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Morneau's walk-off homer sends Rockies past Padres

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DENVER -- Justin Morneau wondered out loud just how many teams have turned a triple play and hit a walkoff homer in the same game.

A better question yet may be this: How many times has the same player been involved in both?

Morneau hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and helped the Colorado Rockies turn the third triple play in team history as they beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 on Sunday.

Definitely a pretty good afternoon for Morneau, who hit the sixth walkoff homer of his career. He's making himself right at home batting behind Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

After Gonzalez singled earlier in the inning, Morneau lined a two-out, 3-2 fastball from Dale Thayer (2-2) to straightaway center. Morneau thought for sure he got enough of it, too, but then Cameron Maybin drifted back and back, like he might have a play on it.

He didn't.

"Scared me a little bit," Morneau said. "As good of athlete as he is, if he can't catch it, it's definitely gone."

Morneau sprinted around the bases to the applause from the crowd and flipped his helmet off after passing third. He was mobbed at home by his teammates.

"Justin is having a phenomenal season," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Great to see him get the big hit."

Thayer insisted he made a quality pitch and that he didn't think it was leaving the park.

"But it doesn't surprise me it went out. He hit it hard," Thayer said.

Nick Masset (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th for his first win with Colorado. LaTroy Hawkins blew his first save of the season in the ninth as he surrendered a tying two-run homer to Everth Cabrera.

Corey Dickerson had a two-run homer and Tulowitzki added a solo shot in the fifth to keep up his hot hitting at Coors Field, where he's batting .571 in 18 games.

Seth Smith and Rene Rivera hit solo homers for the Padres, who return home following a 3-3 road excursion.

"This was a game that was in the balance the whole way," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Both teams kept pecking away at each other the whole game, which is typical of this ballpark."

Juan Nicasio didn't have his best stuff, but was bailed out all afternoon by his defense, no more so than in the third. With runners on first and second, third baseman Nolan Arenado fielded a grounder by Carlos Quentin and stepped on the bag. He threw to second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, who relayed the ball on to first for the triple play.

Quentin was originally ruled safe at first, but the second base umpire called Smith for baserunner interference as he slid into second.

"That was different than anything I've ever seen," Morneau said.

The momentum from that play ignited the offense as the Rockies scored four runs in the bottom of the frame. Charlie Blackmon had a two-run single and Dickerson added a two-run homer.

Usually a reliever, Donn Roach made his first major league start as he filled in for Andrew Cashner, who went on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching elbow.

Roach was on a pitch count and out of the game early, giving up four runs in three innings.

Black elected to bat Roach eighth in the order and third baseman Alexi Amarista ninth, just to give the team more double-switch flexibility early in the game.

It worked, too, when Roach was lifted for Will Venable in the fourth, with Venable hitting an RBI single.

Roach couldn't find his rhythm in the first as he walked leadoff batter Blackmon and then Dickerson.

It didn't matter, though, as both were thrown out trying to steal second -- with a little assistance from replay.

Blackmon was originally called safe on his steal attempt, but Black requested an appeal and the umpires overturned the call.

After Dickerson walked, he tried to steal and, like Blackmon, was called safe when the tag was high. Black jogged out of the dugout to appeal, with the umpires again reversing the call.

According to the team, it's the first time a manager has successfully overturned two calls in the same inning.

Notes

The last time San Diego hit into a triple play was April 15, 2012, at Los Angeles against the Dodgers. ... Both teams are off Monday. ... Before the game, Colorado activated C Wilin Rosario (viral infection) and optioned C Mike McKenry to Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... The triple play in the third was Colorado's first since Tulowitzki turned an unassisted one on April 29, 2007, against Atlanta.

 
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Colorado's Justin Morneau hits a two-run homer in the 10th inning, the sixth walk-off homer of his career. (USATSI)
Colorado's Justin Morneau hits a two-run homer in the 10th inning, the sixth walk-off homer of his career. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Diego

R. Rivera
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

J. Morneau
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS5122000 .249
Seth Smith, RF-LF3111200 .333
Carlos Quentin, LF2010002 .333
   Tim Stauffer, P1010000 .500
   a-Chase Headley, PH-3B1000100 .189
Yonder Alonso, 1B5000024 .197
Jedd Gyorko, 2B5010010 .154
Cameron Maybin, CF5110002 .281
Rene Rivera, C4222000 .275
Donn Roach, P1000000 .500
   b-Will Venable, PH-RF3121000 .199
Alexi Amarista, 3B2000001 .184
   c-Chris Denorfia, PH1000000 .306
   Alex Torres, P0000000 .000
   d-Nick Hundley, PH1000001 .278
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
Totals39611633  
a-walked for Stauffer in the 7th
b-singled for Roach in the 4th
c-grounded out for Amarista in the 7th
d-grounded out for Torres in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jedd Gyorko (3, Nicasio), Rene Rivera (4, Nicasio), Will Venable (6, Hawkins)
HR - Everth Cabrera (2, Hawkins), Seth Smith (5, Nicasio), Rene Rivera (3, Nicasio)
RBI - Everth Cabrera 2 (6), Seth Smith (17), Rene Rivera 2 (11), Will Venable (7)
2-OUT RBI - Rene Rivera 2 (6), Will Venable (1)
SB - Everth Cabrera (9, 2nd base off Nicasio/Rosario)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Gyorko-Rivera-Headley
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Donn Roach 3444201 3.75
Tim Stauffer 3411141 2.41
Alex Torres 2311000 1.02
Joaquin Benoit 1000020 2.18
Dale Thayer (L,2-2) 0.2222011 2.18
HBP - C. Gonzalez (by Donn Roach)
Pitches-Strikes - Donn Roach 46-25, Tim Stauffer 52-36, Alex Torres 34-24, Joaquin Benoit 15-9, Dale Thayer 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Donn Roach 6-1, Tim Stauffer 4-0, Alex Torres 2-3
Batters Faced - Donn Roach 14, Tim Stauffer 13, Alex Torres 8, Joaquin Benoit 3, Dale Thayer 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF3122210 .339
Corey Dickerson, CF2112113 .349
   a-Drew Stubbs, PH-CF2010010 .330
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5211010 .393
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4121010 .275
Nolan Arenado, 3B5000003 .292
Justin Morneau, 1B5122000 .327
Wilin Rosario, C4110001 .239
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4130000 .303
Juan Nicasio, P1000012 .059
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH1000011 .321
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   c-Charlie Culberson, PH1000000 .186
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Totals37813837  
a-singled for Dickerson in the 7th
b-struck out for Nicasio in the 6th
c-flied out for Hawkins in the 9th
Batting
HR - Corey Dickerson (5, Roach), Troy Tulowitzki (13, Stauffer), Justin Morneau (9, Thayer)
SH - Juan Nicasio (2)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon 2 (32), Corey Dickerson 2 (13), Troy Tulowitzki (35), Carlos Gonzalez (29), Justin Morneau 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (7), Justin Morneau 2 (9)
CS - Charlie Blackmon (3, 2nd base by Roach/Rivera), Corey Dickerson (2, 2nd base by Roach/Rivera), DJ LeMahieu (3, 2nd base by Stauffer/Rivera)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
TP - Arenado/n
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Juan Nicasio 6944122 4.03
Rex Brothers (H,8) 1000210 2.84
Adam Ottavino (H,9) 1000000 1.47
LaTroy Hawkins (BS,1) 1222001 4.11
Nick Masset (W,1-0) 1000000 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 99-60, Rex Brothers 21-8, Adam Ottavino 14-8, LaTroy Hawkins 15-9, Nick Masset 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 9-5, Rex Brothers 2-0, Adam Ottavino 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Nick Masset 1-2
Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 26, Rex Brothers 5, Adam Ottavino 3, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Nick Masset 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44092
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Seth Buckminster, Third Base - Brian Knight