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Padres losing streak hits 10 as they fall to Rockies

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- No matter what they try, the San Diego Padres just keep losing.

The NL West-leading Padres lost their 10th straight game Sunday as Melvin Mora hit a go-ahead single that sent the Colorado Rockies to a 4-2 win.

Postseason Chase

"We have a sense of urgency right now," Padres pitcher Clayton Richard said. "We have a special opportunity and we are going to do every thing in our control to take advantage of it."

Mora's tiebreaking hit in the seventh inning gave Colorado its 10th win in 14 games. The Rockies pulled within 4½ games of the slumping Padres.

The Padres, who have led the division virtually the entire season, have seen their season-high 6½ game lead on Aug. 25 nearly evaporate. San Diego began the day with a two-game edge over San Francisco, which played a night game at Dodger Stadium.

San Diego has not won since a 9-3 victory over last-place Arizona at home on Aug. 25. Since then, the Padres have been outscored 55-23 and have watched their top-rated pitching staff and defense falter, along with an offense devoid of key hits.

"We're in games but we're not generating the big hit, not generating the offense to get us over the top," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "We have to turn this around. It's in us because I've seen it. But we haven't done it the last 10 games."

It looked like Miguel Tejada's towering two-run homer in the sixth inning that tied the game at 2-all might give the Padres momentum. But Mora's hit sent them to another defeat.

The losing streak is starting to take on near historical dimensions. The streak is San Diego's longest since a franchise record 13-game skid in May 1994. Plus, only two teams in major league history have made the postseason in a year that included a losing streak of at least 10 games.

"I don't think we can be too hard on ourselves," Tejada said. "We just have to keep playing hard and we have to be positive. We're still in first place."

The Rockies completed the three-game sweep and have won 11 of 15 games this season against the Padres, including seven of nine at Petco Park. This was Colorado's first road sweep since Aug. 18-20, 2009, at Washington.

"I think it goes without saying, this was a tremendous series for us," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "It has brightened the picture considerably over the course of the last three days."

The Rockies, who have not been this close to first place since July 23, also moved within 5½ games of Philadelphia in the wild-card race.

"We have a really good opportunity to win the division," said Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez. "We just have to keep playing good baseball."

Tejada's fifth homer hit off the front of the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Company building down the left-field line and came right after Adrian Gonzalez doubled with one out in the sixth.

But Mora came right back and delivered his go-ahead single in the seventh off reliever Mike Adams.

Gonzalez got the inning going with a one-out single off Tim Stauffer (3-3), and walk to Troy Tulowitzki brought on Adams. After a double steal, the Padres played the infield in and Mora's ground ball got by second baseman David Eckstein into right field.

"Melvin Mora has a history of being a guy that loves to take a big at-bat in a game," Tracy said.

Tulowitzki hit his 14th homer leading off the fourth against Richard. Tulowitzki also drove in a run in the fifth when third basemen Chase Headley failed to cleanly field a groundball that could have potentially led to an inning-ending, double play.

Jorge De La Rosa (6-4) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances.

Gonzalez went 3 for 5, raising his NL-leading average to .337 and extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Gonzalez is hitting .529 (27 for 51) during the streak.

Richard gave up two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits in six innings.

Notes

  • The two clubs that reached the postseason with losing streaks of at least 10 games were the 1951 New York Giants and the 1982 Atlanta Braves.
  • Tejada played in his 2,000th career game, which includes a streak of 1,152 consecutive games that was snapped in 2007 when he broke his left hand.
  • Tejada stole second base on his first attempt of the season in the second inning.
  • Colorado swept the Padres for the first time on the road since September 2007.
  • San Diego RHP Chris Young threw 3 1/3 hitless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Portland against Las Vegas. Young, who has been on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder since April 12, was making his second rehab start.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki turns a double play while Chris Denorfia tries to reach second, and the Padres' downslide continues. (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki turns a double play while Chris Denorfia tries to reach second, and the Padres' downslide continues. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5000012 .245
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4120110 .270
Carlos Gonzalez, RF5130002 .337
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3212211 .320
Melvin Mora, 3B5012023 .276
Jason Giambi, 1B3010010 .260
    Todd Helton, 1B0000200 .253
Miguel Olivo, C5020012 .273
Clint Barmes, 2B3010202 .236
Jorge De La Rosa, P3010002 .167
   a- Seth Smith, PH1000003 .257
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .250
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals37412477  
a-flied out for De La Rosa in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Spilborghs (18, Richard), Miguel Olivo (12, Richard), Clint Barmes (20, Richard)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (14, Richard)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (61), Melvin Mora 2 (30)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (23, 3rd base off Adams/Hundley, 3rd base off Frieri/Hundley), Troy Tulowitzki (10, 2nd base off Adams/Hundley)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Giambi, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Giambi
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (W,6-4) 6622241 4.18
Matt Belisle (H,18) 2000020 2.77
Huston Street (S,15) 1100030 3.96
HBP - Cunningham (by Jorge De La Rosa)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 100-61, Matt Belisle 22-15, Huston Street 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 6-6, Matt Belisle 3-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 25, Matt Belisle 6, Huston Street 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF3020100 .280
David Eckstein, 2B4000013 .276
Ryan Ludwick, RF4000011 .263
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3110111 .303
Miguel Tejada, SS4132001 .270
Chase Headley, 3B4010032 .272
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000001 .285
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000011 .215
Aaron Cunningham, LF2000010 .302
   b- Will Venable, PH1000011 .221
Clayton Richard, P2000002 .160
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .222
    Nick Hundley, C1000000 .245
Totals3227229  
a-struck out for Frieri in the 9th
b-struck out for Cunningham in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Denorfia (13, De La Rosa), Adrian Gonzalez (28, De La Rosa)
HR - Miguel Tejada (12, De La Rosa)
RBI - Miguel Tejada 2 (56)
SB - Miguel Tejada (1, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Gonzalez, Tejada-Eckstein-Gonzalez
E - Chris Denorfia (2, Misplayed grounder), Nick Hundley (4, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard 6921341 3.43
Tim Stauffer (L,3-3) 0.1122110 1.68
Mike Adams 0.1100200 1.89
Joe Thatcher 1100000 1.42
Ernesto Frieri 1.1000120 2.35
IBB - Barmes by Clayton Richard, Helton by Mike Adams, by Barmes
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 100-65, Tim Stauffer 13-7, Mike Adams 15-5, Joe Thatcher 10-7, Ernesto Frieri 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 8-4, Joe Thatcher 1-2
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 28, Tim Stauffer 3, Mike Adams 4, Joe Thatcher 4, Ernesto Frieri 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23250
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn