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Padres 13, Rockies 11

July 13, 1997

DENVER (AP) _ Quilvio Veras hit a go-ahead three-run double as the San Diego Padres rallied for five runs in the ninth inning Sunday to beat Colorado 13-11 and send the Rockies to their ninth loss in 10 games.

San Diego, which won three times in the four-game series, overcame deficits of 6-0 and 10-5.

Trailing 11-8 in the ninth, Ken Caminiti walking against Curtis Leskanic leading off, Steve Finley tripled and Wally Joyner doubled, pulling the Padres to 11-10.

Archi Cianfrocco hit an infield single off the glove of Jeff McCurry (1-2), John Flaherty sacrificed and pinch-hitter Greg Vaugn struck out.

Rickey Henderson’s walk loaded the bases and Veras doubled over the head of center fielder Quinton McCracken.

In a rare display by usually loyal Rockies’ fans, the team was booed loudly as the game ended.

Rich Batchelor (3-1) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Trevor Hoffman finished with a perfect ninth his 18th save.

Tony Gwynn recorded career hit No. 2,700 but lost ground in the batting race to Colorado’s Larry Walker, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to raise his average to .406. Gwynn went 1-for-6 and slipped to .398.

Finley had three hits and four RBIs for the Padres, and Caminiti added three hits and two RBIs.

Walt Weiss had three hits and drove in two runs for the Rockies.

In a wild start, the Rockies had four-run outbursts in the second and third but held only a 10-7 lead through four innings.

Andres Galarraga put Colorado ahead 2-0 in the first with a two-run single off Sean Bergman. Weiss hit a two-run double with two outs in the second and Walker followed with a two-run single.

San Diego batted around against Jamey Wright in the third, scoring five runs to close to 6-5. After Bergman’s leadoff bloop single and two singles, Gwynn hit an RBI grounder, Caminiti had a run-scoring single and Finley a three-run homer.

Eric Young hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom half, chasing Bergman, and Walker greeted Pete Smith with a two-run double.

San Diego got run-scoring singles by Gwynn and Caminiti in the fourth. Gwynn’s single off the glove of Weiss at shortstop extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

Two San Diego errors contributed to a Rockies’ run in the fifth.

Caminiti doubled and scored on Joyner’s sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Notes: The Padres placed catcher Carlos Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf and purchased the contract of catcher Mandy Romero from Triple-A Las Vegas. Outfielder Earl Johnson was designated for assignment. ... Padres shortstop Chris Gomez, who sustained a mild concussion and cut right hand in a collision on Saturday, did not start. ... Weiss made a sliding, backhanded catch of Veras’ pop foul near the third-base stands in the fourth. ... Center fielder McCracken made a diving catch in left-center off Joyner in the seventh, but Caminiti scored from third on the sacrifice fly. ... The Rockies drew 48,053, extending their major-league record for consecutive sellouts to 176.

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