SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have been searching for clutch hitting all season. For one three-game series, they found the touch.
Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley stepped up Sunday, delivering a three-run double in the seventh inning that lifted the Padres to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.
San Diego swept the three-game series with late-inning victories each time.
After reliever Roy Oswalt (0-5) walked home the tying run in the seventh, Hundley hit a sharp grounder down the third-base line off Wilton Lopez to clear the bases.
"He threw me a real good sinker 0-1 that I swung over the top of," Hundley said. "I thought I was a little long (on my swing). I stepped out because I was trying to do too much. I shortened up a little bit and made the adjustment, and fortunately, I did."
The Padres won Friday night's series opener, rebounding from a 3-2 ninth-inning deficit on Chase Headley's leadoff homer and pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman's bases-loaded single. Rookie Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning Saturday night for a 2-1 win.
"I think every manager will talk about that over the course of the year, that in a close game it will come down to a big hit or a big play," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "Nick got a hold of a sinker and dug it out and lined. Nick's a good low-ball hitter, that's his strength."
It was the first time since June 1998 that the Padres have won three straight games despite being tied or behind in the seventh inning or later in each of the three games.
The Padres have won five of six. The Rockies have dropped five of six.
Nick Vincent (4-2) pitched one inning for the win. Huston Street worked the ninth for his 29th save in 30 chances.
Oswalt allowed five runs on four hits with two walks in 3 1-3 innings in relief of starter Chad Bettis.
"I wanted to try and keep it down velocity-wise," Oswalt said. "I felt OK."