Colorado (34-35) at Detroit (17-48)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 15, 2003
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The Detroit Tigers have floundered at Comerica Park all season. The Colorado Rockies have found the going just as rough on the road this year.

One of the teams will end an embarrassing streak in the finale of a three-game interleague series at Comerica Park.

Detroit, which is a major league-worst 6-25 at home, snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 9-7 win over the Rockies on Saturday, avenging Friday’s 7-2 defeat.

Highly touted prospects Warren Morris and Kevin Witt provided an offensive boost for the team with the least runs (196) in the majors, combining for seven hits.

“Kevin and I called ourselves the Knothole Gang in spring training, because we only played late in the games,” said Morris, who went 4-for-5. “It felt great that the two of us were able to produce like this up here. It has been a while since I’ve had a chance to prove myself in the big leagues.”

Eric Munson hit a go-ahead three-run homer for Detroit, which has not won a series at Comerica since taking two of three from Baltimore last August.

The Rockies, who own the majors’ worst road mark, are seeking their first series win away from Coors Field. Colorado has not won a road series since taking two of three at Florida last August.

”(Sunday) is a big game now,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “Someone is finally going to break their streak. It’s hard to believe we are still talking about this in mid-June, but here we are.”

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (5-5, 4.86 ERA). After a four-start winless streak, Jennings has returned to the form that helped him win the NL Rookie of the Year last season. The right-hander has allowed four runs and seven hits over 14 2-3 innings in winning his last two starts. On Tuesday, he yielded three hits over 7 2-3 brilliant frames as the Rockies blanked Minnesota 5-0 at the hitter-friendly Metrodome. Jennings is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA in nine road starts this year.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Gary Knotts (2-4, 4.30 ERA). Knotts is winless in his last three starts, but deserved a better fate in his last outing. In Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Los Angeles, Knotts allowed just one run and three hits over eight innings. It was the fourth time this season that he’s allowed just one earned run and failed to pick up a win.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .327 avg. and 55 runs; Preston Wilson, 15 HRs and 57 RBIs; Wilson and Larry Walker, 5 SBs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .280 avg., 12 HRs and 39 RBIs; Bobby Higginson, 31 runs; Alex Sanchez, 12 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Rockies - 6-6. Tigers - 4-8.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - 2B Juan Uribe has a nine-game hitting streak. … 3B Chris Stynes is 10-for-22 in his career at Comerica Park. … C Charles Johnson played in his 1,000th game Saturday, hitting a two-run homer in the loss. Tigers - RHP Knotts has walked eight in his last 12 innings. … The Tigers have turned 15 inning-ending double plays in the last 12 games, including four against Colorado. … RHP Knotts is 0-3 in seven home starts this season despite a 2.65 ERA.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 9-25 on the road; Tigers - 6-25 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - 2B Ronnie Belliard (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (back), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (side), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Tigers - OF Gene Kingsale (groin), 15-day-DL; 1B Carlos Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; INF Dean Palmer (shoulder, neck), 60-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL.

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J. Jennings Oak vs. G. Knotts NYM
12-13 Record 3-8
5.11 ERA 6.04
119 K 51
88 BB 47
1.65 WHIP 1.66