Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Colorado won 2-1

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 9

(61-82, 23-47 away)

Rockies 4

(65-78, 41-30 home)

    3:05 PM ET, September 8, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: B. Lawrence (12-10)

    L: J. Jennings (16-7)

    S: T. Hoffman (36)

    Klesko hitting .397 with five HRs in last 17 games

    DENVER (AP) -- Despite a disappointing season for the San Diego Padres, Ryan Klesko remains motivated.

    "I've had some injuries this year and my back is sore, but I've made it a goal to finish strong,'' Klesko said. "I didn't swing the bat well the last few months of last year.''

    Klesko homered twice and helped Brian Lawrence win for the first time in five starts as the Padres ended a three-game losing streak with an 9-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

    "I don't like losing and I really miss being in the playoffs,'' said Klesko, who is hitting .397 with five homers and 15 RBI over his past 17 games. "I want this to carry over to next year and get me back into the playoffs.''

    Tom Lampkin added a two-run homer and drove in three runs as the Padres avoided being swept in the three-game series.

    Klesko, who had three hits, homered in the fifth and sixth innings for his third multihomer game of the year and 19th in his career.

    "Klesko is fun to watch when he gets into a groove,'' San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "He did a good job of carrying us today.''

    Klesko's second homer, a two-run shot off Jason Jennings (16-7) broke a 2-all tie in the six-run sixth inning and followed a one-out walk to Mark Kotsay.

    "Jennings didn't have his best stuff,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "I thought he was out of gas and let my heart get in the way and gave him a shot at getting Klesko out and try to get him through the inning and see if we could get him a 'W.'''

    Later in the inning Phil Nevin stole home on the back end of a double steal with Ron Gant stealing second base. Lampkin also homered to put the Padres ahead 8-2.

    The Rockies scored twice in the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Jack Cust hit an RBI single off Jason Shiell and Mike Holtz threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

    Holtz then walked Todd Zeile to re-load the bases before Trevor Hoffman came in and retired Sandy Alomar on a flyout to earn his 36th save in 38 chances.

    Lawrence (12-10) had lost his previous four starts and hadn't won since Aug. 14 against the New York Mets. Lawrence allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

    Jennings was roughed up five runs and five hits and issued a franchise record 10 walks. Gabe Kapler tied a career high with four hits as the Rockies had their three-game winning streak snapped.

    "I made some mistakes to him (Klesko), a couple to him,'' Jennings said. "Obviously, walking too many guys was the main problem.''

    Jennings walked six in the first four innings including Gant to open the fourth that led to a run. Bubba Trammell doubled to left and Sean Burroughs was walked intentionally to load the bases. Gant scored when Lampkin flied out to left.

    Klesko homered to right on the first pitch of the fifth inning.

    The Rockies tied it at 2 with a two-out rally in their half of the fifth. Jennings, Juan Pierre and Kapler had successive singles and Jennings and Pierre scored when Gant let Kapler's grounder get past him in left field and roll to the wall.

    Game notes


    The Padres hadn't had a steal of home since Mike Darr stole home on Sept. 11, 2000. ... Lampkin matched a career high with his ninth home run. ... The Padres equaled a season high with two homers in an inning. ... Mark Kotsay was robbed of a hit by a diving stop by 2B Brent Butler in the fourth inning. ... The Rockies won the season series 11-8. ... Larry Walker was walked three times by Lawrence. ... The game drew a franchise-low 25,706.

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