Colorado (60-87) at Arizona (67-82)

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  • Game info: 4:40 pm EDT Sun Sep 18, 2005
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Tony Clark looks to continue his remarkable season for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they host the Colorado Rockies in the deciding game of their series at Bank One Ballpark.

Clark hit home runs from both sides of the plate, including a go-ahead shot in the seventh inning, to rally the Diamondbacks to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies.

“I’ve been fortunate,” said Clark. “I’m not naive enough to think it’s always going to fall in or the ball’s always going to find a hole or that I’m always going to come through. It’s a matter of controlling what you can.

“I’ll enjoy everything once I made my last out. Until I make my last out, I’ll always have work to do.

Clark, signed to a one-year contract as a pinch hitter and role player, is hitting .313 in 204 at-bats with 29 homers and 82 RBIs.

“You look at his numbers and the amount of at-bats he’s had, and it’s ridiculous what this guy has done for us,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

“He’s hot, but he’s getting pitches to hit,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We leave it out over the plate right now and he’s putting it into the seats. We can’t play defense on the other side of the wall.”

Colorado rookie Jeff Francis will try to slow down Clark’s power surge when he faces the D’Backs on Sunday.

The left-hander has struggled lately, and was hammered in a 7-0 loss at the Dodgers on Wednesday. He allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings. Francis has yielded 111 earned runs in 30 starts, second-most in the NL to the 122 off Cincinnati’s Eric Milton.

“He really struggled to get any strikes on the close side. And every time he went away, he elevated the ball,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s just part of a long season. But fatigue’s not a factor and there’s a lot of fight left in him. He’s a part of our future, and this is an excellent challenge for him that he can turn into a great learning experience.”

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5.68 ERA 6.89
128 K 46
70 BB 65
1.62 WHIP 1.84