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Rockies turn triple play in 3rd inning vs. Padres

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Colorado earned its third-ever triple play -- with a little help from an interference call -- in a crucial sequence in the third inning on Sunday.

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DENVER -- The Rockies turned their third triple play in franchise history in the third inning of their series finale against the Padres on Sunday at Coors Field.

After Everth Cabrera and Seth Smith reached base on a single and a walk, respectively, Carlos Quentin hit a one-hopper to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Arenado touched third and threw to DJ LeMahieu at second for the first two outs. LeMahieu's throw to Justin Morneau at first was a touch late, but Smith was called for interference after sliding into LeMahieu's feet, which were considerably off the base.

Before Sunday, the Rockies last turned a triple play on April 29, 2007, when Troy Tulowitzki earned one of the unassisted variety in a win over the Braves. A little more than four years earlier, Todd Helton and Jose Hernandez turned Colorado's first triple play in a victory over the Cardinals.

All three of the Rockies' triple plays have come at Coors Field.