DENVER -- It took them seven games and they had to endure a two-run, game-tying home run in the eighth inning, but the San Diego Padres finally beat the Colorado Rockies this season.
The Padres' winning run in their 12-inning, 6-5 victory Thursday night came on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded when Yasmani Grandal was ruled safe on a close play at first base.
The game-winning rally began with a one-out single from Chase Headley followed by Kyle Blanks' double. Jedd Gyorko was intentionally walked.
Grandal, the Padres' last available position player, bounced a ball that third baseman Nolan Arenado gloved crossing the foul line. He forced Blanks at third, but first baseman umpire Ed Hickox ruled that Grandal just beat Arenado's long throw, denying the Rockies of an inning-ending double play.
The Rockies outscored the Padres 20-6 and 18-11 while sweeping two three-game series from the Padres that left them with a 2-10 record on April 14. But the Padres have risen from those depths and have won 23 of their past 40 games.
Each team used six pitchers in a game that took 4 hours, 4 minutes as the Rockies fell to 4-7 in extra innings and the Padres improved to 4-2 after their first extra-inning game on the road.
Colorado's Wilin Rosario, who doubled home a run in the sixth, tied the game at 5 with a two-run homer off Dale Thayer with two out in the eighth. It was the 10th homer for Rosario, his first in 53 at-bats since May 18, and came after Jordan Pacheco's single
Pacheco and Rosario hit back-to-back doubles with two out in the sixth to cut the Padres' lead to 5-3. Rosario had just one hit in his previous 25 at-bats before that hit.
Rosario's homer spoiled a good outing by Andrew Cashner, who gave up three runs in seven innings and threw a season-high 107 pitches.
Jhoulys Chacin lasted 5 1/3 innings and threw just 57 of 97 pitches for strikes while giving up five runs. After their four-run fourth, the Padres made it 5-2 in the sixth, which began with consecutive singles by Carlos Quentin and Gyroko. With one out, Cameron Maybin flared a run-scoring single to center.
That brought Rob Scahill on in relief of Chacin, and Scahill struck out Nick Hundley and Cashner.
Chacin gave up a double to Evereth Cabrea to start the game, and he moved to third on Will Venable's ground out. But Chacin struck out Headley and got Quentin to fly out to end the threat.
The Padres did not get another hit until Headley led off the fourth with a single. The big inning has plagued Chacin, and that hit turned out to be the start of a four-run uprising. Quentin followed with a four-pitch walk. Gyorko grounded a run-scoring double inside third base that moved Quentin to third, and the Padres made it 2-0 when Mark Kotsay grounded to second.
With the infield playing in, third baseman Arenado fielded Maybin's chopper and threw home but not in time to get Gyorko.
Maybin stole second and went to third when catcher Rosario threw the ball into center field on the fly. Hundley drove in Maybin with a broken-bat grounder to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Cashner followed with a single to left field but he tried to stretch the hit into a double and was thrown out by Carlos Gonzalez, who recorded his seventh assist.
Cashner held the Rockies hitless until Arenado led off the fourth with a double. He scored on a two-out double by Michael Cuddyer, who has hit safely in 10 straight games.
DJ LeMahieu doubled with one out in the fifth, and with Chacin batting, LeMahieu stole third base and scored when catcher Hundley threw the ball into left field. Eric Young Jr. singled with two out, and Arenado doubled to right center. But Cashner was able to maintain San Diego's 4-2 lead when Gonzalez fouled out.
Notes: Maybin was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list, and IF Yonder Alonso (right hand contusion) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 1. Maybin missed 45 games after being placed on the disabled list April 17 with a right wrist impingement and just completed a nine-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson, where he hit .323 (10-for-31) with three homers and four RBIs...Rockies CF Dexter Fowler was not in the lineup for the second straight day due to migraine headaches. He did enter Wednesday night's game at Cincinnati in the eighth inning defensively and struck out in the ninth. The Rockies sent Fowler to see their team physician Wednesday afternoon...With the third overall pick in the draft, the Rockies chose RHP Jonathan Gray from the University of Oklahoma. In 16 starts for the Sooners, Gray, a polished power pitcher, has gone 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA and 22 walks and 138 strikeouts in 119 innings. Gray is scheduled to start Friday at LSU in an NCAA Super Regional...The Padres, with the 13th pick, selected Mississippi State OF Hunter Renfroe, a power hitter with the arm strength to play right fielder. He is also a decent runner...Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood, who left his start Monday after four innings with a right triceps strain, played catch for about 10 minutes from 60-75 feet and felt fine. He is scheduled to long toss Friday. Chatwood will not make his scheduled start Saturday, and the Rockies have yet to name his replacement.