Morneau hits homer in 10th, Rox beat Padres 8-6

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Justin Morneau wondered out loud just how many teams have turned a triple play and hit a walkoff homer in the same game.

A better question yet may be this: How many times has the same player been involved in both?

Morneau hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and helped the Colorado Rockies turn the third triple play in team history as they beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 on Sunday.

Oh, and for the record, since Morneau asked: This marked the fourth time since 1988, according to research by STATS, that a team had a triple play and a walkoff homer. Morneau also joined Prince Fielder (2009, with Milwaukee) as the only players to have been involved in both plays in the same game during that time frame.

Definitely a pretty good afternoon for Morneau, who's making himself right at home batting behind Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

After Gonzalez singled earlier in the inning, Morneau lined a two-out, 3-2 fastball from Dale Thayer (2-2) to straightaway center. Morneau thought for sure he got enough of it, too, but then Cameron Maybin drifted back and back, like he might have a play on it.

He didn't.

"Scared me a little bit," Morneau said. "As good of athlete as he is, if he can't catch it, it's definitely gone."

Morneau sprinted around the bases to the applause from the crowd and flipped his helmet off after passing third. He was mobbed at home by his teammates.

"Great to see him get the big hit," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

Thayer insisted he made a quality pitch and that he didn't think it was leaving the park.

"But it doesn't surprise me it went out. He hit it hard," Thayer said.

Nick Masset (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th for his first major league win since 2011. LaTroy Hawkins blew his first save of the season in the ninth as he surrendered a tying two-run homer to Everth Cabrera.

Corey Dickerson had a two-run homer and Tulowitzki added a solo shot in the fifth to keep up his hot hitting at Coors Field, where he's batting .571 in 18 games.

Seth Smith and Rene Rivera hit solo homers for the Padres, who return home following a 3-3 road excursion.

"This was a game that was in the balance the whole way," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Both teams kept pecking away at each other the whole game, which is typical of this ballpark."

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