Padres score 4 in ninth, hold on to defeat Rockies, 8-7

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Baseball

DENVER -- The Padres won a game in extra innings in San Francisco on Thursday night and got to their hotel here around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

After some daytime sleeping, they went to the ballpark and got dressed and warmed up and participated in a pregame ceremony to commemorate the Rockies' home opener and then waited through a weather delay that never even threatened to feature any foul weather.

The game started 35 minutes late.

The Padres started their game six innings later.

They fell behind, took a lead, lost it, tied the game, fell behind again and then scored four runs with two outs in the ninth and held on to win 8-7 despite Kirby Yates not being able to survive the bottom of the inning.

Fernando Tatis Jr.'s solo home run just into the left-field bleachers off Rockies closer Wade Davis tied the game. Davis then walked Trent Grisham and intentionally walked Manny Machado. Tommy Pham made him pay by sending a full-count fastball 440 feet into the same left field seats to give the Padres an 8-5 lead.


Yates allowed three hits and walk to surrender a run and load the bases before walking Ryan McMahon to bring in another run. That brought manager Jayce Tingler out to remove Yates and insert Drew Pomeranz. The lefty nailed down his second save of the season by getting pinch-hitter Chris Owings on a fly ball to center field.

So it goes when baseball is played a mile high.

The assessment of a slow start by the Padres should not take anything away from the rarest of all events, a pitching duel for most of six innings at Coors Field between Jon Gray and Garrett Richards.

It was simply a different kind of game for the Padres, as they aggressively went after the strikes Gray was throwing.


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