Padres 4, Rockies 3

The SportsXchange

SAN DIEGO -- Jesus Guzman delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning to rally the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night at Petco Park.

Todd Helton led off the ninth by driving the first pitch from San Diego closer Huston Street over the wall in center for his 13th home run. It ended Street's streak of 20 1/3 scoreless innings. Street (2-4) allowed a run and a hit in an inning.

Chase Headley homered to open the bottom of the inning, drilling a 2-0 pitch by Rex Brothers into the second deck of the Western Metal Supply building in left to tie the score at 3.

Brothers issued a walk to Kyle Blanks and allowed an infield single to Alexi Amarista. After a sacrifice by Ronny Cedeno, Brothers gave an intentional walk to Nick Hundley to load the bases. Guzman followed by hitting a single over the third-base bag for the game-winner. Brothers (2-1) allowed two runs on three hits in 1/3 of an inning.

Colorado starter Juan Nicasio gave up a leadoff home run to Will Venable and a triple to Chris Denorfia before retiring the next 13 batters. He allowed consecutive singles to Ronny Cedeno and Nick Hundley with one out in the fifth, but induced Venable to ground into an inning-ending double play.

In the sixth, Denorfia, who received a "Heart and Hustle Award," which recognizes the efforts of 30 major league players who demonstrate a strong passion for the game, tied the score with a hustle play.

As Jedd Gyorko bounced a groundout to third baseman DJ LeMahieu, Denorfia raced around second and toward the uncovered bag at third, where Todd Helton's throw sailed past catcher Wilin Rosario, who was attempting to cover for LeMahieu. Denorfia scored by avoiding Nicasio's tag at home with two outs in the inning and knot the score at 2 apiece.

Nicasio allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in six innings.

San Diego's Burch Smith struggled in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Tucson earlier this week. Smith allowed two runs-both in the first-on four hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked four.

Colorado's Dexter Fowler left the game in the sixth inning. Fowler re-aggravated an injury to his left knee when he stole second in the fifth.

Troy Tulowitzki put the Rockies on the board in the first inning with an RBI double off the center-field wall that scored Fowler, who led off the game with a double. Michael Cuddyer's RBI groundout with one out in the inning made it 2-0.

In the bottom of the first, Venable lined a 2-1 pitch from Nicasio into the seats in right for his 21st home run of the season. It was his 15th homer at Petco, breaking the season mark by former Padre Adrian Gonzalez.

NOTES: Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez didn't start. He was activated Sept. 3 from the disabled list but hasn't swung a bat in a game since his return, appearing as a late defensive replacement on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gonzalez has been nursing a sprained middle finger on his right hand. ... Rockies RHP Roy Oswalt was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Oswalt is expected to get some work in relief on Sunday, manager Walt Weiss said, before the Rockies determine when he will start a game. Oswalt had been on the disabled list since July 8 with a left hamstring strain. ... Colorado LHP Drew Pomeranz was activated Friday from the 15-day disabled list. Pomeranz had been out since July 23 with tendinitis in his left biceps.
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