Rockies 11, Giants 7

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DENVER (AP)—One night earlier, Colorado All-Star Preston Wilson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Consider him back on track.

Wilson had four hits and four RBIs, matching career highs in both categories, and Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer as the Rockies snapped the San Francisco Giants’ three-game winning streak, 11-7 Wednesday night.

Wilson’s two-run double in the eighth gave the Rockies a four-run cushion after the Giants, sparked by Barry Bonds’ three-run homer, had whittled the lead to 9-7.

“I had a rough little stretch,” Wilson said. “But you try to stay the same—do the same work, don’t change anything or try to do more—and hopefully it turns around. Tonight was a good night.”

Larry Walker and Chris Stynes each had two hits. Walker’s two-run double in the first was his 1,279th hit with the Rockies, breaking the franchise record he had shared with Dante Bichette.

“I’m happy I got it,” Walker said. “I’m happy I’ve been in a Rockies uniform as long as I have. But I’m not overly excited about it. All of the records that are held by anybody are going to be passed by (Todd) Helton sooner or later anyway.”

Bonds drove in four runs for the Giants, including his 27th homer of the season and 640th of his career. Bonds needs 20 more homers to tie Willie Mays for third on baseball’s career list.

“It was fortunate that Preston had the night that he did to give us a little cushion going into the ninth, up four runs instead of two,” Walker said. “Especially with Bonds due up fourth.”

As it turned out, Bonds never batted in the ninth. After Bonds’ one-out homer in the seventh, Jose Jimenez retired the next five batters—all on grounders. Justin Speier then pitched a perfect ninth.

Jimenez was an unlikely hero, having struggled since losing his closer’s job a week ago.

“It was a real good night for Jose in a real critical spot for us in the ballgame,” Hurdle said. “He just kept rolling ground balls. He was efficient—he had velocity and sink on his pitches. We needed an anchor, and he showed up tonight in a big way.”

Colorado’s Aaron Cook (3-6) went 6 1-3 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs. After a rough start, Cook retired 14 of 16 batters during one stretch.

San Francisco’s Jesse Foppert (5-8) lasted just 2 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and eight runs, four earned. The Rockies scored four runs in the first and four more in the third off Foppert.

“I have some concerns about Jesse because of all of his pitches,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “He threw 43 pitches in the first inning, and it had nothing to do with Coors Field because he threw 40 at home once in the first inning. He lacked command, especially with his fastball.”

Consecutive singles by J.T. Snow, Marquis Grissom and Bonds gave San Francisco a run in the first.

Larry Walker’s two-run double highlighted the bottom half, and Wilson and Jay Payton added RBI singles.

Edgardo Alfonzo was hit by a pitch leading off the second and scored on Ray Durham’s double. Durham went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Snow’s groundout, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

Helton was hit by a pitch leading off the Rockies’ third. With one out, Walker walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Payton struck out, but the pitch got away from catcher Benito Santiago for a passed ball, scoring a run.

One out later, Uribe hit a 438-foot homer to left-center, his fifth.

Colorado made it 9-3 in the sixth on Helton’s triple and Wilson’s RBI single.

Pinch-hitter Alberto Castillo led off San Francisco’s four-run seventh with a ground-rule double, then scored on Snow’s double. Nelson Cruz relieved Cook and gave up Marquis Grissom’s singled, and Bonds followed with his line-drivehomer.

Notes

The Giants placed LHP Kirk Rueter on the 15-day disabled list with a strained throwing shoulder and purchased the contract of RHP Brian Powell from Triple-A Fresno. … Rockies RHP Shawn Chacon was scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Colorado Springs. … Cook’s three wild pitches matched the club record. … Bonds’ homer was his 465th in a San Francisco uniform, four shy of first-place Willie McCovey on the San Francisco careerhomer list.

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