Estalella left no doubt on his game-winning hit, driving a pitch
into the left field seats to give the Rockies a 3-2 victory over
San Diego on Tuesday night, their seventh win in eight games.
Estalella, the Rockies' catcher, was a little out in front on
the first pitch from Jeremy Fikac (3-4), hitting a long foul ball.
Fikac came back with another slider and Estalella connected.
``I wasn't trying for a home run,'' Estalella said. ``If I did,
I wouldn't have gotten it.''
Estalella has six homers in 13 games, and for the season he has
two more RBIs -- 17 -- than hits.
``It's a huge lift,'' left fielder Todd Hollandsworth said.
``Guys are dragging their bats up there. We were playing a long
time but we weren't really getting anything done up until the home
run. We didn't have any runners on or anything.''
Jose Jimenez (1-2) held the Padres to three hits in two innings,
striking out four. Justin Speier got Deivi Cruz to foul out with
runners on first and second for his first career save. San Diego
stranded 14 runners overall.
The Padres had a great chance to win it in the bottom of the
11th, but their catcher, Tom Lampkin, was thrown out at home by
Hollandsworth. Lampkin, trying to score on Ramon Vazquez's slicing
liner to left, got a slow jump off second. Hollandsworth's perfect
throw to Estalella got him by about two steps.
``It was a big play for us,'' Estalella said. ``It was a great
throw. It was right on the money.''
Lampkin, who hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh, singled
with one out in the 11th. Lampkin matched his career high with
three hits and reached base all five at-bats. He also walked twice.
Lampkin, the No. 8 hitter, drove an 0-1 pitch from John Thomson
into the right-field seats to tie the game at 2 in the seventh. His
third homer also scored Cruz, who hit a leadoff double.
Padres starter Brett Tomko pitched brilliantly, allowing just
four hits in eight innings, but didn't get the decision. He allowed
two runs -- one earned -- while striking out six and walking one.
Tomko was coming off a 13-6 loss to the Rockies on Thursday in
Denver, when he was forced out after getting hit on the left calf
by Todd Zeile's comebacker.
Thomson dodged a huge jam in the Padres' sixth, stranding
runners on second and third by getting three straight batters to
``We had all the opportunities in the world; we just didn't get
it done,'' said cleanup hitter Phil Nevin, who was 0-for-6 and
committed an error.
``That's one we let get away,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ``We
just did not play good ball tonight and it cost us.''
The Rockies took a 2-0 lead through three innings thanks to some
sloppy fielding by the Padres. Larry Walker and Thomson each hit a
Nevin committed his second error in as many games since coming
off the disabled list on Monday and taking over at third base in
place of struggling rookie Sean Burroughs. It led to the Rockies'
first run in the first.
Nevin misjudged his leap for Juan Uribe's liner and the ball
glanced off his glove and rolled into left field for a two-base
error. Nevin stood several feet off the bag and stared in disbelief
as left fielder Ray Lankford retrieved the ball, allowing Uribe to
take third. He scored on Walker's sacrifice fly. Nevin originally
was charged with two errors on the play, but the official scorer
later took away the second error.
Thomson allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck
out three and walked two.
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said it's more than likely that
Burroughs will be sent down to Triple-A Portland on Thursday when
Jones comes off the disabled list. Burroughs pinch-hit for Tomko in
the eighth, striking out with runners on first and second to end
the inning. ... Rockies LHP Denny Neagle said he'll be OK to make
his scheduled start Thursday against Padres RHP Bobby Jones. Neagle
left Saturday's game against San Francisco after being hit on the left knee by a line drive by Benito Santiago.