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Fowler runs wild Five thefts from rookie help Rockies steal victory over Padres ROCKIES 12, PADRES 7

Fowler runs wild Five thefts from rookie help Rockies steal victory over Padres ROCKIES 12, PADRES 7
The Rockies' wild and crazy 12-7 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night went by in a blur.

Led by rookie center fielder Dexter Fowler's five stolen bases, the Rockies ran the Padres and pitcher Chris Young right out of Coors Field.

"It was perfect," Ryan Spilborghs said. "We talked about it right before the game and I told Dexter, 'If you get on base with this guy - because he's kind of slow to the plate - just go ahead and run. Just run until they stop you.' I don't think they ever stopped him. I think he's still running."

A sparse and chilly announced crowd of 18,246 saw the Rockies steal eight total bases against Young and catcher Nick Hundley. Young's slow delivery to the plate invites thievery. In 2007, for instance, base-

stealers were a perfect 44-

for-44 vs. Young.

"I got the green light and I thought I had some good jumps," a jubilant Fowler said.

Padres manager Bud Black wasn't happy after seeing his team pilfered.

"We can't let that happen at the rate we let it happen tonight," Black said.

Fowler's five steals tied a modern-day, major-league rookie record (since 1900). He tied the Padres' Damian Jackson, who stole five bases against the Rockies on June 28, 1999, at San Diego.

Fowler, however, did not set a Rockies single-game record. That's still held by Eric Young, who stole six against the Dodgers on June 30, 1996, at Coors Field. In that game, the Rockies set a team record with 10 steals.

"I didn't know about any record until a guy in the stands shouted, 'Hey, you're one away from a record!"' Fowler said.

The fleet center fielder - who went 2-for-4 to bump his average to .302 - singled and stole second and third base in the first inning. He scored on Todd Helton's sacrifice fly.

In the second, Fowler walked and again stole both second and third. This time he trotted home on Garrett Atkins' single. Steal No. 5 came in the fourth after Fowler reached on a single. Perhaps the only reason he didn't try for No. 6 was that pitcher Glendon Rusch was on base ahead of him.

"I was like, 'Hey, Ruschy, if you take off, that's on you. I'll be right behind you,"' Fowler said with a giant smile.

Fowler already has nine steals this season, easily the best among major-league rookies.

The Rockies' other base thieves Monday night were Spilborghs, Ian Stewart and Clint Barmes.

For the second straight night, the Rockies' offense exploded. They torched Padres pitching for season-high 17 hits as they won their second straight game. Atkins, with three hits, including two doubles, had his second three-hit game of the season. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games, boosting his average to .250.

Brad Hawpe went 2-for-3 with a two-run double before leaving the game in the sixth inning with a possible concussion. Hawpe was diving back into second base when a pickoff throw from Hundley smacked Hawpe on the right side of the head, near his neck.

Patrick Saunders: 303-954-1428 or ---------------- Stealing success

Records tied or approached Monday night by Dexter

Fowler and the Rockies :


Record: 6 - Eric Young, June 30, 1996, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday: 5 - Dexter Fowler (tied with Willy Taveras - June 14, 2008, vs. Chicago White Sox)



Record: 5 - Damian Jackson, San Diego, June 28, 1999, vs. Rockies

Monday: 5 - Fowler


Record: 3 - Young, June 30, 1996, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday: 2 - Fowler (twice), first and third innings



Record: 10 - June 30, 1996,

vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday: 8 (second all-time)



Record: 4 - May 30, 1998, vs. Houston and June 30, 1996, vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday: 4, in third inning

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