Chris Nelson wasn't sure he had hit the ball hard enough for a homer.
When he saw the saw ball disappear over the fence as he rounded first base, out came a celebratory fist pump, and a day marked by frustration at the plate and in the field turned noticeably bright.
Nelson had his go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning, and the Colorado Rockies overcame a career-best six RBI by Chase Headley to beat the San Diego Padres 11-10 on Sunday.
''I was hustling out of the box, but I got it pretty good and I was thinking triple out there,'' said Nelson, who was still fuming over his strikeout in his previous at bat as well as what he considered his sloppy fielding of a grounder to third base that Cameron Maybin beat out for an infield hit in the Padres' three-run fourth.
''The day wasn't going the best for me, just wasn't going well, and it all came out at once,'' Nelson said. ''I've had a couple (of game-winning homers) before but none like that one. It's a great feeling, a...