Jordan Pacheco went 3 for 6 with 4 RBI, including the winning run, as the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres 8-6 in 12 innings Saturday night at Petco Park in San Diego’s Gas Lamp District. Michael Cuddyer, who went 4 for 5 and scored three times, singled with one out in the top of the final inning. He moved into scoring position on a nicely executed sacrifice by reliever Carlos Torres and scored on Pacheco’s ground single to left field. The Padres’ Alexi Amarista, who played all three outfield positions, fielded the ball and fired home, but Cuddyer, running full-tilt on the crack of the bat, beat the throw that sailed inside the plate. Pacheco moved-up to second on the throw and came-around with an insurance run when catcher Ramon Hernandez, 2 for 6 with 2 RBI, looped a soft single to center. Rafael Betancourt came-on for Colorado in the bottom of the inning and retired San Diego in order.
Tyler Colvin went 2 for 5 with an RBI for the Rockies and added a game saving catch in the bottom of the ninth, ranging far to his left and laying full-out to snare pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay’s low slicing fly down the right-field line. Colorado doubled-up San Diego’s Everth Cabrera, who ran on contact and brain-cramped between third base and the plate when Colvin made the catch. Shortstop Josh Rutledge was
2 for 6 and also drove in a run.
Will Venable, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth for the Padres and stayed in the game defensively in right, equaled the Colvin catch with a near match, laying-out just inside the same foul line to rob Colorado second-baseman Marco Scutaro of a run-scoring drive in the 11th.
San Diego ran-out to a 2-0 lead on the Rockies’ Jeff Francis with three straight hits to open the game. Francis, knocked-around a bit for the first time since his debut start against LAAo’A, nevertheless pitched a steady five innings. Jesus Guzman touched him for a solo homer in the third, and led-off the fifth with a ground-triple that virtually dribbled down the left field line line and into the corner before Carlo Gonzalez could track it down. Guzman scored when Cabrera followed with a double to Gonzalez. After pitcher Nick Vincent struck-out, center-fielder Chris Denorfia plated Cabrera on a single to right. The Rockies executed a rare fundamentally sound play on the throw toward the plate, with first-baseman Cuddyer cutting-off Colvin’s heave and nabbing Denorfia at second trying for an extra base. Francis struck-out Chase Headley with his 80th and last pitch to end the inning after another single by Logan Forsythe.
Adam Ottavino got four outs and Rex Brothers struck-out both hitters he faced to negotiate the sixth and seventh, but Matt Belisle gave-up the tie-run in the eighth when Carlos Quentin doubled with two out and Yasmani Grandal singled.
Colorado had moved-out to a 4-3 lead in the fourth against Padres’ starter Kip Wells, who handled the Rockies with ease through three. With one-out Gonzalez reached on an error by Forsythe, then Wells walked Cuddyer, and Colvin singled to load the bases. Pacheco delivered the first of his hits, driving in Gonzalez and Cuddyer with a soft fly ball to center-field. Hernandez followed with a single that scored Colvin to tie the score 3-3, then Rutledge put Colorado ahead with a single to right. The Rockies scored two more in the next inning with two outs when Cuddyer doubled and scored on a Colvin single, then Pacheco knocked Colvin home with a double in the left-field corner.
Belisle pitched a perfect ninth and Torres got the win with perfect 10th and 11ths, then Betancourt earned the save in the 12th. It was a disappointing finish for the crowd of 37,174, which also got treated to fireworks after an entertaining game.
The National League West rivals get back together tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 MDT, with lefty Christian Friedrich (5-7, 5.85) going for the Rockies against San Diego right-hander Russ Ohlendorf (3-0, 5.87). Root Sports will carry the television broadcast for Colorado fans with radio on KOA 850 am.