Arizona (44-36) at Colorado (42-41)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 30, 2003
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Several of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ best players may be on the disabled list, but that has not been much of a problem for manager Bob Brenly lately.

The Diamondbacks will try to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games when they meet the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a four-game series at Coors Field.

With nine players on the DL, including ace pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, Brenly has frequently turned to younger players. They have not disappointed.

On Sunday, rookie third baseman Robby Hammock drove in three runs, including a two-run homer in the 10th inning, to lead the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Fellow first-year players Lyle Overbay and Matt Kata have also played crucial roles in Arizona’s recent surge.

“It seems like our rookies are in the middle of everything right now,” Brenly said. “Not to overlook Gonzo (Luis Gonzalez) and Fins (Steve Finley), but the rookies are getting on base and coming up with big hits to drive in the go-ahead or winning runs. They don’t get rattled and they don’t get awed by the situation—they just go up and do their job.”

In 24 games this season, Hammock is batting .324 with four homers and 17 RBIs.

“We act like rookies off the field,” Hammock said. “But on the field, you are taught to play baseball as soon as you sign. Once you get up here, you are supposed to act like you have been here before. We just try to follow the lead of the older guys.”

The Rockies, who have lost three of four, were pounded by the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 on Sunday. They committed two errors and managed just four hits.

Colorado finished a six-game road trip to San Diego and Pittsburgh with a 3-3 record.

STANDINGS: Diamondbacks - 3rd place, 4 GB, NL West. Rockies - 4th place, 7 1/2 GB, NL West.

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Elmer Dessens (5-4, 5.19 ERA). Dessens broke a string of five straight no-decisions on Wednesday, pitching 6 2-3 innings in a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros. He gave up two runs and six hits while striking out four and walking two. The 32-year-old right-hander is 2-1 with a 7.99 ERA in seven career games against Colorado.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Darren Oliver (5-5, 4.86 ERA). Oliver took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Padres on Tuesday. He ended up allowing one run and four hits through six innings of a 5-2 victory. In five career games against Arizona, the 32-year-old left-hander is 0-1 with a 4.97 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Gonzalez, .318 avg., 15 HRs, 55 RBIs and 52 runs; Tony Womack, 8 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .336 avg. and 70 runs; Preston Wilson, 17 HRs, 70 RBIs and 6 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 5-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - LF Gonzalez has had 11 three-hit games this season. … CF Finley went 2-for-5 Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s batting .462 (18-for-39) during the streak. … RF Quinton McCracken is 2-for-10 in his career against LHP Oliver. Rockies - 2B Ronnie Belliard is batting .095 (2-for-21) in his career against RHP Dessens. … 1B Helton went 1-for-3 Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He’s batting .393 (22-for-56) during the streak. … RF Larry Walker started his 972nd game as a Rockie on Sunday, tying Dante Bichette’s franchise record.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 20-18 on the road; Rockies - 29-13 at home.

INJURIES: Diamondbacks - 3B Shea Hillenbrand (oblique), 15-day DL; INF Junior Spivey (ankle), 15-day DL; OF Danny Bautista (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; LHP Johnson (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; INF Craig Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL. Rockies - OF Chris Richard (hamstring), 60-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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