Detroit (18-52) at Colorado (37-38)

  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 21, 2003
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The Detroit Tigers could really get used to playing at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Detroit hopes to continue its offensive surge as it resumes a three-game interleague series with the Colorado Rockies.

Eric Munson, Bobby Higginson and Kevin Witt homered as the Tigers beat the Rockies 7-5 on Friday, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Alex Sanchez had three hits for the Tigers. Munson and Witt were among four Detroit players with two hits.

“We hope we will get some more offense here,” Munson said. “When you swing the bats well, you hope it’s contagious and carries over to the next day.”

Tigers manager Alan Trammell agreed.

“The story of our year has been our inability to score runs,” Trammell said. “I’m just glad we won one. They have been so few and far between.”

The win raised the Tigers’ record to 18-52, still worst in the majors.

Colorado fell to 1-8 this season when giving up three homers to the opposition.

“Our record is not very good when we give up three home runs in a game,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

“You think that’s a terrible ballclub over there, (but) you play them every night and you’re going to find out different. They play hard. They play nine innings. They’re not getting the results they would like, but they haven’t backed off the pedal.

Mark Bellhorn, acquired from the Chicago Cubs in a trade for Jose Hernandez on Thursday, went 2-for-3 in his Rockies debut.

STANDINGS: Tigers - 5th place, 20 GB, AL Central. Rockies - tied for 3rd place, 8 GB, NL West.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Roney (0-1, 3.00 ERA). The rookie right-hander will be on a strict pitch count when he makes his first major league start. He threw 41 pitches in 4 1-3 innings of scoreless relief against the Rockies in a 5-4 loss last Saturday, allowing one hit. He has made 22 relief appearances this season.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (6-5, 4.83 ERA). The right-hander has won a season-high three straight starts, including a 5-4 win at Detroit last Sunday. He allowed three runs and six hits over six innings.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Tigers - Dmitri Young, .278 avg., 14 HRs and 42 RBIs; Bobby Higginson, 34 runs; Alex Sanchez, 12 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .343 avg. and 62 runs; Preston Wilson, 15 HRs, 62 RBIs and 6 SBs.


INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Tigers, 4-9; Rockies, 7-6.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - Detroit is hoping to have INF Carlos Pena back on Monday for their series opener in Boston. Pena was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday night at Triple-A Toledo after being on the DL with a strained left hamstring. … SS Shane Halter, who was 6-for-19 in the Cleveland series, started his 13th game at shortstop Friday and went 2-for-4. Halter, a .229 hitter, will remain in the lineup ahead of SS Omar Infante, who is hitting .215 over 57 games, according to Trammell. … Detroit leads the majors in sacrifice bunts with 37. Rockies - 2B Ronnie Belliard, who began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, likely will play there at least through the weekend. Belliard went on the DL June 3 with a sprained right ankle. … 3B Chris Stynes has a career-high 43 RBIs. He had 40 with Cincinnati in 2000. … INF Greg Norton hit his first pinch-hit homer this season in the ninth inning of Friday’s loss. It was the sixth pinch-hit homer of his career, the last coming on May 24, 2002 against San Francisco.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 12-23 on the road; Rockies - 27-13 at home.

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

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1-9 Record 12-13
5.45 ERA 5.11
47 K 119
48 BB 88
1.49 WHIP 1.65