Colorado (27-44) at Cleveland (35-36)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Jun 25, 2004
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The Colorado Rockies are finally beginning to show signs of life.

They’ll look to make it three straight wins when they open a three-game interleague series with the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.

Colorado has struggled to put together wins all year, playing most of the season without injured outfielders Larry Walker and Preston Wilson.

However, Colorado is enjoying its best nine-game stretch of the season. The Rockies have won two straight and six of their last nine.

Mark Sweeney hit a two-run homer as Colorado beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Thursday for a rare win in a road series.

“It’s another big step for us,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Colorado, a major league-worst 10-26 on the road, took two of three from the Brewers. The Rockies had won just one other road series this year, winning two of three at San Diego from May 31-June 2.

The Rockies have won consecutive road games after dropping eight in a row away from Coors Field. Overall, the last-place Rockies have won three straight series for the first time since May 7-16, 2002.

The Indians have lost two of three to fall five games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

Cleveland was limited to six hits and one run in a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Coco Crisp doubled in the fifth and scored the Indians’ lone run on Matt Lawton’s single.

“We’ve got to get at least one more run there. It’s a big difference between 3-1 and 3-2,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

The Indians have not had much trouble scoring runs this year. Cleveland ranks second in the majors with 384 runs and fourth with a .279 team batting average.

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