The Colorado Rockies are one of the hottest teams in baseball. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki leads the National League in average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. At this pace, he will only need 560 at bats to become the Rockies' single-season hits leader. He and the Rockies have been surging lately, and are only three games behind the Giants in the National League West standings.
Although Tulowitzki went deep in this game, it was Justin Morneau who served as the hero. With one on and two out in the bottom of the tenth inning, Morneau took Dale Thayer deep to center field, walking the Rockies off to victory. The Padres took an early lead in the first inning, but after the Rockies scored four runs the bottom of the third, capped by a Charlie Blackmon home run, it was the Padres who were playing catch up for the rest of the game. They did a good job of it, scoring two in the top of the fourth, making it a 4-3 game. Troy Tulowitzki hit a homer in the fifth, at the time giving the Rockies an 80.3% chance to win the game. But the Padres were not done. Rene Rivera homered to left in the sixth, and after the Rockies scored once more, Everth Cabrera hit a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth. But, Justin Morneau completed the job.
The Padres' Donn Roach allowed four runs on four hits while walking two and striking out none in three innings. He took a no decision. Will Venable, Cabrera, and Rivera led the team with two hits each. Cabrera and Rivera each drove in two. For the Rockies, Juan Nicasio went six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking just one. DJ LeMahieu led the team with three hits, and three players led the team with two runs batted in.
Rockies 8, Padres 6 (Final 10)