Rockies' Comeback is Complete

Colorado tops San Diego 9-8 in 13 innings to advance to playoffs
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 4:12 AM CDT
Colorado Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday, left center, with his injured chin talks with infielder Clint Barmes as the team celebrates their 9-8 win over the San Diego Padres in the National League...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Colorado Rockies took their season down to the wire, finally clinching a post-season berth in a last-minute rally in the wild-card tiebreaker, reports the Rocky Mountain News. After San Diego broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the 13th, Matt Halliday tripled to tie it up again, then made the game-winning dive into home plate.

The Rockies' rally came against Trevor Hoffman, baseball's career-saves leader, and marks the second time in four days that a blown save by Hoffman has cost the Padres a playoff spot. The 9-8 win for Colorado, the team's 14th in 15 games, sends them to the National League division series against the Phillies, which starts tomorrow in Philadelphia.