Rockies 7, Padres 5

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 13, 2013
Dexter Fowler's second home run of the game and sixth this season, a solo shot off Huston Street in the ninth inning, snapped a tie and sent the Colorado Rockies to a 7-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Padres slugger Carlos Quentin was in the cleanup spot after appealing an eight-game suspension for his role in a wild fight with the Los Angeles Dodgers the previous night. Quentin, also fined $3,000, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Todd Helton had three hits for the Rockies, who stopped a three-game slide. Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer for the Padres (2-8), who have lost three straight. Fowler, who hit a solo shot in the fifth, drove a 1-1 pitch to right-center against Street (0-1). Josh Rutledge followed with his first home run on a 2-2 pitch into the left-field stands. The back-to-back homers made a winner of Rockies reliever Rex Brothers (1-0). Earlier in the day, Quentin was punished by Major League Baseball for charging Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after the outfielder was hit on the upper arm by a pitch. The bench-clearing brawl that ensued left Greinke with a broken collarbone that will require surgery. He is expected to miss eight weeks. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday night that Quentin should remain out until Greinke can pitch again. But when MLB handed down penalties Friday night, Quentin received an eight-game ban and Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. was suspended for one game. Both were in the lineup Friday night - the Dodgers lost at Arizona - pending appeal by the players' association. But the Rockies came back to tie it at 5 with a pair of unearned runs off reliever Luke Gregerson in the eighth. Helton's third hit, an RBI double and Wilin Rosario's RBI grounder came after an error by Gyorko at third base. After the home runs by Fowler and Rutledge, Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities. The Padres, who trailed 2-0 and 3-2, took a 5-3 lead with two runs in the seventh off reliever Wilton Lopez. Nick Hundley's second double of the night scored Jedd Gyorko from first base and Hundley scored on a single by Will Venable, who had two RBIs. Rockies starter Jon Garland went six innings, allowing five hits and three runs. Tyson Ross lasted 5 1-3 innings for the Padres. He gave up three runs and five hits, striking out eight. It was in the first inning that Ross was on the ropes. After giving up two runs, he struck out Rosario and Chris Nelson with the bases loaded to end the inning. A one-out walk to Rutledge, a double by Carlos Gonzalez and back-to-back RBI singles by Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer produced Colorado's first-inning runs. San Diego tied it at 2 in the bottom half when Alonso hit a two-run shot to center. After the Rockies went back in front 3-2, Hundley doubled leading off the fifth and scored the tying run on Will Venable's single. NOTES: Padres 3B Chase Headley, on the DL with a broken left thumb, began his rehab assignment as the DH with Class-A Lake Elsinore. He will take Saturday off and return to San Diego for ''Chase Headley bobblehead night'' and then play on Sunday back at Lake Elsinore. ... The Padres selected the contract of RHP Thad Weber from Triple-A Tucson to take infielder Cody Ransom's roster spot after Ransom was designated for assignment. ... Rockies manager Walt Weiss did not seem overly concerned with Helton's 2-for-21 (.095) start to the season. ''I think it's one of those stretches that a hitter goes through. I don't think it has to do with his age (39). I saw him as good as I've ever seen him this spring. And he hit with power, too. It's still there. He'll go on one of those tears where you can't get him out for a week like he does.'' Helton had a pair of singles and a double. ... With Garland throwing 88 pitches, Colorado starters extended their streak of consecutive games without reaching 100 to 112. It is the longest such streak since records like that started being kept in 1988. ... The Padres continue their series with the Rockies on Saturday night with RHP Edison Volquez (0-2, 10.00 ERA) scheduled to face Colorado RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-0, 1.35).
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