San Diego (75-74) at Colorado (61-88)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Denver, CO, US
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  • Game info: 8:35 pm EDT Tue Sep 20, 2005
  • TV: Ch4, FSRM
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Khalil Greene has been fueling the San Diego Padres’ stretch run to the postseason.

Greene looks to help the Padres move closer to a division crown as they continue their four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Greene hit two homers, including a game-winning solo shot in the ninth, in the Padres’ 8-7 win over the Rockies on Monday. Greene, who has four career multi-homer games, has gone 8-for-13 (.615) with seven RBIs and three homers during the Padres’ three-game winning streak.

“He is playing inspiring ball for us right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Padres, who came from behind for the third straight game, moved just one game over .500, but increased their lead in the weak National League West to six games over San Francisco.

“I think these are the kind of games that you see in the playoffs,” said Greene, who hit a ninth inning grand slam in San Diego’s 8-5 win over Washington two days earlier. “And the teams there have an ability to come from behind and win games. You have to be able to do that to compete. We weren’t doing that at one point, but we are having some success at it again.”

Brian Giles also homered for San Diego. The Padres had not been above .500 since a loss to Los Angeles on Sept. 11 dropped the team to 71-71. They have hovered around .500 since July, but have been in first place since May 25.

Todd Helton went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI for the Rockies, who were officially knocked out of playoff contention. Colorado, which owns the worst record in the National League, is 25-21 since July 31, sixth best in the majors over that span.

The Rockies committed three errors—two by shortstop Clint Barmes and another by second baseman Aaron Miles—to bring its NL-leading total to 111.

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