Series: Game 2 of 3

Colorado leads 2-0 (as of 6/19)

Game 1: Friday, June 18
Game 2: Saturday, June 19
Game 3: Sunday, June 20

Orioles 6

(27-37, 12-19 away)

Rockies 11

(25-42, 17-17 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 19, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: J. Fassero (1-6)

    L: E. DuBose (4-6)

    Fassero pitches five-plus innings

    DENVER (AP) -- Striking hitters out, beating out infield singles and scoring runs -- it's a lot to ask of a 41-year-old in the Mile High City's thin air.

    Not that Jeff Fassero is complaining -- much.

    Fassero threw five-plus solid innings to win for the first time in nearly a year and Preston Wilson drove in four runs in his second game since coming off the disabled list, lifting the Colorado Rockies to an 11-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

    "I played the whole game, though I would prefer to do all that in some other city than Denver," Fassero said. "It's just so hard to get oxygen back in your system. You do it only once every five days and that makes it hard because you can't simulate game activity here."

    Getting a little help from the offense certainly helped him catch his breath.

    The Rockies scored five runs in the third inning off Eric DuBose (5-5) and three more in the fourth to win consecutive series for the first time since beating San Francisco and Los Angeles last July.

    The run support was a nice change for Fassero (1-6), who had allowed five earned runs in 18 1-3 innings over last three starts, but got two losses and a no decision because the Rockies managed six total runs.

    Fassero took advantage, allowing eight hits and four runs in 5 2-3 innings to win for the first time since beating Kansas City last June 28 while with St. Louis -- a span of 11 decisions. It was his first win as a starter since Aug. 9, 2000, against Anaheim while pitching for Boston.

    "You start the season in a new place and before you know it you're 0-6 and you haven't pitched that bad," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He went out there and took it to them tonight, made pitches."

    He got plenty of help.

    Vinny Castilla drove in three runs, Todd Helton drove in two, and Royce Clayton had two RBI and scored three runs for Colorado, which has won four of five since an eight-game losing streak.

    Wilson, who missed 58 games due to knee surgery, picked up where he left off last year when he led the NL with 141 RBI. He had two doubles and finished 2-for-3 after going hitless in four at-bats Friday in his first game back.

    "I've been waiting for him to get back and see what was going to happen," Hurdle said.

    The Orioles have to be wondering what's going to happen next after losing yet another player.

    Left fielder B.J. Surhoff was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a strained calf and third baseman Melvin Mora missed his second straight game because of sore foot. Outfielder Luis Matos also didn't play because of sore ribs, leaving Baltimore with just two position players on the bench.

    Javy Lopez was 3-for-5, Rafael Palmeiro had three RBI and Baltimore had 14 hits, but it still wasn't enough to keep the Orioles from matching their season high of seven straight losses.

    "You're mad when you lose, sure," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "They're just giving me what they have. That's it, that's all I can ask for. Obviously, you want different results, just right now we're not getting them."

    Baltimore got a run in the second inning on Larry Bigbie's sacrifice, then Palmeiro made it 2-0 in the third with a single to right.

    The lead didn't last long.

    With DuBose struggling with his control -- consecutive walks after Luis Gonzalez tripled -- the Rockies scored five times in the bottom of the third on Clayton's two-run single and Wilson's three-run double to left.

    Colorado scored three more in the fourth on Helton's two-run double and Castilla's sacrifice that made it 8-2.

    DuBose allowed seven runs on six hits and walked three in 3 1-3 innings after giving up eight runs and six hits in just 2 2-3 innings Monday against Cleveland. He's given up at least six runs in four of his past seven starts, losing three straight decisions and four of the past five.

    "Sometimes you're like anyone else, you go through a slump," Mazzilli said. "I don't know where I can go with that."

    Baltimore cut Colorado's lead to 8-4 on Roberts' two-run single in the sixth inning, and Palmeiro knocked in two more with a double in the eighth that made it 9-6.

    Castilla made it 11-6 in the eighth with a two-run single.

    Game notes

    Baltimore's Jerry Hairston was caught trying to steal home in the fourth inning. Hairston took off from third when C Todd Greene threw the ball back to the mound, but Fassero got it back just in time. ... Baltimore's Jay Gibbons ended an 0-for-16 slump with a single in the second inning, but lost a hit in sixth when Helton made a diving stop down the line at first. ... Colorado failed to hit a homer at home for the fourth straight game, its longest streak since going four games without a longball last July.

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