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GAME OF THE DAY

Barfield's Walk-Off Homer Lifts Padres

September 05, 2006|From the Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — With his first game-winning home run, rookie Josh Barfield gave the San Diego Padres a boost in the playoff chase and something to kid his famous father about.

Barfield hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Padres over the Colorado Rockies, 7-5, Monday night.

The defending National League West champions kept their 1 1/2 -game lead over Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race and pulled to within two games of the first-place Dodgers in the division.

Barfield, the son of former American League home run champion Jesse Barfield, homered on a 1-and-2 pitch from All-Star closer Brian Fuentes for his 12th homer this season and first walk-off shot at any level.

"Tonight I'm going to call my dad and give him a hard time," Barfield said. "I think I've got one more walk-off to go to catch him."

Barfield finished with four runs batted in, atoning for an error that helped the Rockies take the lead in the fifth inning.

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ROUNDUP

at Washington 4, St. Louis 1: Ramon Ortiz lost a no-hit bid when Aaron Miles singled to center field leading off the ninth inning and came out with two outs after giving up a home run to Albert Pujols, but picked up the win. He also hit a home run, only the 10th hit of his career.

at Philadelphia 3, Houston 2: Chase Utley's home run with two out in the 10th inning ended the Phillies' 12-game losing streak to the Astros, dating to August 2004. It was Utley's 25th homer. Philadelphia's Ryan Howard hit his major-league leading 53rd homer.

at Florida 8, Arizona 5: Joe Borchard's three-run homer capped a six-run sixth inning at Miami, and the Marlins became the first major league team to climb above .500 after being 20 games under.

Atlanta 5, at New York 0: Chuck James (8-3) gave up one hit in eight innings, a second-inning single by David Wright, scored two runs and got his first hit of the season for the Braves.

Pittsburgh 5, at Chicago 4: Xavier Nady's three-run double capped a four-run first inning and the Pirates held off the Cubs, whose ace, Carlos Zambrano (14-6), left after 1 1/3 innings and a 5-0 deficit because of lower-back stiffness.

San Francisco 5, at Cincinnati 4: Barry Bonds hit a tying, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Shea Hillenbrand hit one in the 10th inning for the Giants. Bonds has 730 homers, 25 shy of Hank Aaron's all-time record.

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