DENVER (AP) -- Todd Helton pumped his fist in the air after
hitting a late home run, feeling the weight of the Colorado
Rockies' long losing streak quickly fading.
"That wasn't too much emotion was it?" Helton said. "I hope I
didn't show up anybody, but the situation we were in, we needed
that run, especially with the job the bullpen did tonight."
Helton and Vinny Castilla drove in two runs each to help Joe
Kennedy win for the first time in eight starts, and the Rockies
snapped an eight-game losing streak by holding on for a 6-3 victory
over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Castilla was 3-for-4, including his 16th homer, and Helton went
1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored for the Rockies, who were
four losses short of the franchise's longest losing streak.
"We were due for a win," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
"We had some timely hitting and got a good ballgame tonight from a
lot of people."
Kennedy (5-4) gave up seven hits and three innings in five
innings to win for the first time since beating Montreal on May 5.
He had been 0-4 in his previous seven starts.
Shawn Chacon threw 31 pitches and faced the tying run in the
ninth before finishing for his 11th save in 16 attempts.
Chacon hit Mark Bellhorn with a pitch with one out, and walked
Manny Ramirez with two outs to put the tying run at the plate.
Nomar Garciaparra reached on an infield single to deep short to
load the bases, but Chacon struck out Jason Varitek to end it and
then pounded his glove in delight.
"Every ounce of frustration I've had in the last year was
brought out after that last pitch," Chacon said. "Coming in, I
was just thinking `Win.' Always the same thought: Win. Just win.
Get it done. That's all and nothing else."
Bronson Arroyo (2-5) worked the first six innings and gave up
four runs, but remained winless in his last five starts.
The Red Sox stranded 12 baserunners and left the bases loaded
"We had the right people up with men on base," Boston manager
Terry Francona said. "Their pitchers and, particularly, their
bullpen did the job."
Castilla hit a liner over the scoreboard in right to lead off
the second inning, giving Colorado a 1-0 lead.
Boston took a 3-1 lead in the third when Gabe Kapler and Johnny
Damon reached on infield singles, and Bellhorn doubled them in.
Bellhorn extended his hitting streak to 13 games with two hits and
drove in two runs.
The Red Sox loaded the bases when Kennedy hit Kevin Millar with
a pitch and walked Ramirez. Garciaparra's sacrifice fly to right
The Rockies scored three times in the third to regain the lead.
Helton walked with two outs, Castilla singled and Jeromy Burnitz
followed with an RBI single to right. Castilla also scored when
Kapler's throw from right field bounced off Garciaparra's glove and
into short left field.
Kennedy worked out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam without
allowing a run in the fifth. Garciaparra lined out, Varitek forced
Bellhorn at the plate and Kevin Youkilis grounded out to second.
"It was a battle," Embree said of Helton's at-bat. "On 3-2, I
put the pitch inside and he hammered it."<
^Notes@: 2B Pokey Reese was a late scratch with a strained toe on
his right foot. ... RHP Curt Schilling will have an MRI on his
right ankle after his scheduled start Wednesday. ... OF Trot Nixon
makes his 2004 debut Wednesday. ... The Red Sox have doubled in 39
consecutive games. ... OF Larry Walker was 0-for-2 Tuesday in the
first game of a rehab assignment at Double A Tulsa.