Series: Game 3 of 3

Colorado won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, September 20
Arizona 4Final
Colorado 9
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
Arizona 8Final
Colorado 15
Game 3: Sunday, September 22
Arizona 7Final
Colorado 11

Diamondbacks 7

(94-61, 43-35 away)

Rockies 11

(72-84, 47-34 home)

    3:05 PM ET, September 22, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: B. Fuentes (2-0)

    L: G. Swindell (0-2)

    Rockies sweep series against slipping D-Backs

    DENVER (AP) -- Three consecutive defeats -- coupled with three victories in a row by San Francisco -- have the Arizona Diamondbacks looking over their shoulders.

    Jay Payton's move to the Royals paved the way for Jeromy Burnitz to join the Rockies.

    Todd Helton homered and drove in five runs as the Colorado Rockies beat Arizona 11-7 Sunday to sweep a three-game series, keeping the Diamondbacks' magic number for clinching the National League West at three.

    San Francisco's third consecutive victory, 3-1 over Milwaukee, reduced Arizona's division lead to 4 games.

    Arizona's magic number for clinching at least a wild-card spot remained at one after Los Angeles defeated San Diego 4-3.

    ''We need a win,'' Diamondbacks right-hander Miguel Batista said.

    Arizona reliever Mike Myers said he didn't sense any worry in the Diamondbacks' clubhouse.

    ''One win could turn it around for us. As bad as we played in this series, this could be the best thing that could happen to this team,'' he said. ''We're still loose and having fun.''

    First baseman Mark Grace insisted, ''We're fine. All we've got to do is win a couple of games. Hopefully, we'll right the ship in St. Louis and do some damage.''

    The Diamondbacks begin a three-game series at NL Central champion St. Louis on Monday, then play their final four games at home against Colorado.

    ''Our magic number is three,'' Myers noted. ''That's not much, and we've got seven games to do it.''

    Manager Bob Brenly said his team ''didn't play well in any aspect of the game in this series. But we'll be in St. Louis and we'll get back after it again.

    ''All you can do is forget about this one and move on. In the past, we've been pretty good about letting bad games or bad series go and moving on, and we're going to have to do it again,'' he said.

    Jay Payton went 4-for-4 for the Rockies, including a club record-tying three doubles, and scored a career-high four runs.

    The Diamondbacks erased a 3-0 deficit with a six-run third inning that included five doubles.

    But Colorado countered in the sixth on Helton's 30th homer, a three-run shot off reliever Greg Swindell (0-2).

    Juan Pierre slapped a single to lead off the inning. Payton doubled and, with one out, Helton homered for an 8-6 lead.

    Arizona got a run in the eighth on a walk, single, wild pitch and Junior Spivey's infield single.

    Helton's run-scoring double highlighted the Rockies' three-run eighth.

    Brian Fuentes (2-0) pitched two innings to earn a victory for the second day in a row.

    ''Our bullpen reminds me of something I read in history class: Never have so few given so much,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Our bullpen was really, really good the past three days.''

    Colorado's Victor Santos had his second consecutive poor outing. Eight days after giving up nine hits and six runs in 1 2/3 innings of his only previous start for Colorado, Santos allowed seven hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings.

    In the third, the Diamondbacks scored five runs off Santos before he could record an out.

    Quinton McCracken and Dave Dellucci started the inning with doubles. Spivey singled and Steve Finley walked, loading the bases. Erubiel Durazo lined a two-run double down the first-base line. Matt Williams followed with a two-run double into the left-field corner. With one out, Rod Barajas hit another double, chasing Santos.

    Payton's run-scoring double helped the Rockies cut the deficit to 6-5 in the fourth. Pierre led off with a bunt single, and Payton doubled to right-center. Payton scored on a groundout.

    The Rockies manufactured a run in the first. Payton singled and Helton walked. On Greg Norton's grounder up the middle, Spivey couldn't get the ball out of his glove. As Payton rounded third and started for home, the second baseman threw to third, and Payton beat the relay to the plate.

    In the Colorado second, Larry Walker hit a two-run double.

    Arizona's Miguel Batista, who hasn't won in his last six starts, went five innings, allowing 10 hits and five runs. He departed with a 6-5 lead, but Swindell couldn't hold it.

    Game notes

    Arizona left-handed pitcher Brian Anderson, who broke a bone in his left foot after being struck by Ben Petrick's liner Saturday, will wear a boot and be sidelined at least four to six weeks, putting his postseason in doubt. ... Santos, in his second major league plate appearance, got his first hit. ... Walker reached 100 RBI for the second consecutive season and fifth season in his career. ... The Rockies drew 26,520 in their final home game of the season. Their attendance for the year was 2,737,838, down for the sixth consecutive year and down 13 percent from the 3,159,385 of last season. ... After the game, Rockies players and coaches made their traditional tour around the perimeter of the field, tossing caps, jerseys and T-shirts to the cheering fans.

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