Series: Game 1 of 3

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 5/21)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 21
San Diego 6Final
Colorado 7
Game 2: Wednesday, May 22
San Diego 3Final
Colorado 5
Game 3: Thursday, May 23
San Diego 3Final
Colorado 16

Padres 6

(22-23, 7-16 away)

Rockies 7

(21-24, 14-10 home)

    9:05 PM ET, May 21, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: J. Speier (1-0)

    L: A. Embree (3-2)

    S: J. Jimenez (10)

    Walker leads Colorado comeback

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

    Larry Walker
    Right Field
    Colorado Rockies
    38 9 32 26 4 .297

    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 night.

    ``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 opportunities.

    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.

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