Colorado (68-81) at Arizona (76-73)

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  • Game info: 4:35 pm EDT Sun Sep 14, 2003
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Randy Johnson looks to break out of a frustrating slump as the Arizona Diamondbacks conclude their three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Bank One Ballpark.

On Tuesday, Johnson gave up four runs, three earned, and eight hits in eight innings of a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I felt pretty good about all my pitches,” he said. “I thought I was pretty effective tonight. Unfortunately, the outcome doesn’t show that.”

Johnson, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Wednesday, lost in September for the first time since Sept. 5, 2000. Even worse, he is 1-4 with a 5.50 ERA in his last six starts.

“Everybody’s a little frustrated,” Johnson said. “We play a little tight at time. But, inevitably, I’m in control of one thing and that’s to go out and pitch the best I can.”

Johnson missed 12 weeks earlier in the season due to knee surgery. Since his return on June 20, he has won only three games in 11 outings.

On Saturday, the Diamondbacks pummeled the Rockies 16-6 for their third win in four games. Alex Cintron went 4-for-4 with two doubles, and Raul Mondesi and Luis Gonzalez each homered for Arizona.

Todd Helton went 3-for-4 with a double, and Jay Payton and Gregg Zaun each homered for the Rockies, who have lost 10 of their last 13.

Preston Wilson had two RBIs, increasing his major league-leading total to 136.

STANDINGS: Rockies - 4th place, 22 1/2 GB, NL West. Diamondbacks - 3rd place, 14 1/2 GB, NL West.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (12-12, 5.00 ERA). On Tuesday, Jennings gave up just one earned run and six hits in six innings of an 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals—his second straight win since a four-game losing streak. He is 2-1 with a 5.70 ERA in five career starts against the Diamondbacks

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Johnson (4-8, 4.84 ERA). In 16 career starts against the Rockies, Johnson is 11-4.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .354 avg. and 127 runs; Preston Wilson, 34 HRs, 136 RBIs and 12 SBs. Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .301 avg., 24 HRs, 95 RBIs and 87 runs; Steve Finley, 14 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 8-7.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - The Rockies are 44-34 when scoring first. … 1B Helton needs is just one double shy of his third straight season with 50 doubles, 30 homers and 100 RBIs. Hall of Famer Chuck Klein is the only player in baseball history to accomplish that feat twice. … The Rockies are 13-33 all-time at Bank One Ballpark, their lowest percentage in any current NL park. Diamondbacks - RHP Curt Schilling threw a 10-minute bullpen session off the mound Saturday and will be able to make his start Tuesday in Los Angeles. On Sept. 6, he strained a muscle in his neck, causing him to miss his Thursday start. … Any combination of five Florida Marlins wins or Arizona losses will eliminate the Diamondbacks from the postseason. … LHP Johnson is 3-5 with a 5.03 ERA in nine home starts this season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 23-54 on the road; Diamondbacks - 43-34 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - C Bobby Estalella (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Shawn Chacon (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chin-hui Tsao (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Diamondbacks - RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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J. Jennings Oak vs. R. Johnson SF
12-13 Record 6-8
5.11 ERA 4.26
119 K 125
88 BB 27
1.65 WHIP 1.33