With one on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Padres trailing 3-1, Khalil Greene came to the dish. On a 2-1 count, Greene connected with a pitch from Colorado closer Shawn Chacon and tied the game, sending it into extra innings before the Friars came out on top in the tenth, a 4-3 victory.
Khalil Greene had doubled in Jay Payton in the second, supplying the Padres with the first three RBI’s of the game. His hit in the ninth was his second homer of the season. Greene went 5-11 in Colorado with four RBI’s.
The deciding run came in the tenth when Mark Loretta reached on an infield single, moved over to third on a Brian Giles knock and came home on a sacrifice fly from Phil Nevin. Nevin drove in five runs in the series.
Trevor Hoffman shut the Rockies down in the bottom of the tenth for his 12th save. He has not allowed a run in 14-of-15 outings this year. Akinori Otsuka got the win, his fourth of the year. He leads Padres’ relievers in victories and ERA (1.54).
Justin Germano started the second game of his career and had to perform in the Colorado air, known for inflating ERA’s. The youngster went six innings without surrendering an earned run. He did allow two runs, both coming in the bottom of the second when Ramon Hernandez threw high to third on a bunt attempt and Greene booted another ball. He did walk five but gave up just three hits.
Germano did take part in a comical affair in the fifth. On a 3-1 count, Germano headed off to first base thinking he drew a walk, not realizing the count. Two pitches later he had struck out.
Scott Linebrink surrendered a homer to Jeromy Burnitz in the eighth to make the score 3-1.
With the victory the Padres won their ninth series of the season, their fourth on the road, and their second of three series on their current road trip. The 2003 Padres did not register their ninth series victory until taking the second of three games from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31, 2003 or 109 games into the season.
It was the first series win at Coors Field since June 25-27, 2001 (2-of-3).
The Padres will move onto the last leg of the current road trip in Milwaukee. They are 5-4 so far on the trip. Brian Lawrence will get the start in game one with Dennis Tankersley getting his first start of the year in game two. Ismael Valdez will round out the rotation on Sunday.