DENVER (AP) -- Preston Wilson slammed his bat, then turned toward
Colorado's dugout and let out a scream.
Nearly a month of frustration was gone with one swing.
"It felt like forever since I had had a home run," Wilson
said. "It was nice to get it and the time that it happened was
Wilson, last year's RBI champ with 141, missed more than two
months because of knee surgery and struggled when he returned from
the DL on June 18. He was 0-for-4 in his first game back and didn't
get much better, managing just four hits in 43 at-bats headed into
Wilson, dropped to sixth in the lineup after hitting cleanup
last year, grounded out and popped up in his first two at-bats
before lining a two-run homer to left off Mike Maroth (5-6) in the
fifth inning. He added a double in the seventh to finish 2-for-5.
"It was a little different bat toss than we've seen from him in
the past. It was very good," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
"He's got a lot of personal pride -- 4-for-43 back from an injury
is not where anybody wants to be. He put some better swings in his
first at-bat and got better as the game went along."
"When you give up 11 runs you should lose. Even here," Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said.
Jason Jennings (7-7) was shaky in his five innings, allowing
nine hits, five walks and six runs, but still picked up his fourth
straight win at Coors Field. It was also his 39th career win, tying
Kevin Ritz for second on Colorado's all-time list.
"It wasn't pretty, but I battled through and had success
tonight," Jennings said. "I'll take it."
He had plenty of help.
Colorado scored five runs in the final two innings of a 9-8,
10-inning win over the Tigers on Friday night, and kept it going in
this one. The Rockies had 16 hits and scored 10 runs for the 10th
time this season to take the first two game of the series after
losing five straight.
Castilla, who missed Friday's game while attending to a personal
matter, was 2-for-4, leaving him two hits short of tying Jorge Orta
(1,619) for most by a Mexican-born player.
Aaron Miles and Royce Clayton combined for five hits and four
runs at the top of the order, and Charles Johnson added three hits,
including a two-run double in the seventh inning that put the
Rockies up 9-6.
"It was good to see," Hurdle said. "Our offense had kind of
sputtered for about five games in a row and we've kind of been able
to scratch our way back."
The Rockies didn't take long to get going against Maroth.
Miles led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, then
Clayton pulled a run-scoring double down the line in left. Those
two had consecutive bunt singles to knock in the tying and winning
runs the night before.
Castilla hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. He also had a
two-run triple in the third inning to put the Rockies up 4-3.
Maroth gave up seven runs and 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings after
giving up five runs in five innings his last start.
"I'm trying to do too much," said Maroth, 2-7 his last nine
starts. "I need to take a step back and stay within myself. I
can't make the perfect pitch every time or make the breaking ball
Jennings has worked through trouble just about all season -- an
average of seven hits per game -- and this one was no different.
Detroit had at least two baserunners in each of his five
innings, scoring a run in the second on Maroth's groundout and two
more in the third on Dmitri Young's RBI single and Bobby
Higginson's double-play grounder.
Young finished with four hits.
Jennings got out of the fourth without allowing a run, but
couldn't escape trouble in the fifth.
White lined Jennings' first pitch to left for his 11th homer of
the season to tie the game at 4, then Munson followed with another
solo shot to right, his 11th.
Munson's bat split on the homer and bounced off the top of
Colorado's dugout before hitting a fan in the head. The woman
appeared dazed, but followed medical personnel up the stairs
"I've never seen anything like that," Hurdle said of Munson's
Todd Helton added an RBI single in the eighth for the Rockies.
Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez, who leads the majors with a .376
average, was given the night off. ... Colorado RF Larry Walker took
a hit away from Higginson with a sliding catch in the fifth inning.
... Tigers pitching coach Bob Cluck was ejected in the bottom of
the fifth after arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Tim