Series: Game 3 of 4

San Diego leads 2-1 (as of 5/29)

Game 1: Monday, May 27
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San Diego 8
Game 2: Tuesday, May 28
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in 12
San Diego 2
Game 3: Wednesday, May 29
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San Diego 11
Game 4: Thursday, May 30
Colorado 4Final
San Diego 2

Rockies 3

(27-26, 8-16 away)

Padres 11

(25-28, 17-8 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 29, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    W: J. Middlebrook (1-1)

    L: D. Stark (3-1)

    Nevin hurts left arm making diving catch

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres gained a victory, but at a potentially large cost.

    Brian Tollberg

    Phil Nevin

    On a night when Phil Nevin and Brian Tollberg were lost to injuries, rookie reliever Jason Middlebrook provided a huge lift with seven shutout innings, leading the Padres to an 11/3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

    But Middlebrook's sparkling outing and a beefed-up offense were lost in the wake of the injuries.

    "For getting a win, that's a rough way to go,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

    Nevin left the game in the seventh inning with a left rotator cuff contusion after making a diving stop on Todd Zeile's one-hop grounder. Nevin is scheduled to have an MRI test on Thursday.

    Tollberg, who left the game with a sprained right elbow, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to general manager Kevin Towers. Tollberg was removed in the third inning after throwing a curveball to Zeile.

    Tollberg said he "felt a twinge'' in his elbow on a pitch to Juan Uribe, three batters before Zeile.

    Towers also announced after the game that rookie third baseman Sean Burroughs (right shoulder) will also be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

    Nevin was just activated off the disabled list Monday after missing 14 games with a strained left elbow. Nevin moved back to his former position at third base, replacing Burroughs, after beginning the season at first base.

    "When it rains, it pours,'' said Padres' Mark Kotsay. "But all you can do is show up tomorrow and get after it. Teams are not going to feel sorry for us.''

    Middlebrook (1-1) relieved Tollberg with the bases loaded and no outs. He allowed Zeile's sacrifice fly and an RBI single to Todd Hollandsworth before getting out of the inning.

    Middlebrook, who appeared in four games -- including three starts -- last season for San Diego, allowed four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Middlebrook also went 2-for-2 and scored a run.

    "It was important that I come in and pick the bullpen up,'' Middlebrook said. "We had some guys that needed the rest, so I was just glad to be able to contribute.''

    Middlebrook "gave them a big shot in the arm,'' said Colorado manager Clint Hurdle.

    Dennis Stark (3-1) allowed eight runs -- six earned -- on five hits. The right-hander also gave up seven walks, walking four of the first five batters he faced, including Ray Lankford with the bases loaded to give San Diego a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

    "I would have great movement on a pitch and it would almost move too much,'' Stark said.

    Kotsay hit a three-run homer in the Padres' second. His second-deck homer was the 35th in Qualcomm Stadium's 34-year history.

    Nevin drove in two runs off Brian Fuentes with a sixth-inning single for an 8-3 lead. The Padres loaded the bases against Stark on Middlebrook's one-out single and consecutive walks to Kotsay and Ramon Vazquez. D'Angelo Jimenez added a two-run single and Ryan Klesko an RBI single in the eighth.

    Game notes

    Middlebrook's previous longest appearances came in a pair of six-inning starts last season against Los Angeles, accounting for his previous two major league wins. ... ... Stark was attempting to become just the third Rockies pitcher to win his first four starts. ... Padres SS Deivi Cruz extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.

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