The Juice: Padres bullpen nullifies Rockies usual comeback

Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Denver, where the Rockies' come-from-behind mojo was of no use against the San Diego bullpen.

Game of the Day
Padres 6, Rockies 4

What, no witty comeback? Trailing 5-4 in the fifth inning, at home, is usually right where the Colorado Rockies like to be. But the San Diego Padres bullpen said no, turning in 4 1/3 scoreless innings to end Colorado's 10-game winning streak.

You say Tejada: Miguel Tejada(notes) drove in San Diego's first four runs and Oscar Salazar(notes) hit a Coors Field homer in the ninth for insurance.

Last ups: Even after Seth Smith(notes) walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth against Heath Bell(notes), the Rockies had a chance to tie or better. But Carlos Gonzalez(notes) grounded to short for the last out, dropping the Rox 2 1/2 back in the NL West.

"You've got to face one of the hottest hitters — let's see what happens," said Bell, who converted his 28th straight save opportunity. "Tonight, I broke his bat and I won. Hopefully, I won't have to face him tomorrow because he's going to want revenge."

Revenge! "My name is Carlos Gonzalez. You killed my bat. Prepare to die."

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They Also Played...

Rays 1, Yankees 0 (11 inn.): Those sneaky Joe Maddon Glasses. They're the ones who told Carl Crawford(notes) to get thrown out by umpires in the ninth to make way for Reid Brignac(notes), whose solo homer won the game for Tampa Bay.

Mets 1, Pirates 0 (10 inn.): The Pirates are 17-65 on the road. Do they just forget to pack everything for the road trip, or... ?

Athletics 3, Royals 1: The A's add their own entry into the Old Rookie of the Year contest: 31-year-old left-hander Bobby Cramer(notes), who played in Mexico, taught math part-time and worked on a pipeline before realizing his dream of pitching in the majors for the first time.

Reds 7, D-backs 2: The Greater Cincinnati Area must think the Reds have the NL Central locked up; Only 12,061 tickets sold at Great American to watch them secure a winning record for 2010.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3 (11 inn.): After starting the season 0-12 against the Jays, the Orioles finally beat them under Buck Showalter. Is there anything he can't do?

Phillies 11, Marlins 4: Not only is Carlos Ruiz(notes) now batting .300 — with a team-high .399 on-base percentage — but he even helps keep ex-Phillie Gary Matthews busy after the game.

Braves 4, Nationals 0: Derek Lowe(notes) came in 1-6 against the Nationals over the past two years. Finding that unacceptable, he pitched commensurate to his salary.

Red Sox 5, Mariners 1: Lester betters Fister.

Astros 4, Brewers 2: It's too bad the Astros can't loan Brett Myers(notes) to someone for the playoffs.

Cubs 5, Cardinals 1: Now that they've beaten the Cardinals with Jeff Samardzija(notes), the Cubs throw Brady Quinn at them.

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