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Rockies 7, Padres 5

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SAN DIEGO - Dexter Fowler homered twice, including the game-winner in the ninth, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 7-5 victory over the San Diego Padres before an announced crowd of 21,814 at Petco Park on Friday.

Fowler hit a drive into the seats in right with one out in the ninth off San Diego closer and former Rockie Huston Street. It was Fowler's sixth home run, tying him for tops in the National League. Jeff Rutledge followed with a home run to left.

The loss extended San Diego's losing streak three, including Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers, which featured a benches-clearing brawl that resulted in Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke suffering a broken collarbone after Padre left fielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound.

Quentin batted cleanup for the Padres, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before being replaced in the ninth by Mark Kotsay.

This time the fireworks were produced by both clubs' offenses, but the Rockies (6-4), who ended their three-game skid, had the final say, beating the Padres (2-8) again. Colorado swept San Diego last weekend in Denver.

Catcher Nick Hundley doubled into the gap in left-center off reliever Wilton Lopez with one out in the seventh, scoring Jedd Gyorko from first for a 4-3 Padre lead. Hundley scored to make it 5-3 when Will Venable followed with a single to right. But the Rockies rallied.

The Rockies tied it with two unearned runs in the eighth after an error by Padre third baseman Gyorko. A double to deep left by Todd Helton drove in Troy Tulowitzki and a groundout to first by catcher Wilin Rosario scored Michael Cuddyer to knot the score again at 5.

Rex Brothers (1-0) struck out two in an inning's work. Rafael Betancourt got the save.

Street (0-1) suffered the loss.

The Rockies jumped on Padres starter Tyson Ross for two runs on four hits in the first. An infield single by Tulowitzki scored Rutledge, then a bloop to shallow center by Cuddyer plated Carlos Gonzalez.

Ross struggled with his control in the first, issuing a pair of walks to leadoff hitter Fowler and Rutledge. Ross threw 34 pitches in the first, only 19 of them for strikes.

But San Diego's Yonder Alonso tied the score with a two-run homer to center off Jon Garland with one out in the bottom of the first.

Colorado regained the lead in the fifth when Fowler homered to center off Ross for a 3-2 advantage.

NOTES: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley began a rehab assignment Friday at the club's Class A franchise in Lake Elsinore. Headley is expected to return (he won't be playing) to San Diego on Saturday, when he will be honored with his 2012 Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and MLB.com's GIBBY awards. Saturday also is Chase Headley Bobblehead Night at Petco. ... The Padres called up right-hander Thad Webb from Triple-A Tucson on Friday. Weber, 28, won his only start with Tucson, giving up a run on five hits at Salt Lake City on April 7. Infielder Cody Ransom, 37, was designated for assignment.
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