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Rockies 10, Padres 9

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DENVER -- Nolan Arenado won the game with his walk-off homer and saved it time after time with his work at the hot corner.

So, as Joe Thatcher, the reliever who gave up the game-winning homer, succinctly surmised, "Tonight was his night."

Indeed, it was.

Arenado hit the winning homer to begin the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 10-9 on Friday night after squandering a six-run lead.

Arenado sent a 1-1 fastball from Thatcher (2-1) over the wall in left field. Arenado sauntered around the bases and then tossed his batting helmet as he rounded third base. The rookie was mobbed by teammates once he stomped on home plate.

"It was cool," Arenado said. "Hit a couple in the minor leagues. Hitting one up here is special."

But his homer was only part of the story. He made one diving snare after another, including one that ended a bases-loaded threat in the seventh to keep the game tied. That play was what had everyone talking.

"The home run is going to be the one on the highlights," said Matt Belisle (4-2), who pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. "To see him get a big hit like that, you're just so happy for the kid.

"Defensively, he was stellar. Hopefully, he's going to feel real good tomorrow and keep it rolling."

Carlos Gonzalez had two triples and drove in three runs before leaving with a left knee injury in the seventh. Dexter Fowler returned to the lineup after sitting out with a migraine and finished with three hits, while Todd Helton drove in three runs.

The Padres trailed by six runs early in the game and 9-4 heading into the seventh, before rallying for five runs. Chase Headley began the inning when he was hit by Rob Scahill, possibly as retaliation for when starter Edinson Volquez plunked Troy Tulowitzki in the second.

"Just got away from me," Scahill said after the game.

Carlos Quentin then hit a two-run homer and Jedd Gyorko followed with a solo shot. After a double by Kyle Blanks, Cameron Maybin made it a one-run game with an RBI single.

That was all for Scahill, who faced five batters and gave up five runs without getting an out. Everth Cabrera tied it when he beat out an infield single.

After Headley - batting for a second time in the inning - struck out with the bases loaded, Quentin laced a liner to third that Arenado snared, throwing a strike to first to end the inning.

"Defense is a big part of my game," Arenado said. "A lot of people didn't think I could play defense. It's funny, I've been showing more of my defense than my bat lately."

Gonzalez wasn't around for the finish after slipping in the sixth when he was trying to scramble out of the batter's box. He gingerly ran down the line before limping into the dugout. He trotted out to left to start the seventh, only to be replaced by Jonathan Herrera on a double-switch.

Michael Cuddyer usually would've gone in, but he's sidelined with a rib strain.

Gonzalez downplayed his injury, saying the knee has been bothering him since spring training.

"It's all right. Just sore," he said. "Right now, I feel good."

After scoring three times off Volquez in the first, Colorado broke open the game with a five-run second - a big inning set up by another debatable call at first base.

Fowler put down a one-out bunt and appeared to be out by a step, only to have first-base umpire Jim Joyce rule him safe. Gonzalez followed with a two-run triple. Soon after, Helton, Arenado and Yorvit Torrealba added RBI singles.

The night before, the Padres scored the go-ahead run in the 12th when pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal was called safe at first on his bases-loaded fielder's choice grounder. Replays seemed to indicate he was out by a step.

Blanks, who nearly didn't join the Padres in Denver for this series, had a big game for San Diego, hitting a two-run homer in the second and adding a run-scoring single in the fifth.

With Maybin set to come off the disabled list, the Padres were planning to send Blanks to the minors. Instead, Yonder Alonso went on the DL with a bruised right hand and Blanks had to catch a plane to the Mile High City.

Jorge De La Rosa didn't have his best stuff and he surrendered four runs and 11 hits in five shaky innings.

Volquez never got on track as he gave up career highs in runs (9) and hits (11), while lasting just 2 1-3 innings. He was let off the hook for the loss with the Padres' late surge.

"It was tough. That's the first time that's happened to me in my whole career," Volquez said. "I've got to be able to make adjustments, throw quality pitches."

Fowler returned to the field after dealing with horrible headaches that had him pulling the shades down inside his house. He even had a CAT scan just to be safe and said everything checked out fine.

"Every time I put my head down, I thought I was going to pass out," Fowler said.

Notes

  • Headley left late in the game with tightness in his right calf.
  • The Padres will send LHP Eric Stults (4-5) to the mound on Saturday. The Rockies haven't announced a replacement for RHP Tyler Chatwood, who's has a triceps injury. The top candidate to fill in appears to be LHP Jeff Francis, who's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. Francis said his groin injury is 100 percent.
  • It was the Rockies' fifth walkoff win of the season.
 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
San Diego

J. Gyorko
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF5000112 .286
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
Everth Cabrera, SS5131001 .293
Chase Headley, 3B4100014 .229
    Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
    Mark Kotsay, RF0000000 .246
Carlos Quentin, LF5233013 .259
Jedd Gyorko, 2B5241010 .288
Kyle Blanks, 1B5233012 .292
Cameron Maybin, CF5121012 .163
Yasmani Grandal, C4020121 .156
Edinson Volquez, P1000001 .133
    Tyson Ross, P1000011 .125
   a- Will Venable, PH1000011 .223
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
   b- Jesus Guzman, PH1000002 .228
    Alexi Amarista, 3B1000000 .262
Totals439179210  
a-struck out for Ross in the 6th
b-fouled out for Layne in the 7th
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (9, De La Rosa), Jedd Gyorko (16, De La Rosa), Kyle Blanks (6, Scahill), Yasmani Grandal (2, De La Rosa)
HR - Carlos Quentin (7, Scahill), Jedd Gyorko (8, Scahill), Kyle Blanks (5, De La Rosa)
RBI - Everth Cabrera (23), Carlos Quentin 3 (21), Jedd Gyorko (25), Kyle Blanks 3 (19), Cameron Maybin (4)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin (9), Kyle Blanks (7)
SB - Cameron Maybin (3, 3rd base off Outman/Torrealba)
CS - Everth Cabrera (6, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Gyorko-Blanks
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez 2.11199210 6.33
Tyson Ross 2.2000000 2.67
Tommy Layne 1200000 1.69
Brad Boxberger 2200020 3.52
Joe Thatcher (L,2-1)0111001 2.08
HBP - Tulowitzki (by Edinson Volquez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 63-37, Tyson Ross 23-17, Tommy Layne 10-9, Brad Boxberger 32-21, Joe Thatcher 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 4-2, Tyson Ross 6-2, Tommy Layne 2-0, Brad Boxberger 2-2
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 21, Tyson Ross 8, Tommy Layne 4, Brad Boxberger 8, Joe Thatcher 1
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5230001 .292
Eric Young Jr., RF5200013 .234
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3223100 .309
    Jonathan Herrera, LF1000010 .270
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4231001 .348
Todd Helton, 1B5133002 .254
Nolan Arenado, 3B5122002 .250
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3010101 .254
Yorvit Torrealba, C3011000 .277
Jorge De La Rosa, P3010013 .045
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Rob Scahill, P0000000 .000
    Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilin Rosario, PH1000001 .250
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
Totals3810161023  
a-lined out for Lopez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (4, Volquez)
3B - Dexter Fowler (2, Volquez), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (5, Volquez, Volquez)
HR - Nolan Arenado (5, Thatcher)
SH - Yorvit Torrealba (3)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 3 (45), Troy Tulowitzki (49), Todd Helton 3 (25), Nolan Arenado 2 (14), Yorvit Torrealba (7)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (17), Todd Helton (7), Nolan Arenado (7), Yorvit Torrealba (4)
Team LOB - 8
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa 51144051 3.38
Edgmer Escalona 1100020 3.38
Rob Scahill0455002 6.00
Josh Outman (BS,1) 0.2100210 4.94
Wilton Lopez 0.1000000 3.58
Matt Belisle (W,4-2) 2000020 2.70
HBP - Headley (by Rob Scahill)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 88-53, Edgmer Escalona 19-15, Rob Scahill 16-10, Josh Outman 20-10, Wilton Lopez 2-1, Matt Belisle 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-4, Edgmer Escalona 1-0, Wilton Lopez 1-0, Matt Belisle 2-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 25, Edgmer Escalona 4, Rob Scahill 5, Josh Outman 5, Wilton Lopez 1, Matt Belisle 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30477
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jeff Nelson