San Diego Padres' Jedd Gyorko follows the flight of his RBI-single against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Denver on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
DENVER (AP) — Drew Stubbs had a tiebreaking RBI single in the 12th inning to lift the Colorado Rockies past the San Diego Padres, 7-6, on Saturday night.
D.J. LeMahieu doubled off Jesse Hahn (7-4) to start the 12th and Charlie Culberson sacrificed him to third. Hahn then intentionally walked Charlie Blackmon and San Diegomanager Bud Black aligned three defenders between third and second base in hopes of cutting off any grounder and getting the runner at the plate.
But Stubbs singled sharply down the third base line and into left field, allowing LeMahieu to score the winning run and send the Padres to their fourth loss in a row.
Nick Masset (2-0) picked up the victory with an inning of scoreless relief.
Justin Morneau finished with four hits, including a home run, and two RBIs for the Rockies. LeMahieu added a two-run single as Colorado won for the fourth time in five games.
Joe Wieland had a rocky return to the big leagues after a nearly 2 1/2-year absence following reconstructive right elbow surgery. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 2 1-3 innings in his first appearance since May 6, 2012, against Miami at Petco Park, but did not figure in the decision.
Jorge De La Rosa, who signed a two-year contract extension earlier this week, left in the sixth with a 6-3 lead but the Rockies bullpen couldn't hold it.
The Padres evened the score at 6-all in the eighth on former Rockie Seth Smith's RBI single off reliever Rex Brothers.
McKenry homered off Weiland in the second and tacked on an RBI single during a three-run third that also included Morneau's two-run shot for his 15th homer of the season.
San Diego, blanked in a 3-0 loss the night before, broke through in the fourth on the first of two RBI singles by Jedd Gyorko. Tommy Medica homered to start the fifth, and pinch-hitter Cory Spangenberg had a two-run homer off reliever Tommy Kahnle in the seventh, pulling the Padres to within a run.
Padres: LF Abraham Almonte was shaken up when he slipped and fell hard as he charged Josh Rutledge's sinking liner that dropped for a double in the third inning. Tended to by team trainers for several minutes, Almonte got to his feet and remained in the game until the sixth. RHP Joaquin Benoit, working to return from soreness in his pitching shoulder, played catch Saturday. Manager Bud Black said he came out of the light workout fine. Benoit has missed the last 10 games but the Padres are hoping he'll be able to return before the end of the season.
Rockies: X-rays taken on the left ankle of LHP Christian Friedrich revealed no structural damage. Friedrich twisted the ankle duing an appearance in Tuesday's game with SanFrancisco, falling down on the mound when he took a bad step during his follow-through.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (13-12) comes into Sunday's series finale with a streak of 14 consecutive quality starts, the longest such streak in team history.
Rockies: LHP Franklin Morales (5-7) will be seeking his first win since July 8, which came against San Diego. He's 0-3 with five no decisions and a 6.09 ERA in eight outings since then. However, he's 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in his two previous starts against the Padresthis season.
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