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Schmidt pitches well, but pen blows lead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jeromy Burnitz helped end Colorado's bad
luck in San Francisco.

Burnitz homered and drove in three runs, including a go-ahead
single in the ninth, helping the Rockies overcome a five-run
deficit to win their fifth straight, 8-6 over the Giants on Tuesday
night.

"We might have reversed the mojo," Rockies manager Clint
Hurdle said. "Maybe we found the antidote."

The Rockies took the first two games of a three-game series for
just their second series win in the Giants' new ballpark. Colorado
lost its nine previous games in San Francisco.

Burnitz singled off Jason Christiansen (1-2) with two outs.
Christiansen hit Larry Walker with a pitch and walked Matt Holliday
ahead of Burnitz. Charles Johnson added an RBI single.

"I was looking for a pitch to hit and I missed a couple early
in the count," Burnitz said. "Luckily I reached out on a breaking
ball and was able to get a nice line drive."

Tim Harikkala (2-1) pitched the eighth. Shawn Chacon pitched the
ninth for his 19th save in 25 chances, walking Barry Bonds and
Dustan Mohr with one out before A.J. Pierzynski popped up and
Marquis Grissom hit a grounder to second to end it.

Burnitz hit a game-tying two-run homer to straightaway center to
highlight a five-run rally in the eighth that tied the game at 6.
Holliday also drove in two runs and Larry Walker drove in a run in
the inning as Giants closer Matt Herges blew his sixth save in 27
chances. All five runs were unearned as a result of shortstop Deivi
Cruz dropping Aaron Miles' soft line drive to lead off.

"This is like the other place," Burnitz said, referring to
Candlestick Park. "There are strange winds here and you never know
on a given night. I hit the ball pretty good and knew it had a
chance."

Snow had three hits and drove in three runs and Pierzynski
homered for the Giants, who lost their fourth straight.

Giants starter Jason Schmidt allowed one run on one hit over
seven innings but was denied his 11th straight win when Herges blew
the save. Schmidt, named to his second straight All-Star team,
walked five and struck out 12, one shy of his career high.

"I had no qualms about giving the ball up with six outs to go
and a five-run lead," Schmidt said. "This was a hard one to
take."

"I don't know how to analyze it, I screwed it up," Herges
said. "Nobody did anything wrong except for me, and I blew a
one-hit gem. It was brutal."

Bonds was intentionally walked twice, bringing his season total
to 65, three off his major-league mark of 68 in 2002.

Todd Helton homered, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

"We haven't had much success here, especially when we get
behind," Helton said. "That makes it a good win."

Rockies starter Denny Stark gave up six runs on nine hits over
six innings. He walked four and struck out one.

Snow singled home a run in the first and Pierzynski hit his
seventh homer of the year to lead off the second.

Helton hit his 16th homer of the year to lead off the fourth. It
was Colorado's first hit of the game.

Taking advantage of both a physical error and mental mistake,
the Giants added four runs in the fourth.

Pierzynski walked and Marquis Grissom singled to open the
inning. After Cruz grounded out, Schmidt grounded a single into
center field. Pierzynski scored easily, and Grissom scored when
Rockies catcher Charles Johnson dropped Burnitz's throw at the
plate.

Ray Durham then grounded to second baseman Miles. Miles flipped
to Royce Clayton covering second for the force, but Clayton began
jogging off the field as though the inning had ended, allowing
Durham to reach base safely. After Michael Tucker singled, Snow
doubled home two more runs.

"That was the most embarrassing moment of my career," Clayton
said. "It's funny now because we won the game. It was a weird,
quirky inning."

Clayton received a standing ovation for his faux pas when he
batted in the fifth.

Game notes
Christiansen was activated from the 15-day disabled list
before the game and RHP David Aardsma was optioned to Triple-A
Fresno. ... The Rockies' 11-29 record at SBC Park is their worst at
any current NL venue. ... Bonds has walked 124 times in 73 games.
... Burnitz was homerless in his previous 87 at bats before
connecting against Herges. ... The Rockies bullpen has not allowed
a run in the last 15 innings.