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Jay Payton

Posted May 26, 2004

Jay Payton made a successful return to Coors Field, going 4-for-5 with four RBI’s, including a two run home run. Miguel Ojeda hit his first homer of the season and drove in three. Every Padre regular except Brian Giles had a hit in the game. And the bullpen was excellent, beginning with Dennis Tankersley and ending with Brandon Puffer, they gave up no runs in six innings of work.

The Padres loaded the bases in the fifth and ex-Rockie Jay Payton came through. He smoked a single over the shortstops head to score two runs and bring the Padres within one, 6-5. Ryan Klesko followed with a single just out of reach of the shortstop to score Nevin and tie the score at 6-6.

Khalil Greene took an 0-2 pitch and lined a single to give the Padres the lead 7-6 in the seventh inning.

The Friars extended that lead to 8-6 when Nevin doubled down the right field line to score Mark Loretta. Jay Payton followed with a laser out of the park to put them up 10-6.

Royce Clayton hit a rocket out of the yard in the bottom of the first to give the Rockies an early 1-0 lead.

After Phil Nevin singled off the top of the right field wall, Miguel Ojeda took a ball out over the plate to the opposite field and drove it out of the park for his first homer of the year and first since last August.

The Rox quickly countered. After an inning opening walk to Matt Holliday, Charles Johnson doubled into the left-center gap to drive him in and tie the score at 2-2. After a ground out, the pitcher Joe Kennedy doubled in Johnson. Luis Gonzalez then singled in Kennedy and the Rockies had a 4-2 lead. Gonzalez moved to second when Ojeda missed the ball at home and Ismael Valdez did not back him up. Mark Sweeney then hit a stand up triple down the right field line, making the score 5-2.

Ojeda plated another run with a single in the fourth that drove in Jay Payton.

A wild pitch on Dennis Tankersley scored one and gave the Rockies back their three run lead at 6-3.

Loretta hit a sac fly in the ninth to increase the lead to 11-6.


Sweeney hit just his fifth career triple since entering the league in 1995.

The Padres and Rockies will face each other 19 times this season beginning with the current three-game set at Coors Field. The Padres will host the Rockies in their first visit to PETCO Park next week from May 31-June 2.

San Diego is batting .300 (75-for-250) with nine home runs and eleven doubles on the trip while scoring 48 runs (6.9 runs per game).

The Rockies lead the all-time series, 80-77, with wins in eight of the last 12 games. The Padres went 43-35 at Qualcomm Stadium and are 34-43 at Coors Field. The Padres were 45-41 during the 1990s vs. Colorado and are six games under .500 (32-38) during the 2000s.

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