Fowler's hit lifts Rockies over Padres 8-7 in 10
DENVER (AP) -- One strike away from another save, Luke Gregerson couldn't quite close the door.
Gregerson gave up a two-out, two-run game-tying double to Carlos Gonzalez in the ninth inning, and Dexter Fowler had his fourth hit, a two-out RBI single in the 10th, to lift the Colorado Rockies past the San Diego Padres 8-7 on Sunday.
Gregerson, thrust in the closer's role because of an injury to Huston Street, had figured prominently in San Diego's first two wins against the Rockies, picking up his second save the night before and throwing two shutout innings for the win in 6-5 victory in 12 innings in Thursday's series-opener.
He was trying to protect a 7-4 lead when he came on in the ninth but with one out, Jonathan Herrera singled, took second on defensive indifference and pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin singled him home. After a single by Fowler, Gregerson fanned Eric Young Jr. He had Gonzalez down 0-2 when the Rockies slugger lashed an opposite field double to drive in both Fowler and Colvin with the tying runs, forcing the Padres into extra innings for the fifth time in 11 games.
"It was a slider," Gregerson said of the pitch to Gonzalez. "I execute that pitch where I want it 99 percent of the time. It was the only one I threw today that backed up on me. Good hitters take advantage of bad pitches and that's exactly what he did."
Tyson Ross (0-3) walked Todd Helton to lead off the 10th. Herrera singled with one out and D.J. LeMahieu, pinch-running for Helton, moved to third on Colvin's groundout.
Fowler then singled up the middle off Joe Thatcher to give the Rockies their sixth walk-off win this season and second of the series.
"I was just trying to make a pitch," said Thatcher, who surrendered a walk-off homer to Nolan Arenado on Friday night. "He just hit it. It's a tough loss for us, a game we needed to win. I didn't step up two different times here, so it's hard to swallow. But it's a part of the game."
San Diego manager Bud Black acknowledged the bullpen has been taxed in the last 10 days, including Gregerson, because of all the close games the Padres have been involved in recently. In the four game set with Colorado, three of the games were won in the winning team's last at-bat.
"He's been used, absolutely, but Luke is a guy that does have a resilient arm," Black said. "He's proven to be one of the best relievers in the NL. Just look at his stats. He's pitched really well. This was probably one blip on the radar for him."
Black said he feels that way about the entire bullpen.
"The guys have been stretched, no doubt about it, with the type of games we've been playing," Black said. "But we've felt as though we were covered for today. The guys obviously have made appearances, but they know what's in front of them. They know that challenge. They're up for it."
Nick Hundley, Cameron Maybin and Mark Kotsay homered for the Padres, who missed an opportunity to take three of four in the series.
Rex Brothers (2-0) pitched the 10th for the win.
Colorado starter Juna Nicasio was untouchable through the first five innings. He struck out seven and had only one three-ball count, to Will Venable in the second inning.
Maybin grounded out to start the sixth before the Padres broke through. Hundley hit a 2-2 slider into the left-field bleachers to end the drama, and the 33,668 fans at Coors Field gave Nicasio an ovation as Hundley circled the bases.
With the perfect game gone, Nicasio appeared to lose his rhythm. The next three batters singled to make it 4-2 before Gonzalez made a running catch of Venable's liner to end the inning.
Edgmer Escalona came on in the seventh and allowed a solo home run to Maybin and a two-run, pinch-hit homer to Kotsay that gave the Padres a 5-4 lead.
They were the first homers of the year for both players.
The Padres scored two more off reliever Matt Belisle in the eighth to make it 7-4.
San Diego starter Clayton Richard had a rough start to his day even before he took the mound.
A few hours before the game, Richard, Hundley and pitching coach Darren Balsley had a closed-door meeting in the clubhouse manager's office to go over the game plan for the afternoon. When they were done, the door was jammed and couldn't be opened.
After clubhouse personnel tried unsuccessfully to unlock the door with several sets of keys, Richard, Hundley and Balsley removed the pins from the hinges and the door was pushed open from the outside.
NOTES: San Diego's Jedd Gyorko left the game in the 10th inning with a groin injury. He'll be evaluated again on Monday. ... SS Everth Cabrera singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. ... Padres closer Huston Street (left calf strain) will pitch a simulated game Monday. He is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Friday. ... Padres RHP Jason Marquis (7-2) will pitch Monday's opener of a three-game series against Atlanta.