DENVER (AP) -- Long rain delays can cause some pitchers problems.
Not Shawn Estes. You'd think he likes delays the way he pitches
after the skies clear.
Estes scattered seven hits over eight innings after a nearly 2½
hour rain delay and Todd Greene gave him plenty of help with two
long homers and four RBI, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 7-1
victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
It was Estes' third win in games delayed or postponed because of
rain, and that doesn't even include the numerous times he's pitched
through bad weather this season.
"I feel like I have pitched a lot of games with delays," said
Estes, who has his most wins since going 9-8 with the Giants in
2001. "They can call me 'mudder' now, since I'm always playing in
the mud. I've done pretty well in the games we've had delays. I
just try to wait it out and when the bell rings, be ready to
Estes had trouble getting loose in the bullpen after the game
was delayed 2 hours, 25 minutes due to heavy rain. He didn't take
long to get going once it started.
Spending little time off the mound and taking signs quickly from
Greene, Estes (9-4) allowed a pair of singles in the first three
innings before giving up a run in the fourth on Pedro Feliz's RBI
The left-hander allowed four hits after that and had 14
groundball outs to surpass his win total from a year ago, when he
was 8-11 with the Chicago Cubs.
"He was very efficient," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
"He spent a lot of time on the dirt, he worked quick, but didn't
hurry. He controlled their bat speed and never got in any serious
situations. He was very effective, as good as we have seen him all
Colorado gave up four runs in the ninth inning in a
disheartening 7-5 loss to San Francisco on Thursday, but didn't
give the Giants a chance to come back in this one.
Greene had his third career multihomer game, Matt Holliday hit
his 10th homer and the Rockies had 11 hits for their ninth win in
San Francisco got a decent start out of Kirk Rueter (5-7), but
didn't give him much help. The Giants had eight hits -- three by
Feliz -- and managed just three runners past second base to see
their four-game winning streak end.
"We didn't do much," Giants manager Felipe Alou said.
The Giants seemed sluggish after the delay, but Rockies didn't
take long to warm up.
Power hitter Larry Walker then surprised the Giants by dropping
a bunt single on the next pitch to make it 2-0, easily beating
third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo's throw after the ball trickled just
inside the line on the wet grass.
Greene took it from there.
He hit a 445-foot, three-run homer to left in the fourth inning,
then followed Holliday's solo homer in the seventh with a 438-foot
shot to left on the next pitch. It was Greene's seventh of the year
-- third off Rueter -- and fourth in his past three starts.
"I'm just in one of those streaks right now," Greene said.
"I'm not trying to do it, but good things are happening when I'm
hitting right now and hopefully it keeps going."
Rueter only made a couple of bad pitches. Greene's three-run
homer wasn't one of them.
With a 3-2 count and two outs, Rueter tried to throw a fastball
low and away. He got the low part right, but put the ball closer to
the middle of the plate than he would have liked.
It wasn't a bad pitch, but the low-ball hitting Greene still hit
"Didn't really try and throw a strike and I don't think it
would have been a strike," said Rueter, who allowed five runs on
seven hits in six innings to lose for the first time since June 10
against Tampa Bay.
"He had a good pitch and hit it out."
After walking three times Thursday, Barry Bonds went
1-for-4 with no walks. Colorado had its shift on the Giants slugger
played perfectly, with 2B Aaron Miles throwing him out from shallow
right in the sixth inning and SS Royce doing the same from behind
second base. ... Castilla has 74 RBI, two short of his total last
season with Atlanta. ... Holliday has been involved in four of the
eight times Colorado has hit homers in consecutive at-bats this
season. ... San Francisco is 20-10 against left-handed starters.