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Padres come back on Rockies again, split crazy series at Coors

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Baseball

DENVER -- The Padres trailed by three runs as the ninth inning began Sunday under a gray sky at the ballpark that breaks spirits.

The Padres and Rockies had already scored 88 runs in four days, same as the Dodgers and Phillies did in a May series 90 years ago.

Fernando Tatis Jr. came to the plate a home run shy of the cycle and lined out to right field.

Then Eric Hosmer walked and Manny Machado did, too.

Hunter Renfroe, who already had two homers on Sunday and five in the series, hit a long fly ball that was caught in center field.

It was almost over. But of course it wasn't.

The Padres would mount their second ninth-inning comeback in three days and beat the Rockies 14-13 because this happened:

Wil Myers ripped a single to left field that scored Hosmer. Greg Garcia hit his second triple of the game, which tied it at 13.

Rockies closer Wade Davis was done. In came Jon Gray, who started Thursday in the first game of a series that would go on to see records break and tempers flare and water bubble from the ground and fall from the sky.

The Rockies issued intentional walks to Josh Naylor and pinch-hitter Austin Allen to bring up pinch-hitter Matt Strahm, who had been the Padres starting pitcher Thursday and gotten two singles off Gray.

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