SAN DIEGO (AP) — The light-hitting San Diego Padres found a way to win without having to get a hit.
The Padres scored two runs in the eighth inning on Rex Brothers' wild pitch and catcher Edwin Rosario's errant throw back to the plate for a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
"You have to hang around long enough and stay close and things like this will happen," Padres manager Bud Black said.
The Rockies held a one-run lead when Brothers walked the bases loaded with two outs. Facing Yasmani Grandal, Brothers unleashed a wild throw. As Rosario retrieved the pitch, he turned and threw wildly back to Brothers covering the plate.
The ball was out of Brothers' reach as Xavier Nady scored and, as the ball sailed past the mound, Seth Smith also came around to score as the Padres took a 5-4 lead.
"I didn't know (if I could score) but I knew was going to go and make them throw me out," Smith said. "I was that situation where you're the winning run and you're already halfway there, and the ball just got by the pitcher, so they have to make at least a decent play to get me out."
Brothers (1-2) allowed a game-winning homer to Brandon Crawford on Sunday in San Francisco's 5-4 win in 10 innings.
"I don't have an excuse," Brothers said. "As hard as it is, I'll put it behind me and get my butt back out there and get the job done for these other guys."
Said Rockies manager Walt Weiss: "He struggled with his command, and his slider was bouncing well in front of the plate. He wasn't getting swings on his slider like he usually does."
Dale Thayer (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning and Huston Street worked the ninth for his fourth save.
"It was a lucky bounce for us and we haven't got any in two years, so we deserved it," said Yonder Alonso, who drew the walk that loaded the bases in the eighth.
San Diego is last in the National Leagues in runs scored with 33 and near the bottom in batting average.