May 18: Padres (21-24) 6, Rockies (25-20) 8 – F/10
After LaTroy Hawkins coughed up a two-run lead in the ninth for his first blown save of the season, Justin Morneau saved the day for the Colorado Rockies with a walk-off homer in the 10th against the San Diego Padres. Colorado took the game 8-6.
In the top of the first, Seth Smith got the ball rolling for the Padres with a solo home run to center for a 1-0 lead.
The Rockies bounced right back with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the third. Charlie Blackmon singled home a pair of runs before Corey Dickerson knocked a 1-1 offering from Donn Roach over the left-field wall for a two-run HR, giving the Rockies a 4-1 cushion.
The two teams battled back and forth with a few scattered runs until the fifth when Troy Tulowitzki homered to start the inning for the Rockies. Rene Rivera answered with a solo homer of his own in the top half of the sixth for the Padres.
Leading by just one run, the Rockies added a run to their lead on an RBI single from Carlos Gonzalez in the bottom of the seventh.
Sitting at 6-4 in the top half of the ninth, Colorado closer Hawkins surrendered a one-out, two-run shot to Everth Cabrera for his first blown save of the year. With the Rockies unable to score in the bottom half of the inning, the game was sent to extras.
Nick Masset set down the Padres 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th to set the game up for Morneau’s heroics with two outs in bottom half of the inning. Morneau worked a full count against Dale Thayer and sent the sixth pitch of the at-bat over the center-field wall for the 8-6 win.
Juan Nicasio got the no-decision for the Rockies in his six innings of work. He surrendered four runs and nine hits.