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Rockies outlast Padres thanks to Stewart's solo shot in 12th

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- After watching his team scratch out only an infield single in the previous five innings, Ian Stewart left no doubt leading off the 12th.

Stewart hit an opposite-field home run off Tim Stauffer and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 6-5 on Wednesday night to take two of three games.

Stewart, who entered during a double switch in the 10th, drove a 2-0 pitch from Stauffer into the seats in left-center, his fifth. Most of the crowd of 17,121 was gone by the time the game was decided.

"That's a terrific at-bat right there," manager Jim Tracy said. "To hit the ball where he hit it, at this late an hour, with the air as heavy as it was, at this early a juncture of the season, gives you a pretty good idea of how hard that ball was hit."

Stauffer left a changeup over the plate.

"I hit it good," Stewart said. "It's tough to hit the ball out here, anywhere, especially to right, and even to left. But you surprise yourself sometimes. I feel good about it."

Stauffer "got behind and elevated it," manager Bud Black said. Stewart, the manager added, "has all-field power."

The loss dropped the Padres percentage points behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. San Diego had won its previous five series, including two sweeps.

The home run ended Stauffer's streak of 17 1/3 scoreless innings to open the season. Stauffer (2-1) had been the only major leaguer to have pitched at least 15 innings this year without allowing a run.

The Padres had runners on first and second with two outs in the 10th before Manny Corpas (1-1) got Kyle Blanks to fly out to right. Corpas pitched the final 2 2/3 innings.

Blanks reached second with two outs in the eighth after a strikeout/wild pitch and an error on catcher Miguel Olivo. Blanks swung and missed at Rafael Betancourt's pitch that was in the dirt and got away from Olivo. Blanks hustled to first and Olivo's throw was wide and caromed off the front of the stands and into short right. Blanks slipped and fell rounding first but got up and had time to pull into second base standing up.

After all that, he was stranded when Jerry Hairston Jr. struck out.

Clint Barmes had three hits and three RBI for the Rockies. Blanks had two RBI for San Diego.

The Padres went ahead 5-3 with a four-run fourth highlighted by left-hander Clayton Richard's two-run double with two outs. Richard had given up three runs in the third inning as the Rockies took a 3-1 lead.

Richard threw 103 pitches through five innings and was replaced by Edward Mujica opening the sixth. Mujica walked Olivo and gave up an RBI double by Barmes, followed by an RBI triple by pinch-hitter Seth Smith, both into the right-center gap, as the Rockies pulled into a 5-5 tie.

Richard struggled through the third, giving up three runs on three singles and two walks. Melvin Mora drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk and Barmes hit a two-run single to left for a 3-1 lead.

"It didn't go like I planned it," Richard said. "But you have to find another way and adapt. I finally got settled in and was able to keep us in the game."

Colorado's Aaron Cook gave it all back in the fourth, when the Padres rallied for four runs on four hits and a walk. Blanks hit an RBI single over shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Hairston Jr. followed with an RBI single to left to tie it and Richard put the Padres ahead with an opposite-field double that sliced past left fielder Eric Young Jr.

Richard allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, struck out five and walked five. Cook also went five, allowing five runs and six hits, with two strikeouts and two walks.

Blanks hit an RBI double in the second.

Notes

  • Rockies closer Huston Street, on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder, is scheduled to pitch an inning in an extended spring training game on Saturday. Manager Jim Tracy said Street is scheduled to return to Denver on Monday to be re-evaluated, and if all goes well, could be sent out that day on a rehab assignment.
  • Padres SS Everth Cabrera, on the DL with a strained right hamstring, took batting practice and grounders. The only running he has been able to do has been in a pool.
 
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After being a spectator for nine innings, Ian Stewart decides the game in his only plate appearance.  (AP)
After being a spectator for nine innings, Ian Stewart decides the game in his only plate appearance. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

I. Stewart
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
San Diego

K. Blanks
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Eric Young Jr., LF3000103 .280
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1000010 .095
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Ian Stewart, 3B1111000 .279
Dexter Fowler, CF5120132 .257
Todd Helton, 1B6020002 .284
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5120110 .295
Carlos Gonzalez, RF6110014 .317
Melvin Mora, 3B3001200 .277
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P1000002 .000
Miguel Olivo, C4100114 .246
Clint Barmes, 2B5133010 .229
Aaron Cook, P2000022 .333
   b- Seth Smith, PH-LF3011000 .207
Totals456126610  
a-struck out for Betancourt in the 9th
b-tripled for Cook in the 6th
Batting
2B - Clint Barmes 2 (8, Richard, Mujica)
3B - Seth Smith (1, Mujica)
HR - Ian Stewart (5, Stauffer)
RBI - Ian Stewart (13), Melvin Mora (8), Clint Barmes 3 (12), Seth Smith (13)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes 2 (3)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (1, 2nd base by Richard/Hundley), Dexter Fowler (3, 2nd base by Bell/Hundley)
Fielding
E - Melvin Mora (3, Throwing), Miguel Olivo (2, Throwing), Eric Young Jr. (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 5655220 6.03
Matt Belisle 1.2100010 3.00
Randy Flores 0.1000000 0.00
Rafael Betancourt 1000030 5.56
Matt Daley 1.1000010 0.68
Franklin Morales0000200 4.09
Manuel Corpas (W,1-1) 2.2100120 1.66
WP - Aaron Cook (1), Rafael Betancourt (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 83-0, Matt Belisle 19-0, Randy Flores 1-0, Rafael Betancourt 17-0, Matt Daley 14-0, Franklin Morales 13-0, Manuel Corpas 28-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 10-3, Matt Belisle 2-2, Matt Daley 1-2, Manuel Corpas 2-4
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 23, Matt Belisle 6, Randy Flores 1, Rafael Betancourt 4, Matt Daley 4, Franklin Morales 2, Manuel Corpas 10
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF6000014 .206
David Eckstein, 2B6000002 .245
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4110201 .281
    Lance Zawadzki, PR0000000 .200
Chase Headley, 3B3110311 .327
Will Venable, RF4100012 .233
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-RF2000003 .250
Kyle Blanks, LF5122022 .203
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS5111012 .218
Nick Hundley, C5010002 .267
Clayton Richard, P2012011 .222
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Salazar, PH1010000 .143
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Stairs, PH1000010 .167
    Tim Stauffer, P1000011 .000
Totals4558559  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Venable in the 10th
b-singled for Gregerson in the 7th
c-struck out for Bell in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kyle Blanks (6, Cook), Clayton Richard (2, Cook)
RBI - Kyle Blanks 2 (13), Jerry Hairston Jr. (9), Clayton Richard 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Clayton Richard 2 (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kyle Blanks 1
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard 5633550 3.34
Edward Mujica 0.2222110 3.07
Joe Thatcher 0.1000000 7.71
Luke Gregerson 1000000 1.65
Mike Adams 1000010 3.75
Heath Bell 1100010 1.50
Tim Stauffer (L,2-1) 3311021 0.49
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 103-0, Edward Mujica 18-0, Joe Thatcher 5-0, Luke Gregerson 12-0, Mike Adams 8-0, Heath Bell 18-0, Tim Stauffer 48-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 7-1, Joe Thatcher 1-0, Luke Gregerson 2-1, Mike Adams 1-1, Tim Stauffer 4-3
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 24, Edward Mujica 5, Joe Thatcher 1, Luke Gregerson 3, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 3, Tim Stauffer 12
Game Information
Attendance - 17121
Game Time - 4:00
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Mark Carlson