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Padres take two of three from NL wild-card leading Rockies

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SAN DIEGO -- Despite dropping two of three games to San Diego, the Colorado Rockies like their position in the National League playoff chase.

Tony Gwynn drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in a three-run sixth inning and the Padres beat the wild card-leading Rockies 7-3 on Sunday.

The Rockies open a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday against the Giants, who pulled to 4½ games back in the wild-card race after beating the Dodgers.

"I think that where we are going, it's probably the best thing in the world for us," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "To get into that environment and realize that we're staring at the people that have a chance to track you down and go get them."

The Rockies remained three games behind the Dodgers in the West with 18 games left to play.

"We get an opportunity to do some really good things over the course of the next few days," Tracy said. "I think you look at it as a positive."

Colorado carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth when the Padres scored three runs. Jason Marquis (15-11) walked four batters in the inning, including one with the bases loaded.

"I didn't get an out when I needed to," Marquis said. "I'm disappointed I couldn't keep the game in check."

The Rockies are the latest division contender to be surprised by San Diego (64-79).

In three consecutive series, the Padres have taken two of three games from the Dodgers, San Francisco and Colorado.

"These are teams that are fighting to get in the playoffs," San Diego's Chase Headley said. "That's where we want to be. For us to get to that level, we have to beat those teams and get to that level."

Said Padres manager Bud Black: "We try and view this as a measuring stick of going up against these teams that are competing for a playoff spot, and our guys are responding."

Marquis, who was trying for his career-high 16th victory, gave up Adrian Gonzalez's leadoff double in the sixth, then walked Headley. Rookie Will Venable reached on a fielder's choice when Gonzalez got tagged out in a rundown on Venable's grounder. Rookie Drew Macias was walked intentionally to load the bases.

Nick Hundley's infield single to short brought in the tying run and Gwynn followed with a sacrifice fly to put San Diego ahead 4-3. Marquis then issued back-to-back walks to pinch-hitter Oscar Salazar and rookie Everth Cabrera to force in another run.

"I just got away from what I do best and that's sinking the ball on both sides of the plate," Marquis said. "I used my cutter a little too much today."

Colorado lost Saturday night 3-2 when Hundley drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning off Franklin Morales.

Adam Russell (1-0) picked up the victory with one inning of scoreless relief as five San Diego pitchers combined on five-hitter.

Marquis allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander had won his two previous starts against San Diego this season, allowing only one run on 11 hits in 16 innings.

Venable hit a solo home run, his 11th, in the second before the Rockies came back with three runs in the fourth.

After Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki walked to lead off the fourth, rookie Clayton Richard gave up a triple to Garrett Atkins. Ryan Spilborghs then grounded out to score Atkins for a 3-1 lead.

San Diego added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez. Headley had a sacrifice fly in the seventh and a ninth-inning RBI single.

Richard lasted five innings, giving up three runs on three hits. The lefty walked three and tied his career high with eight strikeouts, including the last five batters he faced.

Notes:

  • San Diego has won 11 of its past 14 series since July 28 with a record of 27-17.
  • Marquis was the first Colorado starter to allow more than three runs in the last seven games.
  • Before pitching the ninth inning, San Diego's Luis Perdomo had appeared in 19 consecutive losses since May 16.
 
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Tony Gwynn puts San Diego ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.  (AP)
Tony Gwynn puts San Diego ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5000021 .265
Seth Smith, LF4010010 .311
Todd Helton, 1B1110300 .324
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2120200 .284
Garrett Atkins, 3B3112024 .226
   a- Jason Giambi, PH0000100 .198
    Mike McCoy, PR0000000 .000
    Jhoulys Chacin, P0000000 .000
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3001012 .245
    Juan Rincon, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   b- Ian Stewart, PH-3B1000001 .232
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000022 .276
Clint Barmes, 2B3000020 .242
   c- Eric Young Jr., PH1010000 .333
Jason Marquis, P2000020 .186
    Matt Murton, RF1000000 .250
   d- Carlos Gonzalez, PH1000011 .281
Totals31363613  
a-walked for Atkins in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Peralta in the 8th
c-singled for Barmes in the 9th
d-struck out for Murton in the 9th
Batting
3B - Garrett Atkins (1, Richard)
RBI - Garrett Atkins 2 (45), Ryan Spilborghs (46)
CS - Seth Smith (1, 2nd base by Richard/Hundley)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis (L,15-11) 5.2855431 3.78
Juan Rincon 0.1000000 5.56
Joe Beimel 0.1311000 3.63
Joel Peralta 0.2000010 6.26
Jhoulys Chacin 1211110 5.59
IBB - Macias by Jason Marquis
WP - Jason Marquis (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 112-62, Juan Rincon 4-2, Joe Beimel 15-8, Joel Peralta 10-6, Jhoulys Chacin 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 8-5
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 28, Juan Rincon 1, Joe Beimel 4, Joel Peralta 2, Jhoulys Chacin 6
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4001122 .261
David Eckstein, 2B5010017 .265
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5130001 .278
Chase Headley, 3B3112100 .261
Will Venable, RF5221003 .276
Drew Macias, LF3220100 .196
Nick Hundley, C4021022 .221
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF2011002 .256
Clayton Richard, P0000000 .111
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1011000 .213
    Adam Russell, P0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Salazar, PH0000100 .337
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   c- Luis Rodriguez, PH0100100 .210
    Luis Perdomo, P0000000 .000
Totals32713755  
a-singled for Richard in the 5th
b-walked for Russell in the 6th
c-walked for Webb in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (25, Marquis)
3B - Adrian Gonzalez (2, Beimel)
HR - Will Venable (11, Marquis)
SF - Chase Headley (2), Tony Gwynn Jr. (2)
SH - Tony Gwynn Jr. (3), Clayton Richard (1)
RBI - Everth Cabrera (27), Chase Headley 2 (55), Will Venable (33), Nick Hundley (23), Tony Gwynn Jr. (15), Edgar Gonzalez (14)
2-OUT RBI - Everth Cabrera (9), Chase Headley (28)
SB - Chase Headley (9, 2nd base off Chacin/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Headley-Gonzalez
PB - Nick Hundley 2 (6)
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard 5333380 4.90
Adam Russell (W,2-0) 1100120 1.13
Joe Thatcher (H,6) 1.1000100 2.54
Ryan Webb (H,3) 0.2100100 3.86
Luis Perdomo 1100030 4.53
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 84-52, Adam Russell 26-17, Joe Thatcher 14-8, Ryan Webb 13-9, Luis Perdomo 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 3-3, Joe Thatcher 3-1, Ryan Webb 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 20, Adam Russell 5, Joe Thatcher 5, Ryan Webb 3, Luis Perdomo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19739
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Jerry Crawford