Helton homer gives Rockies a sweep

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Todd Helton had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Jorge De La Rosa and three relievers combined on a two-hitter to carry the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 victory Sunday over San Diego, their second three-game sweep of the Padres this season.

Colorado also swept San Diego at Coors Field last weekend.

Helton's homer off Dale Thayer bounced off the top of the new right-field fence, which was moved in 11 feet, went over the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Deck and into the seats. It was Helton's first homer this season and his third career pinch homer.

It was his ninth shot at Petco Park, tying him with Justin Upton for the most by a visiting player.

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