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PADRES 2, ROCKIES 1 (10) Giles feeds off rookie The San Diego veteran nails a double to right-center in the 10th inning to keep


PADRES 2, ROCKIES 1 (10) Giles feeds off rookie The San Diego veteran nails a double to right-center in the 10th inning to keep
SAN DIEGO - The mosh pit formed quickly at second base, the Padres expressing celebration as much as relief.

With one swat by Brian Giles, San Diego won 2-1 in 10 innings, snapping a six-game losing streak and leaving the Rockies 0-8 in one-run games.

"Once again, we just can't find enough to win a game," Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.

The loss was an intersection of a star and an inspiring newcomer, denying the Rockies a winning road trip. Giles, the Padres' most accomplished player, doubled to right-center off rookie reliever Matt Daley.

Two weeks ago, Daley wasn't on the Rockies' roster. By Tuesday, he was a feel-good story, the sleeves-rolled-up kid from Bucknell. He pitched impressively in the ninth inning. And surprisingly came back out for the 10th as Jason Grilli warmed up in the bullpen.

Hurdle said he stuck with Daley because he was so efficient in the ninth.

A walk to pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez sabotaged the right-hander when he left a fastball center-cut to Giles.

The Rockies were once again in position to win because of their catcher. All Chris Iannetta does is hit home runs. Of his 12 hits this season, six have reached the seats, including another second-deck shot in the eighth inning off Padres starter Josh Geer.

There was something to glean from the game beyond the box score. Forget Tulowitzki. Tulo returned Wednesday. What he did with his glove was the equivalent of Clark Kent taking off his wire-rim glasses or Bruce Banner turning a few shades of lime. In the fifth inning, he made arguably his best defensive play since his Tim Tebow jump throw at Dodger Stadium in 2007.

With the Rockies trailing 1-0 and Giles at first base, David Eckstein splintered a broken- bat roller toward the hole. Tulowitzki snared it and threw an off-balance dart to Todd Helton. Garrett Atkins' attempt at the groundball left no one covering third, which Giles keenly recognized. He raced toward third, but Tulowitzki, his momentum taking him that way, beat him there and scooped a Helton throw for the rare 6-3-6 double play.

Replays showed that Giles beat the tag, but the statistics do not. Tulowitzki followed with a diving double-play flip in the sixth inning to Ian Stewart, who barehanded the ball to complete the turn.

That the Padres held a 1-0 lead was a source of interest and disappointment. They loaded the bases in the first with one out and managed only one run on a sacrifice fly by Jody Gerut.

Aaron Cook had his heavy sinker, the one that acts like a manhole cover falling off a bridge. It was further evidence that his mechanics, namely a slight overstride in his delivery, are fixed. Cook worked eight innings, allowing just five hits, lowering his lifetime ERA against the Padres to 2.71 in 144 1/3 innings.

Problem was Geer was just as good. In one of the best performances of his career, Geer, a poor man's Cook, surrendered a single run in eight innings. He handed it over to the bullpen, which has gone from "Hell's Bells" to Heath Bell. Working for just the second time in the last 14 games, he muzzled the Rockies for two innings.

Troy E. Renck: 303-954-1301 or trenck@denverpost.com


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 6, 2009

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