DENVER (AP)—Rookie Khalil Greene left Coors Field feeling much better than when he arrived.
Greene, who entered in a 6-for-32 slide, hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning and Phil Nevin had a sacrifice fly in the 10th, lifting the San Diego Padres over the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Thursday.
“He had been struggling until he got here,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We fattened him up in three games.”
Greene was 5-for-11 with a homer and three RBIs in his stay Denver.
“Greeny saved us,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’re down two in the ninth and the way the game ended, he does a good job and saved us today.”
The Rockies fell to 0-5 in extra innings this season. San Diego outhit Colorado 13-4.
Greene connected with one out off Shawn Chacon for his second homer this season. Greene doubled earlier and finished with three RBIs.
“He was throwing pretty much fastballs,” Greene said. “I was just to see the ball up, because he was keeping it down a little bit on me and trying to get something up and drive it.”
Rockies starter Aaron Cook was in position to improve to 6-0 in 12 starts at Coors Field until Greene homered. Cook allowed one run and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Chacon, who blew his third save opportunity in 13 chances, was disappointed.
“Cook pitches well and the bullpen gets me a two-run lead, so you bet I’m discouraged,” Chacon said. “I was throwing a fastball away. Obviously, it wasn’t away but ran back over the plate.”
Padres starter Justin Germano gave up two unearned runs and three hits in six innings. The two runs he allowed came after Greene’s error at shortstop.
San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Greene’s RBI double with two outs.
The Rockies scored twice in the bottom half. They loaded the bases when catcher Ramon Hernandez threw high to third base on a bunt attempt by Cook, and later Luis Gonzalez’s grounder deflected off Greene.
Down 2-1, San Diego threatened in the seventh when Hernandez singled and Greene walked. Pinch-hitter Adam Eaton sacrificed, but the Padres couldn’t score.
Jeromy Burnitz homered leading off the Rockies’ eighth, ending his 0-for-15 slump.
“Cook had a solid start and we got good work out of our bullpen,” Hurdlesaid. “We weren’t able to close it out.”
: The Padres placed RHP Jake Peavy on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 20 and recalled RHP Brian Sweeney from Triple-A Portland. … Germano had to return to home plate when he started walking to first base on a 3-1 count in the fifth inning. … Todd Helton, out of the starting lineup six games with back spasms, is expected to return to Colorado’s lineup Friday at SanFrancisco. The Rockies lost their fourth series at home.