Final in 12

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/28)

Game 1: Monday, May 27
Colorado 5Final
San Diego 8
Game 2: Tuesday, May 28
Colorado 3Final
in 12
San Diego 2
Game 3: Wednesday, May 29
Colorado 3Final
San Diego 11
Game 4: Thursday, May 30
Colorado 4Final
San Diego 2

Rockies 3

(27-25, 8-15 away)

Padres 2

(24-28, 16-8 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 28, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    SD 00000200000 2 - -

    W: J. Jimenez (1-2)

    L: J. Fikac (3-4)

    S: J. Speier (1)

    Estalella says he wasn't even trying for homer

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Until Bobby Estalella's dramatic home run with two outs in the top of the 12th inning, the Colorado Rockies could count their hits on one hand.

    Bobby Estalella
    Estalella

    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 pop up.

    ``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 sacrifice fly.

    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.

    In the third, right fielder Mark Sweeney tried to make a sliding catch of Brent Butler's sinking liner, but the ball bounced past him for a triple. Butler scored on Thomson's sacrifice fly.

    Thomson allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked two.

    Game notes


    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.

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