Detroit (37-42) at Colorado (30-49)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Denver, CO
Temp: 70° F
  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 4, 2004
  • TV: WKBD, KTVD
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Colorado center fielder Preston Wilson’s season was derailed because of an injured left knee. He’s hoping that Saturday’s breakout game will get him back on track.

Wilson looks to stay hot at the plate as the Rockies conclude their three-game interleague series with the Detroit Tigers at Coors Field. He went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Saturday, helping the Rockies beat the Tigers 11-6. The homer was the first of the season for Wilson, who missed most of the first half of the campaign with a knee injury that required surgery to repair torn cartilage.

“It felt like forever since I had had a home run,” said Wilson, who slammed down his bat and yelled at his team’s dugout after hitting the shot. “It was nice to get it, and the time that it happened was good, too.”

Heading into Saturday’s game, Wilson, who played the first six games of the season before the injury forced him to the bench, had gone just 4-for-43 since returning from the disabled list June 18, lowering his batting average from .227 to .148.

“It was a little different bat toss than we’ve seen from him in the past. It was very good,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s got a lot of personal pride—4-for-43 back from an injury is not where anybody wants to be. He put some better swings in his first at-bat and got better as the game went along.”

Wilson is coming off the best season of his six-year career. He hit .282 with 141 RBIs—including an NL record 91 before the All-Star break—and a career-high 36 homers in his first season with Colorado, earning his first trip to the All-Star game.

Vinny Castilla went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, and Charles Johnson had two doubles and two RBIs for the Rockies, who have won two in a row since a five-game losing streak.

Rondell White homered, Eric Munson added a broken-bat blast and Dmitri Young went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI for the Tigers, who have lost three straight since a six-game winning streak. Detroit has lost eight of 14 overall.

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