Rockies 7, Giants 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Now that the Colorado Rockies finally have their regular lineup healthy, they are hoping for a good run heading into the All-Star break.
“We’re looking for that hot streak,” said Colorado’s Royce Clayton, who had three hits with a ninth-inning RBI single. “We knew we were going to get hot at some point. It wouldn’t be bad timing to get some momentum going heading into the second half.”
Burnitz, who slumped in June and hasn’t homered in nearly a month, is batting .462 (6-for-13) this season at San Francisco, where Colorado had lost nine straight games.
Colorado, which had not won four straight since last July 25-29, scored five runs in the first on the way to winning in San Francisco for the first time since a 4-1 victory on June 2 last year.
The Rockies had two four-game winning streaks last July, so manager Clint Hurdle likes the way this month is shaping up so far.
“It’s our lucky month,” he said. “We’re looking for a lucky month.”
Aaron Cook (3-3) pitched five effective innings in his 10th start after his recall from Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 17. Jeff Fassero pitched three scoreless innings of relief and Shawn Chacon worked the ninth for his 18th save in 24 chances.
Cook earned his second win in his last six starts, allowing four runs and six hits. In his previous outing against San Francisco, he gave up a career-high eight runs in four innings during a 16-4 loss to Dustin Hermanson on June 6 at Coors Field.
Colorado, which began a seven-game trip, got six hits in the first inning off Brett Tomko (3-5) to take a 5-0 lead.
“He got off throwing with no command at all,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “His mechanics were off. By the time he got it, he was behind 6-0.”
Colorado completed its first sweep of the season Sunday, rallying from an eight-run deficit to beat the Tigers 10-8—the Rockies’ biggest comeback in franchise history.
Barry Bonds got the day off Monday, the first game he hasn’t started since June 17 against Toronto. He became baseball’s career walks leader Sunday when he passed Rickey Henderson with his 2,191st walk and No. 121 this season.
“It’s a different lineup without Barry,” Cook said. “You see the lineup without Barry Bonds in it and you feel you’re living right. Then you have to go after the other guys.”
The Giants scored three runs in the third against Cook, who had all three of his walks in the inning. Deivi Cruz hit an RBI single, J.T. Snow had a run-scoring double, and A.J. Pierzynski added an RBI groundout. Ray Durham added a run-scoring single in the fourth.
San Francisco has lost six of its last nine games. Still, the Giants have beaten the Rockies in 14 of the last 17 meetings between the division rivals, including a three-game sweep at home May 28-30.
Tomko, who had won two straight starts following a stretch of seven winless outings, was booed early in this one. When he came to the plate in the third, one fan hollered, “I hope you bat better than you pitch!”
After a walk to Helton in the fourth, Tomko retired his final seven batters. He gave up six runs and 10 hits.
Wayne Franklin followed Tomko and got six straight outs.
“I was trying to hush the boos, so I figured I better start pitching,” Tomko said. “It’s definitely frustrating. You want to knock down your ERA a bit and get back on your feet and then you go out like that. I just tried to settle down and go as long as I could. Any time you get booed at home it’s notfun.”
With his triple, Castilla tied Jorge Orta for the most hits (1,619) by a Mexican-born player in major league history. … The Rockies are 10-29 at SBC Park, the club’s worst record in any current NL ballpark. … The Giants hit into their major league-leading 86th double play in the first. … Tomko is 3-5 in 12 starts against Colorado. He came into Monday’s game with two no-decisions vs. the Rockies this season. … Helton extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 games with a second-inning double. He is batting .462 (18-for-39) sinceJune 25. … The Giants lost on a Monday for the first time this year.