Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Colorado leads 2-0 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Friday, April 18
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Colorado12
Game 2: Saturday, April 19
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Colorado10
Game 3: Sunday, April 20
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Colorado8

Padres 9

(7-11, 2-6 away)

Rockies 10

(11-7, 7-1 home)

    3:05 PM ET, April 19, 2003

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    SD 000300051 9 13 1
    COL 511000003 10 15 1

    W: S. Reed (2-0)

    L: B. Villafuerte (0-2)

    Rockies score three times in ninth to edge Padres

    DENVER (AP) -- Without Trevor Hoffman, the ninth inning is no sure thing for the San Diego Padres.

    Ronnie Belliard drove in the winning run with a squeeze bunt that capped a three-run, rally as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 10-9 Saturday after wasting a seven-run lead.

    Brandon Villafuerte, one of three relievers the Padres have been using to close, tried to hold a 9-7 margin in the ninth. Hoffman, San Diego's regular closer, is sidelined until the All-Star break following his second shoulder operation.

    "There were some strange things happening out there without him," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "It didn't help that we walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth and made some other mistakes."

    Trailing by two runs, the Rockies rallied for two runs off Villafuerte (0-2), who relieved Jesse Orosco to start the ninth inning and blew a save for the first time in three chances.

    Preston Wilson walked leading off and took third on a single by Jose Hernandez. Bobby Estalella hit an RBI grounder to second baseman Lou Merloni, who threw wildly to second for an error.

    Brent Butler bunted back to the pitcher, who got the forceout at third, and Chris Stynes, batting for Steve Reed (2-0), singled to right to drive in the tying run. Belliard then bunt to first, and Butler scored on the infield single as Klesko's throw went into the dugout.

    "Even if they didn't give me the sign, I was going to be looking for that, trying for a push run because they were playing for a double play," Belliard said.

    Rockies starter Nelson Cruz, trying to become the NL's first four-game winner, allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. Larry Walker had three RBIs for the Rockies, who outhit San Diego 15-13.

    Colorado improved to 7-1 at home but is just 4-6 on the road.

    Ryan Klesko homered twice and had five RBIs for San Diego, which overcame a 7-0 deficit to take a 9-7 lead only to lose its fourth straight. It was the 20th career multihomer game for Klesko.

    "The game came down to our lack of execution," said Mark Kotsay, who hit a two-run homer for the Padres. "We didn't execute fundamentally and had costly errors late in the game."

    Rain interrupted the game for 1 hour, 57 minutes in the bottom of the first. Colorado took a 5-0 lead in the inning.

    Walker hit a two-run single, Estalella hit a two-run double and Greg Norton had an RBI double. Walker tripled home a run in the second and Cruz had a two-out, run-scoring single in the third.

    Kotsay and Klesko hit consecutive homers in the fourth as the Padres closed to 7-3. Klesko greeted Todd Jones in the eighth with a three-run homer that made it 7-6. Jones then walked Rondell White, and Sean Burroughs homered off the top of the 20-foot wall in right to put San Diego ahead 8-7. Klesko added an RBI single in the ninth off Reed.

    San Diego's Jaret Wright pitched 1 1-3 innings in relief of starter Clay Condrey, who allowed seven runs and nine hits in four innings.

    Game notes
    Because of rain, both teams canceled batting practice. ... Padres C Michael Rivera made his first start this year. ... San Diego hit back-to-back homers for the first time this season. ... Padres RHP Luther Hackman continues to pitch despite a cut in the his right index finger. ... Estalella tied a club record by throwing out his fourth straight baserunner. ... Cruz, a career .069 hitter (2-for-29), had his second hit and RBI.

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