Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Colorado leads 2-0 (as of 9/7)

Game 1: Friday, September 6
San Diego 3Final
Colorado 7
Game 2: Saturday, September 7
San Diego 3Final
Colorado 5
Game 3: Sunday, September 8
San Diego 9Final
Colorado 4

Padres 3

(60-82, 22-47 away)

Rockies 5

(65-77, 41-29 home)

    3:05 PM ET, September 7, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: K. Mercker (2-0)

    L: M. Holtz (2-2)

    S: J. Jimenez (37)

    Payton's two-run double keys eighth-inning rally

    DENVER (AP) -- Jay Payton has learned one valuable lesson about hitting in Coors Field: There is a jet stream going directly toward the bullpens in right-center field that keep balls from the quickest outfielders.

    Jay Payton
    Payton

    Payton rode the wind for a two-run double that keyed a four-run rally against four relievers in the eighth inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 Saturday.

    "Mark Kotsay can run them down so I put it in the right spot,'' said Payton, who is hitting .370 with 26 RBI in 34 games since being traded from the Mets to the Rockies. "I got it right up in that little jet stream where it tailed away from Kotsay and he couldn't catch up with it.''

    The Rockies won their third in a row and sent San Diego to its third straight loss.

    "I was glad to have a chance to redeem myself,'' Payton said. "I misplayed a ball hit by Ryan Klesko earlier in the game and then Bubba Trammell hit a home run.''

    Trailing 2-1, Juan Pierre drew a leadoff walk from Brandon Villafuerte to open the eighth inning. Pierre scored the tying run on Larry Walker's double off Mike Holtz (2-2).

    "You can't make mistakes in this park like walking the leadoff man and get away with it,'' San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "You have to make Pierre hit his way on.''

    After Holtz loaded the bases with a pair of walks, Payton greeted Jonathan Johnson with a line-drive double into the gap in right-center field.

    Greg Norton drew a bases-loaded walk from Mike Bynum for a 5-2 lead.

    "I wasn't hoping to win it in the ninth. Not with Trevor Hoffman out there,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've contributed a lot to his 349 saves.''

    The Rockies got seven strong innings from Denny Stark, who gave up two runs and four hits. He hasn't lost in his last five starts dating to Aug. 11.

    Kent Mercker (2-0) worked a perfect eighth inning for the win. Jose Jimenez gave up an unearned run and got his 37th save. The Padres wasted an outstanding effort by Oliver Perez, who limited the Rockies to two hits over the first seven innings.

    Perez struck out five, walked four and allowed only an unearned run. He is winless in his last six starts despite giving up only 13 earned runs over 37 1/3 innings.

    "I was still feeling good when I came out,'' Perez said. "I wasn't tired at all.''

    Trammell hit his 17th homer and drove in three runs for the Padres.

    The Rockies got an unearned run in the first when Jason Romano drew a leadoff walk and scored on Wiki Gonzalez's passed ball.

    Stark didn't allow a Padres runner past first base until Ryan Klesko doubled to open the fourth. Two outs later, Trammell homered.

    Game notes


    Both teams chose not to take batting practice. ... The Padres have turned 16 more double plays (143) than they did all last year. ... San Diego continued to give Perez limited support. During his past six starts, the Padres have scored one or fewer runs three times. Stark didn't get the decision, but is 7-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 starts at Coors Field. ... Jason Romano got his first NL hit, a bunt single, in the eighth inning.

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