Recap: Padres 7, Rockies 3
Turning point:After scoring a run in the fifth, the Padres kept grinding away in the sixth against Jason Marquis, scoring three runs to take a 5-3 lead. Marquis issued four walks, one intentional, to the eight batters he faced in the inning, and the Padres hit just two balls out of the infield _ Adrian Gonzalez’s leadoff double and a sacrifice fly by Tony Gwynn Jr. which scored the second run of the inning. The first scored on Nick Hundley’s infield single and the third came home when Marquis issued a bases-loaded walk to Everth Cabrera, the final batter he faced.
At the plate: The Rockies scored their three runs in the fourth, which began with walks toand . Both scored on a triple by Garrett Atkins, who scored when grounded out. …Helton, 1-for-1 with three walks, and Tulowitzki, 2-for-2 with two walks, reached base a total of eight times. …The Rockies struck out 13 times, 11 swinging, and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They had runners at first and second with no out in the sixth and were leading 3-2 when Adam Russell, who ended up the winning pitcher, threw called third strikes past Atkins and Ryan Spilborghs and got Yorvit Torrealba to pop out. …Wil Venable hit an opposite-field home run in the second for the Padres, who scored on each of their final at-bats. …Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5, finishing a home run shy of the cycle.
On the mound: Marquis, who took the mound with a 2.22 career ERA at Petco Park, lost fastball command as the game went on and left after throwing just 62 of 112 pitches for strikes and giving up eight hits and four walks, one intentional, and five runs in 5 2/3 innings. …Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed three hits, three walks and three runs in five innings with eight strikeouts. He struck out the final five batters he faced before being lifted for pinch hitter Edgar Gonazalez, who singled home a run with one out in the fifth to cut the Rockies lead to 3-2. …Four Padres relievers combined to limit the Rockies to three singles over the final four innings.
Numbers game: 9 runs and 30 strikeouts for the Rockies while losing two of three games to the Padres to finish the season 5-4 at Petco Park.