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Alonso singles in 9th, Padres beat Rockies 12-11

Associated Press Modified: September 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm •  Published: September 16, 2012

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Even blowing a six-run lead late in the game couldn't stop the San Diego Padres.

Rookie Yonder Alonso singled in the ninth inning to drive in the winning run and cap a wild offensive game, leading the Padres to a 12-11 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Colorado scored six times in the eighth inning, tying the game on rookie Josh Rutledge's grand slam.

The Padres won for the 19th time in 25 games. San Diego won its sixth straight home series and has gone 23-7 at Petco Park since just after the All-Star break.

San Diego is playing with so much confidence that they think they are still players in the NL wild-card race. The Padres are 5 1-2 games back with 15 games to play and four teams between them and the final berth.

"Why not," Alonso asked. "We feel good about ourselves and where we are headed."

While the odds are stacked heavily against a wild-card bid, San Diego is a team no other club wants to play right now.

"That team is playing some fantastic baseball," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

In the ninth inning, Everth Cabrera reached on a one-out infield single against Matt Belisle (3-7). With two outs, Belisle balked Cabrera to second and then intentionally walked Chase Headley to bring up Alonso.

The left-hander lined a ball right at left fielder Andrew Brown, whose throw was slightly late as Cabrera slid across home plate with the winning run and start the celebration.

"The first guy I saw (after the hit) was Chase coming at me," Alonso said. "I was like, 'Oh boy, here we go.' I was kind of backing away because I knew I was going to get it."

Joe Thatcher (1-4), who came on to strike out the final two batters with runners on first and second in the ninth, picked up the win.

The clubs combined for 23 runs and 27 hits.

Trailing 11-5 after San Diego scored eight runs in the fifth, the Rockies used their own big inning against three rookie relievers to get back in the game.

"I don't like roller coasters," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Every now and then you have to take one. You have to take the ride, and we did. We ended up OK."

After Cory Burns started the eighth and allowed a run on two hits and an error, Tommy Layne came in and hit Charlie Blackmon with a pitch to load the bases.

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