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DENVER -- This time, the Colorado Rockies didn't wait until their final at-bat to generate game-turning offensive heroics.
Three of those victories came in their last at-bat, including a 12-9 win last Tuesday in which the Rockies overtook the St. Louis Cardinals with a nine-run ninth inning. On Friday, the second-place Rockies twice overcame three-run deficits to pull within two games of the NL West-leading Padres.
"Ever since the game on Tuesday, when were down by a bunch of runs and won, it gave us confidence, that we feel we're never out of a game," Stewart said. "No matter what inning it is, or how many runs we're down."
Stewart's third career slam and fourth multihomer game gave him a career-best six RBI and was the latest highlight in an offensive roll that has seen Colorado generate at least 11 hits in eight consecutive games, including a two-run homer from Carlos Gonzalez.
"These are the games you can only dream to have," said Jason Giambi, who went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI for his third multihit game in the past four. "To come back and win games like this, and the two against the Cardinals. It happened like this last year down the stretch. We're starting to get some momentum."
Down 8-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Rockies' Jonathan Herrera, Gonzalez and Giambi singled in succession to pull within three runs. Luke Gregerson (2-5) relieved Ryan Webb and walked the first batter he faced, Miguel Olivo, to load the bases.
After Brad Hawpe struck out for the fourth time, Stewart connected for his 11th homer of the season, driving it the opposite way over the left field fence to put the Rockies back on top.
"When I hit the ball the other way, I'm not always sure if I hit one out," Stewart said. "I was just hoping it was going to get down, maybe hit the warning track or hit off the wall. But it got out before I got to first. I watched it the whole way."
It was a rare breakdown by a San Diego bullpen that entered with a collective ERA of 2.73, best in the majors.
"We wouldn't be where we are if it wasn't for the collection of our guys in the bullpen," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "Pitchers aren't invincible. Tonight, [Gregerson] left a pitch out over the plate and a guy with power put the good part of the bat on it."
Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa allowed seven runs -- five earned -- and six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first start since tearing tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand on April 25.
Kevin Correia, who matched a season high with eight strikeouts in a five-inning stint, was staked to a 3-0 lead before the Rockies broke through in the for a five-run third against the Padres starter.
After Herrera's one-out single, Gonzalez drove Correia's first offering over the right-center field fence into the Rockies' bullpen for his 16th home run of the season. Giambi and Olivo hit successive doubles to even the score and Stewart followed with his 10th homer.
The Padres regained the lead in the fifth, when they added three runs, including Adrian Gonzalez's 18th homer, a two-run shot.
Manuel Corpas relieved De La Rosa, and Aaron Cunningham singled deep to the hole, scoring Gonzalez. Shortstop Clint Barmes fielded the ball but bounced his throw past first base for his second error of the night, both of which led to unearned runs.
San Diego scored its first run on Chris Denorfia's second-inning sacrifice fly.
|Lots of reasons for Ian Stewart to celebrate: 3rd career slam, 4th multihomer game and career-best 6 RBI. (AP)|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B-SS||2||2||1||0||2||0||0||.246|
|Chase Headley, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.273|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||2||2||2||0||2||2||.301|
|Scott Hairston, LF||4||2||1||1||0||2||0||.227|
|Nick Hundley, C||5||2||2||0||0||1||3||.263|
|Aaron Cunningham, RF||4||0||3||2||0||0||1||.340|
|Chris Denorfia, CF||3||0||0||1||0||1||3||.260|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.188|
|Luke Gregerson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Stauffer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Kevin Correia, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.107|
|a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.223|
|Joe Thatcher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Oscar Salazar, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|a-doubled for Correia in the 6th|
|2B - Scott Hairston (8, De La Rosa), Nick Hundley 2 (11, De La Rosa, De La Rosa), Aaron Cunningham 2 (6, De La Rosa, Belisle), Tony Gwynn Jr. (8, Corpas)|
|HR - Adrian Gonzalez (18, De La Rosa)|
|SF - Chris Denorfia (2)|
|RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (56), Scott Hairston (27), Aaron Cunningham 2 (10), Chris Denorfia (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (16), Aaron Cunningham (3)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Everth Cabrera (3, Dropped fly)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Joe Thatcher (H,3)||0.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.04|
|Ryan Webb (H,2)||1||3||3||3||0||2||0||2.41|
|Luke Gregerson (BS,3; L,2-5)||0.2||1||2||2||1||1||1||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 92-60, Joe Thatcher 13-6, Ryan Webb 22-13, Luke Gregerson 15-8, Tim Stauffer 7-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-1|
|Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 23, Joe Thatcher 2, Ryan Webb 6, Luke Gregerson 4, Tim Stauffer 3|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||5||0||0||0||0||4||0||.244|
|Jonathan Herrera, 2B||5||2||2||0||0||1||0||.321|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.312|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.277|
|Melvin Mora, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Miguel Olivo, C||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.317|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||0||4||7||.270|
|Huston Street, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||2||2||6||1||1||0||.258|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.222|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brad Eldred, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.600|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Beimel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|a-struck out for Flores in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Beimel in the 8th|
|2B - Jason Giambi (6, Correia), Miguel Olivo (7, Correia)|
|HR - Carlos Gonzalez (16, Correia), Ian Stewart 2 (11, Correia, Gregerson)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (57), Jason Giambi (19), Miguel Olivo (41), Ian Stewart 6 (44)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ian Stewart 6 (23)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Herrera-Barmes-Mora|
|E - Clint Barmes 2 (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jorge De La Rosa||4.1||6||7||5||1||6||1||4.94|
|Matt Belisle (W,4-3)||1||1||1||1||0||2||0||2.77|
|Rafael Betancourt (H,13)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.65|
|Joe Beimel (H,15)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.33|
|Huston Street (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.38|
|HBP - Hairston (by Jorge De La Rosa), Hairston (by Matt Belisle)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 95-61, Manuel Corpas 17-10, Randy Flores 8-5, Matt Belisle 17-13, Rafael Betancourt 7-7, Joe Beimel 4-2, Huston Street 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-3, Manuel Corpas 1-0, Randy Flores 1-1, Joe Beimel 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 22, Manuel Corpas 6, Randy Flores 2, Matt Belisle 5, Rafael Betancourt 2, Joe Beimel 1, Huston Street 3|
|Attendance - 36123|
|Game Time - 3:25|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Field Culbreth|