Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Colorado won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, July 2
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in 10
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Game 2: Saturday, July 3
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Colorado11
Game 3: Sunday, July 4
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Colorado10

Tigers 8

(37-43, 16-24 away)

Rockies 10

(31-49, 20-21 home)

    3:05 PM ET, July 4, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    DET 140210000 8 12 1
    COL 00006400 - 10 10 2

    W: A. Bernero (1-0)

    L: G. Knotts (4-3)

    S: S. Chacon (17)

    Castilla drives in four runs

    DENVER (AP) -- Vinny Castilla celebrated his 37th birthday by helping the Colorado Rockies to a record-tying comeback.

    Castilla had four RBI and Royce Clayton also drove in four runs to help the Rockies erase an eight-run deficit and beat the Detroit Tigers 10-8 Sunday.

    "I feel 21, not any older," Castilla said. "And if people put runners on base ahead of me, I'm capable of driving them in."

    Castilla went 1-for-5 with a three-run double and had his RBI total reach 69. Clayton went 2-for-5 with a bases-loaded triple.

    Shawn Chacon struck out Ivan Rodriguez with two runners on to end the eighth inning and pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 23 chances. Adam Bernero (1-0) allowed a single in two innings of relief.

    "Vinny is driving in runs no matter where we have put him," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "Vinny got a big hit, but so did Royce."

    Omar Infante had three hits and three RBI for the Tigers, who have lost four straight. Gary Knotts (4-3) failed to hold an 8-0 lead allowing nine runs on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

    "Again, this is one of those things here where you get the momentum, and they took it," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "We had an 8-0 lead, we should have won."

    "Again, I remember a couple of years ago, I was telling the guys I was walking home with: We had an 8-0 lead, it was in the third and we lost 13-9 a few years ago," Trammell said. "We kept saying 'Let's add on' but we couldn't do it and they obviously got the win."

    Colorado scored six runs in the fifth to make it 8-6. Matt Holliday had an RBI single and Aaron Miles and Clayton each hit two-out RBI singles. Helton walked, loading the bases before Castilla lined the ball off the wall in center.

    "We feel comfortable at this because it is the way you win here," Castilla said, whose double gave him 287 for his career and tied him with Aurelio Rodriguez for the most by a Mexican-born player. "If they score eight runs, you want to score 10 just like we did in 1995."

    The Rockies loaded the bases again in the sixth against Knotts and Clayton tripled off reliever Craig Dingman, then scored on Castilla's groundout.

    Infante's two-run double to the fence in center keyed a four-run fourth inning that gave Detroit a 5-0 lead. Rondell White singled and scored from third base when Vinny Castilla booted Craig Monroe's grounder at third and Carlos Pena came home on Alex Sanchez's infield single.

    Sanchez tripled to right after Estes issued a four-pitch walk to Knotts with one out in the fourth inning. Infante's bloop single to right scored Sanchez.

    Craig Monroe had an RBI double in the fifth inning.

    "That was one of the best comebacks I have seen since I have been associated with the Rockies organization," Hurdle said. "We were down 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth, and we hadn't really hit any balls hard up to that point."< ^Notes@: The Rockies do not plan to pitch to Barry Bonds in their upcoming series with San Francisco. "If he can beat us, he is going to have to move on down the line," Hurdle said. "I don't like it, but that's just the way it is." ... The Tigers will activate C Chris Shelton from the DL on Friday. ... INF Brandon Inge took grounders for the first time since fracturing his right index finger. ... Detroit finished 9-9 in interleague play. ... Colorado's six-run fifth tied a season high. ... Trammell was ejected by plate umpire Gary Cederstrom in the ninth for arguing after Carlos Guillen was called out on strikes for the second out of the inning. During the game, Cederstrom also ejected LHP Jamie Walker, RHP Jeremy Bonderman and Guillen.

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