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Colorado (49-39)000213001791

Padres 9, Rockies 7

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DENVER -- Colorado reliever Matt Belisle was pitching well enough. His defense cost him, though.

Belisle's bases-loaded throwing error led to two unearned runs in the eighth inning for the Padres, Everth Cabrera hit his first homer of the season in the ninth and San Diego beat the Colorado Rockies 9-7 Sunday to avert a series sweep.

"I take full responsibility for this loss," Belisle said. "I 'zoomed' it, there's just no other way to say it. I felt calm and collected and made the pitches and executed them, but I failed at the defensive play. But that seventh game of the World Series, I want to be there doing it again and I'm confident I'll make that play."

Scott Hairston matched a career high with four hits in helping the NL West-leading Padres gain a two-game cushion over second-place Colorado heading into the All-Star break. The Rockies had their season-high six-game winning streak snapped.

Heath Bell, coming on in the eighth after reliever Mike Adams left with an oblique strain, got the five outs for his 24th save in 27 chances, giving up an RBI single to Carlos Gonzalez.

"This was big, to end the half with a win," said Hairston. "We battled every game and every night and even those we lost the previous two nights, we put ourselves in position to win. They are an extremely hot team and have been swinging the bats well. But we never get down and we didn't get down today."

Trailing 6-3 in the seventh, the Padres pulled to within a run on Chase Headley's two-run double off Randy Flores and moved back in front in the eighth when reliever Belisle's throwing error opened the door to the go-ahead runs.

Jerry Hairston Jr., who had three hits, and Aaron Cunningham each singled off Belisle (4-4) and Adrian Gonzalez was walked intentionally, bringing Nick Hundley to the plate.

Belisle induced a comebacker, fielded it cleanly but spun around and sidearmed the throw wildly past catcher Miguel Olivo. Two runners scored to put San Diego on top by a run.

"I knew I was going to throw home the whole time, but the way I spun around -- Olivo was a blur -- and I just rushed it," said Belisle, who conceded he had replayed the episode so much in his head that he had been left with a pounding headache.

Bell said it was important to put a dent in Colorado's recent run of success.

"The Rockies are all about momentum," Bell said. "When they have momentum, it's really hard to stop them. So any chance we can push them back a game or two, it is huge for us."

Despite the loss, the Rockies, who were six games behind the Padres a week ago, closed the first half strongly, going 8-2 on their just concluded homestand and winning 16 of the past 23 games.

"It was tough to lose but you try to look at the positives," said Colorado third baseman Ian Stewart. "We had a great homestand and we ended the first half in good position. Hopefully, we continue to play well in the second half."

Colorado broke a 3-all deadlock with a three-run sixth inning off Clayton Richard, who went 5 2/3 innings and gave up a season-high six runs. Richard walked Carlos Gonzalez, who advanced to second on a fly ball before Olivo singled to put the Rockies in front.

With two outs, Richard hit Stewart with a pitch and Clint Barmes blooped a run-scoring single to right, chasing Richard and bringing on reliever Luke Gregerson (3-5). Jhoulys Chacin greeted Gregerson with an RBI single to center. It was the first career RBI and just the second hit in 23 at-bats for Chacin, who pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Jeff Francis.

Down 3-0, the Rockies pulled to within a run in the fourth inning. Dexter Fowler became the Rockies' first baserunner of the game when he drew a leadoff walk and Jonathan Hererra followed with a run-scoring double. Carlos Gonzalez then singled to score Herrera.

They evened the score an inning later when Barmes drew a one-out walk and Brad Hawpe, who was hitting for Francis, doubled to the center field wall.

San Diego took advantage of a shaky first inning by Francis to score its first run. Francis hit Cunningham with a pitch and issued two walks around Scott Hairston's RBI single. Cunningham's RBI double in the second and Jerry Hairston Jr.'s run-scoring single in the fourth put San Diego up 3-0.

Notes

Cunningham's second-inning double also extended his career-high hitting streak to 10 games. ... Herrera's triple in the fourth gave him an 11-game hitting streak. ... The only other time Scott Hairston had four hits was July 26, 2004 against Houston

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

S. Hairston
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

M. Olivo
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B6231001 .248
Aaron Cunningham, RF5221012 .339
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4120102 .301
Nick Hundley, C4000122 .257
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Scott Hairston, LF5141001 .241
Chase Headley, 3B4012102 .269
Chris Denorfia, CF4110125 .255
Everth Cabrera, SS5222014 .199
Clayton Richard, P2000000 .194
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000010 .221
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Yorvit Torrealba, C1010000 .289
Totals41916747  
a-struck out for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aaron Cunningham 2 (9, Francis, Belisle), Chase Headley (16, Flores)
HR - Everth Cabrera (1, Betancourt)
SH - Clayton Richard (5)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (32), Aaron Cunningham (12), Scott Hairston (28), Chase Headley 2 (31), Everth Cabrera 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Cunningham (4), Scott Hairston (6)
SB - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6, 2nd base off Francis/Olivo), Scott Hairston 2 (6, 2nd base off Francis/Olivo, 2nd base off Francis/Olivo), Yorvit Torrealba (4, 2nd base off Betancourt/Olivo)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Hairston-Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Cabrera
PB - Nick Hundley (5)
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard 5.2666330 3.33
Luke Gregerson (W,3-5) 1.1100110 2.91
Mike Adams (H,22) 0.1100000 2.18
Heath Bell (S,24) 1.2111110 1.88
HBP - Stewart (by Clayton Richard)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 98-60, Luke Gregerson 17-9, Mike Adams 5-5, Heath Bell 35-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 7-6, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Heath Bell 4-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 26, Luke Gregerson 5, Mike Adams 2, Heath Bell 7
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4100113 .233
Jonathan Herrera, 2B-SS3211201 .319
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4122101 .314
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4000011 .260
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1000011 .275
Miguel Olivo, C4131000 .325
Brad Eldred, 1B4000013 .385
Ian Stewart, 3B3100001 .258
Clint Barmes, SS2111110 .257
   b- Seth Smith, PH1000001 .287
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Jeff Francis, P1000000 .000
   c- Brad Hawpe, PH1011000 .274
    Jhoulys Chacin, P1011000 .087
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
    Melvin Mora, 2B1000000 .257
Totals3479755  
a-struck out for Spilborghs in the 9th
b-grounded out for Barmes in the 8th
c-doubled for Francis in the 5th
Batting
2B - Miguel Olivo (8, Richard), Brad Hawpe (18, Richard)
3B - Jonathan Herrera (1, Richard)
RBI - Jonathan Herrera (10), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (60), Miguel Olivo (42), Clint Barmes (42), Brad Hawpe (33), Jhoulys Chacin (1)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (13), Clint Barmes (17), Jhoulys Chacin (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Eldred, Barmes-Herrera-Eldred
E - Matt Belisle (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 5833330 5.14
Jhoulys Chacin 1.1222010 4.09
Randy Flores0100000 3.10
Matt Belisle (BS,1; L,4-4) 1.2220120 2.63
Rafael Betancourt 1322011 5.06
IBB - Denorfia by Jeff Francis, Gonzalez by Matt Belisle
HBP - Cunningham (by Jeff Francis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 96-62, Jhoulys Chacin 17-13, Randy Flores 1-1, Matt Belisle 24-17, Rafael Betancourt 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 8-3, Jhoulys Chacin 2-1, Matt Belisle 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 26, Jhoulys Chacin 6, Randy Flores 1, Matt Belisle 8, Rafael Betancourt 6
Game Information
Attendance - 40460
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom