DENVER - (AP) Luis Rodriguez laced a run-scoring pinch-hit single through a drawn-in infield in the ninth, lifting the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Nick Hundley began the inning with a triple into the corner off reliever Manuel Corpas (0-2), scoring easily when Rodriguez's one-out hit scooted through the right side of the infield.
Before his game-winning hit, Rodriguez had struggled in his career as a pinch hitter, going 1-for-19 since the start of 2007.
Duaner Sanchez (1-0) earned the win despite a rocky eighth and Heath Bell pitched his way around Todd Helton's two-out double in the ninth for his major-league leading eighth save in as many chances.
He got Garrett Atkins to hit into a fielder's choice to end the game, halting the Padres' three-game skid.
Chase Headley had a two-out, RBI single to tie the game at 3 in the eighth after David Eckstein led off with a double.
The slumping Troy Tulowitzki came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Sanchez got him to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Tulowitzki started his second straight game on the bench, entering as part of a double-switch in the seventh. He singled through the middle, ending an 0-for-19 skid and fueling a rally.
After Dexter Fowler's bunt single moved Tulowitzki to second, Ryan Spilborghs brought him in with a liner to right-center. Fowler scored on Helton's base hit to right to put the Rockies up, 3-2.
Luke Gregerson avoided further damage by enticing Atkins to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.
Chad Gaudin, who was called up from Triple-A Portland on Monday, pitched five scoreless innings in his first start for San Diego. He allowed three hits and struck out five but didn't figure into the decision after the bullpen couldn't hold the lead after he left.
San Diego signed Gaudin to a minor league contract on April 12 after he was released by the Chicago Cubs.
Scott Hairston prolonged his productive spree at the plate, lining a first-pitch fastball from Jorge De La Rosa into the left-field seats for a two-run homer in the third.
Hairston is now hitting .455 with three homers and 10 RBIs over his last 11 games.
Seth Smith hit a solo homer for the Rockies in the sixth, his third of the season.
Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe was out of the lineup after being hit in the neck the night before by San Diego catcher Nick Hundley's throw down to second.
Although the numbness has subsided, Hawpe said he's still a little sore and has a bruise on the back of his neck. He thinks it might be until Friday in San Francisco before he takes the field again.
Hawpe is hitting .328 with two home runs and a team-leading 16 RBIs this season.
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