Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 1, 1st game

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DENVER (AP)—Jeff Francis pitched six strong innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Andy Tracy and Jeromy Burnitz hit RBI singles in the first inning and Francis made the early lead stand up.

Francis was one of five rookies in the Rockies’ starting lineup. They sent the Diamondbacks to their 105th loss, and eighth defeat in nine road games.

Robbie Hammock homered for Arizona.

Francis (3-2), Colorado’s first-round pick in the 2002 draft, gave up one run and seven hits. He matched a career high by striking out eight.

Brandon Webb (6-16) remained winless in four starts. He allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

The Rockies took a 3-0 lead in the first on the singles by Tracy and Burnitz and an RBI grounder from Charles Johnson. Burnitz finished with three hits.

Colorado broke it open in the eighth. Jorge Piedra hit a two-run double off Shane Nance, and Luis Gonzalez and Todd Helton had RBI singles off Scott Service.

Francis blanked Arizona on six singles over the first five innings, allowing only one runner past second base.

Hammock hit his third homer in the sixth, sending a drive into the Colorado bullpen in right-center field.


The doubleheader was the second traditional doubleheader played at Coors Field. … Hammock landed headfirst into the dirt in left field going after Burnitz’s ground-rule double in the third. … Johnson was in the starting lineup for the first time in nine games.

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