San Diego (74-74) at Colorado (61-87)

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  • Game info: 8:35 pm EDT Mon Sep 19, 2005
  • TV: Ch4, FSRM
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Three dramatic victories in four games tells the San Diego Padres that, despite their mediocre record, they’re doing something right.

San Diego will try to further distance itself from the rest of the mediocre NL West when it begins a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies.

Miguel Olivo raced home on an error in the ninth inning and the NL West-leading Padres rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Sunday to climb back to .500.

The Padres took two of three from the Nationals and maintained a 5 1/2 -game lead over San Francisco and reduced its magic number to nine for clinching baseball’s worst division.

“Shoot, hopefully these two miracles in one week, and then today, battling back, will springboard us into just playing good team ball,” said Robert Fick, who was part of the winning rally.

“We know we have some hope here,” Fick said. “We know we have the right guys. We just have to execute and we did that.”

The string of thrilling wins started Wednesday in San Francisco with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings. Sean Burroughs hit a tying, two-run double with two outs in the ninth, and Brian Giles won it with an RBI single in the 10th.

On Saturday night, the Padres trailed 5-0 with two outs in the ninth before tying it with a five-run rally capped by Khalil Greene’s grand slam. Ramon Hernandez won it in the 12th with a three-run homer.

After getting seven strong innings from right-hander Pedro Astacio, the Padres won Sunday with small ball.

San Diego will travel to Arizona for three games before finishing the season with a seven-game homestand.

Colorado has been playing well lately, winning four of its last five games. The Rockies took two of three from Arizona over the weekend, including Sunday’s 7-1 victory.

Jeff Francis faced the minimum 18 batters through six scoreless innings, and Garrett Atkins drove in three runs.

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