Padres Take Advantage of Hundley's Error, Beat Rockies 7-5

Pinch-hitter Brett Wallace had a tiebreaking RBI single as the San Diego Padres took advantage of Colorado catcher Nick Hundley's throwing error to score three runs in the ninth inning Saturday night and hand the Rockies their sixth straight loss, 7-5.

With the Padres trailing 5-4 in the ninth, Derek Norris greeted closer Tommy Kahnle (0-1) with a double and pinch-hitter Cory Spangenberg reached on an infield hit after a replay review showed he had beaten the throw to first. Melvin Upton Jr. hit a dribbler in front of the plate that Hundley fielded but he overthrew the throw to first, allowing Norris to score the tying run from third.

Wallace, batting for reliever Kevin Quackenbush (2-2), followed with his single and Yangervis Solarte added a sacrifice fly as San Diego beat Colorado for the seventh straight time.

Craig Kimbrel got the last three outs for his 33rd save.

Jon Gray, the Rockies' first pick and third overall draft selection in 2013, gave up consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly to Matt Kemp to start the game but shut down the Padres the rest of his five-inning, 69-pitch stint. The Rockies continue to have Gray, making his third career start, on an approximately 75-pitch limit.

Gonzalez Germen relieved Gray to start the sixth and couldn't protect a 3-1 lead. San Diego got an RBI single from Justin Upton and a go-ahead two-run double from Jedd Gyorko.

The Rockies came back in their half of the sixth. After Andrew Cashner walked Carlos Gonzalez and allowed a single to Nolan Arenado, Marc Rzepczynski relieved and Ben Paulsen hit a sacrifice fly to even the score at 4-all.

D.J. LeMahieu reached on an infield single that hit Arenado on the basepaths, resulting in an out, before LeMahieu stole second and went to third on Norris' throwing error, eventually scoring on Hundley's single to put the Rockies ahead 5-4.

Arenado's two-run single in the third snapped a 1-1 tie.

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