The Colorado Rockies entered the top of the ninth inning tied at three with the San Diego Padres and finished it with a 5-3 lead. Huston Street closed out the game for his 17th save and a Rockies 5-3 victory.
Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton led the offensive charge. Helton went 4-for-4 with two doubles and his eight home run (a solo shot in the third). Tulowitzki's RBI single in the fifth gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead, but it was his magic in the ninth that served the team well. Carlos Gonzalez started the ninth with a single and then moved to second on a sacrifice by Jonathan Herrera. Todd Helton was intentionally walked, and he and Gonzalez moved up a base each on a Heath Bell wild pitch. Tulowitzki then doubled to right center to plate both of them for the 5-3 lead.
Ty Wigginton had an RBI single in the third inning to score the other Rockies' run. Charlie Blackmon picked up his first career hit with a single to right field in the second inning.
Aaron Cook made his first start of the season and allowed three runs in 5.2 innings, walking four and striking out four. Two runs came in the sixth inning when things started with a Chase Headley walk. A Brad Hawpe single had runners on the corners, but it was a wild pitch by Cook that put Headley across home plate. After intentionally walking Jorge Cantu, Cook's night was over. Matt Belisle allowed an Alberto Gonzalez RBI single to tie the game at three (Gonzalez had the first Padres run with a ground out in the second).
The Rockies (29-32, 16-17 away) won their first road series since April when they won two against the Chicago Cubs (the third game postponed until late June). They return to Coors Field on Thursday for a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.