Walker leads Colorado comeback


DENVER (AP) -- San Diego manager Bruce Bochy played the
percentages, but Larry Walker is forcing some recalculations.

In the seventh inning, Bochy brought in lefty reliever Alan
Embree to face the left-handed hitting Walker.

Walker responded with a two-run single, and Todd Zeile added an
RBI single as the Colorado Rockies rallied to a 7-6 win on Tuesday

``Late in ballgames, I prefer to see the manager bring the lefty
in,'' Walker said. ``I just stay in better against lefties. I pull
out against righties, but against lefties I stay in there and put
the ball in play.''

Walker subsequently went to second on catcher Tom Lampkin's
passed ball, and Zeile broke the tie with a single to center.

It capped an emotional 48 hours for Zeile, whose wife, Julianne,
gave birth to the couple's third child, son Ian, early Monday.

Zeile was feeling responsible for the Rockies falling behind
after committing a costly error in the fourth and lining out with a
runner in scoring position in the fifth.

``I was glad to see us come back and pull that one out,'' he
said. ``That was the most positive thing, coming back late.''

Bochy said his team suffered ``some bad luck in the seventh
inning. The ball bounced their way. We made a mistake on the passed
ball. It was a cross-up. That turned out to be a big play.''

Another big play was Juan Pierre's dribbler, the second hit in
the inning.

``The swinging bunt was what killed us,'' Bochy said. ``Then
they got the sacrifice down and they found some holes in the
infield. There's not much you can do.''

Walker also homered, driving in three runs. Todd Helton and Todd
Hollandsworth also hit homers for the Rockies.

San Diego's Dennis Tankersley, making his third big league start
and seeking his first win after making the jump from Double-A
Mobile, weathered three early home runs. He went five innings,
allowing five hits and four runs, and departed with a 6-4 lead.

Pinch-hitter Brent Butler led off the seventh with a single
against Steve Reed. Pierre singled and both advanced on Juan
Uribe's sacrifice bunt. Walker greeted Embree (3-2) with a two-run
single to center.

Justin Speier (1-0) pitched the seventh for the win. Jose
Jimenez worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save in as many

Speier, Jimenez, Rick White and Todd Jones combined to pitch 4
1-3 scoreless innings.

The Rockies took a 3-0 lead on solo home runs by Walker, Helton
and Hollandsworth.

Walker and Helton hit back-to-back, two-out shots in the first --
Walker's ninth and Helton's 10th. Hollandsworth led off the second
with his fourth homer.

San Diego went ahead against starter Jason Jennings in the
fourth, scratching out four runs -- two earned -- on four hits and
two errors.

Mark Kotsay led off with a single, and Ryan Klesko doubled.
Bubba Trammell's groundout produced one run, and Deivi Cruz's
single scored another. Sean Burroughs singled, and both runners
moved up on left fielder Hollandsworth's error.

Trenidad Hubbard grounded to short to score another run, and
shortstop Uribe's throw to third baseman Zeile was dropped for an
error. The fourth run scored on Lampkin's groundout.

The Rockies tied it in their half on Jennings' RBI single.

San Diego made it 6-4 in the fifth, chasing Jennings. Kotsay
walked, Klesko had an infield single and Cruz hit a two-run double
over the head of Hollandsworth.

Jennings, who had won three straight decisions, went 4 2-3
innings, allowing seven hits and six runs -- four earned.

Game notes
The Padres activated OF Ron Gant from the disabled list
(broken finger) and optioned INF Alex Pelaez to Triple-A Portland.
... Rockies coach Mike Gallego took over the third-base coaching
duties for Toby Harrah, who was attending his son's high school
graduation in Texas. ... Colorado began a stretch of 16 games in as
many days against NL West rivals.