cassel (L,1-1) 2.1633100 4.00
Justin Hampson 2.2100020 2.66
Kevin Cameron 1.2211000 2.43
Joe Thatcher 0.1100000 1.10
Justin Germano 2220210 4.49
HBP - Spilborghs (by Justin Germano)
Pitches-Strikes - Jack Cassel 57-35, Justin Hampson 36-24, Kevin Cameron 21-12, Joe Thatcher 8-6, Justin Germano 54-32
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jack Cassel 3-3, Justin Hampson 3-3, Kevin Cameron 2-3, Justin Germano 5-1
Batters Faced - Jack Cassel 13, Justin Hampson 9, Kevin Cameron 7, Joe Thatcher 2, Justin Germano 12
Game Information
Attendance - 35020
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Bruce Froemming