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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Pat Valaika set the all-time single-season RBI record for a rookie pinch-hitter (16) in the win against the Padres today.  Via @Rockies on Twitter

September 24, 2017 (San Diego) - All hope for this season is lost, but the Padres would love to finish the season series with the Rockies with a win today.  Kind of like dying with dignity.  German Marquez started for Colorado against Luis Perdomo.

Mark Reynolds kicked things off in the first with an RBI single, but Wil Myers tied it up on a solo knock in the Padres’ half of the first.  Yangervis Solarte took charge again with a solo homer of his own to give the Padres a 2-1 lead.

But the Rockies tied it right back up again when Ian Desmond scored on a wild pitch in the second.

In the third, they picked up where they left off with an RBI single by Gerardo Parra.  Desmond drove in another run when Christian Villanueva bobbled a bouncing ground ball to third that allowed D.J. LeMahieu to score and the Rockies took a 4-2 lead.

Pat Valaika added another run in the sixth when he hit a sharply falling pop-up into center that Manuel Margot couldn’t catch on a dive.  Trevor Story scored and the Rockies went up 5-2.

Villanueva atoned for his earlier error with a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth.  The Padres were back in it, trailing 5-4.

But Valaika and Charlie Blackmon and Reynolds added the insurance runs on back-to-back home runs in the ninth and Reynolds’ RBI double that gave the Rockies an 8-4 win to split the final series with the Padres in their last home game of the season.

The Padres take to the road to finish the season and settle their debts with the two other NL West squads.  First, it’s up to LA for three games with the Dodgers.  First pitch Monday is at 7:10 p.m.  Travis Wood starts against Yu Darvish for the Dodgers.