San Francisco (29-17) at Colorado (21-26)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Fri May 23, 2003
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Superstar slugger Barry Bonds’ health may be a concern for the San Francisco Giants as they open a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Bonds left Wednesday’s 6-0 win in Arizona in the seventh inning after suffering a mild sprain of his right ankle. He suffered the injury stepping on first base while running out a grounder.

“I’m fine,” insisted Bonds, who had a three-run double Wednesday.

The Giants, however, said Bonds’ status would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

The reigning NL MVP, and five-time winner of the award, is batting .320 (8-for-25) over his last seven games with two homers, six RBIs, two doubles and six walks.

The Giants have won two in a row after losing eight of 10. San Francisco got a four-hitter from Jason Schmidt and two homers by Marquis Grissom in Wednesday’s victory.

“I feel better about our bullpen getting a couple of days off, and I feel better about our guys swinging the bat more aggressively,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said.

“You go up to Colorado, you’d better be swinging the bats well.”

The Rockies return home after suffering a three-game sweep in Los Angeles, including Thursday’s 4-3 loss.

Colorado, which has scored 150 runs at Coors Field this season, compared to just 97 on the road, didn’t score more than three in any of the three games against the Dodgers.

Mark Sweeney had two doubles and accounted for both runs Thursday as the Rockies lost for the 15th time in 17 games.

“After playing three close games, I think we’re just a tad off,” Sweeney said. “We realize that we need to get on a roll and understand that winning is going to cure it. That’s what’s going to change this team around.”

STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Rockies - 3rd place (tied), 8 1/2 GB, NL West.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Damian Moss (5-2, 2.44 ERA). The Australian right-hander won his first five decisions, but has lost two straight since, including a 5-1 home setback to the New York Mets on Saturday. He gave up two earned runs and three hits while walking a season-high seven over six innings. Moss, who came to San Francisco in the offseason trade that sent Russ Ortiz to Atlanta, faced the Rockies for the first time on May 19, 2002, but didn’t factor in the Braves’ 2-1 win after giving up an earned run and seven hits over 6 2-3 solid innings.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Shawn Chacon (5-2, 3.49). After pitching poorly in three straight starts, going 0-2 while surrendering at least five runs in each outing, Chacon bounced back with a gem on Sunday. He yielded four hits over six innings as the Rockies blanked Montreal 4-0. Chacon, who went 4-0 in his first five starts this year, is 3-2 with a 3.47 ERA eight career outings against San Francisco.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Benito Santiago, .321 avg. and 26 RBIs; Bonds, 12 HRs; Bonds and Jose Cruz, 32 runs; Ray Durham, 5 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .317 avg. and 38 runs; Preston Wilson, 11 HRs, 42 RBIs and 5 SBs.

2002 SEASON SERIES: Giants, 11-8.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - LF Bonds hit .375 (15-for-40) at Colorado last season with six homers, 12 RBIs and five walks. … RF Cruz leads the NL in outfield assists with 10, three more than his nearest competitor, LF Geoff Jenkins of Milwaukee. … CF Grissom is batting .483 (14-for-29) with four homers and nine RBIs over his last seven games. Rockies - 1B Helton hasn’t homered since April 25—a span of 84 at-bats. … Colorado is second in the NL with a .266 batting average. … CF Wilson hasn’t driven in a run since last Friday, going 1-for-21 in five games since.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 17-7 on the road; Rockies - 15-7 at home.

INJURIES: Giants - INF Ray Durham (ankle), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Jason Christiansen (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL. Rockies - LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (back), 60-day DL; INF Pablo Ozuna (knee), 60-day DL; INF Juan Uribe (foot), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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D. Moss Col vs. S. Chacon Oak
10-12 Record 11-8
5.16 ERA 4.60
79 K 93
92 BB 58
1.67 WHIP 1.33