Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 2

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PHOENIX (AP)—Preston Wilson made up for his day off.

Wilson homered twice and had five RBIs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 Friday night to win consecutive road games for the first time since July 4-5 at Milwaukee.

Wilson, who sat out Colorado’s 9-4 win at St. Louis on Thursday, raised his major league-leading RBI total to 134 with a two-run double in the ninth.

“Everybody knows it’s getting kind of close,” said Wilson, who leads Toronto’s Carlos Delgado by eight RBIs for the major league lead. “The only thing is, I’m hoping I can drive in runs that help us win. We got to shake hands at the end and that’s what matters.”

Alex Cintron hit his 12th homer for the Diamondbacks, who fell 7 1/2 games behind the Florida Marlins in the NL wild-card race with 14 games left.

Colorado broke open a close game in the top of the sixth. With the Rockies leading 2-1 on Wilson’s fourth-inning solo homer, Chris Stynes led off with a single and scored on Todd Helton’s double.

Wilson followed with a towering home run, his 34th, into the left-field bullpen.

“I think it gave him a lift and I think it gave us a lift,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “For him to answer the way he did, he was impressive.”

Wilson’s second homer chased Arizona starter Elmer Dessens (7-8), who allowed five runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

“It starts off ground ball through the right side, double, then a two-run homer and it seems like once it goes, it goes quickly,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. “It happens so fast you can’t get anybody ready fast enough to get them in the ballgame and the damage is done.”

Converted reliever Jose Jimenez (2-8) allowed one run on eight hits over 5 2-3 innings for his first win as a starter since July 5, 1999, when he two-hit Arizona. Jimenez is 3-0 against the Diamondbacks, including a no-hitter on June 25, 1999.

“He kept us off balance,” Arizona’s Carlos Baerga said. “He pitched us different than the last couple of games we faced him.”

Dessens tied the game in the second on a bloop RBI single into shallow right field, his eighth hit of the season.

Stynes extended the Rockies’ lead to 6-1 with a seventh-inning sacrificefly. Cintron homered in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-2.

Notes

Wilson’s two-homer game was his fourth of the season and the 14th of his career. Wilson has hit 10 home runs and driven in 24 runs in 86 at-bats at Bank One Ballpark. … Colorado is 44-25 when Wilson drives in a run. … Arizona LF Luis Gonzalez returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Thursday’s game with a strained right elbow. … Colorado reliever Cory Vanceled off the seventh inning with his first career hit.

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