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Herges gives up back-to-back homers

DENVER (AP) -- After watching the San Francisco Giants score four
runs in the ninth inning in the series opener, the Colorado Rockies
figured a three-run deficit wouldn't be too much to overcome.

Besides, this is Coors Field, where almost no lead is safe.

Jeromy Burnitz and Preston Wilson each homered off Matt Herges
and Aaron Miles capped Colorado's four-run ninth inning with an RBI
single, helping the Rockies rally for a 10-9 victory Sunday over
the San Francisco Giants.

"That's about as good as it gets," Rockies manager Clint
Hurdle said.

Colorado's comeback, which earned the Rockies a series split,
was eerily similar to Thursday night, when closer Shawn Chacon gave
up four runs in the ninth inning of a disheartening 7-5 loss.

San Francisco led 9-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth after
Deivi Cruz hit a tiebreaking homer to lead off the eighth and
Michael Tucker and Barry Bonds hit solo shots in the top half.

But Herges (4-4) couldn't hold the lead.

He came on to pitch the ninth and quickly gave up a single to
Vinny Castilla. Burnitz, who drove in four runs, followed with his
19th homer, a two-run shot to right that made it 9-8. Wilson tied
it five pitches later, curling his second homer of the season just
inside the pole in left.

"I didn't fool anybody today," said Herges, who blew his
seventh save in 29 chances. "It was just one of those days where
they owned me like they knew what was coming."

Matt Holliday chased Herges with a single, then moved to second
on Charles Johnson's sacrifice off Scott Eyre. Todd Greene was
intentionally walked and Miles followed with single over Bonds'
head in left that allowed Holliday to score easily.

Todd Helton also homered and Tim Harikkala (4-1) allowed two
runs and two hits in one inning to get the win for Colorado, which
has won 10 of 14.

"We lulled them to sleep late," Hurdle said. We kept ourselves
close and obviously some lightning in the ninth. It was nice to
see."

Bonds finished 3-for-4 after being intentionally walked for the
sixth time in the series in the first inning. His homer in the
ninth off Harikkala was his 24th of the season and 682nd career.

Ray Durham also homered and A.J. Pierzynski had three RBI after
being ejected the night before. The Giants lost for the first time
in 44 games when leading after eight innings.

"I'm glad we are out of here," Giants manager Felipe Alou
said. "Hopefully, everybody else in the division can play a
four-game series here."

At least San Francisco hit some home runs.

The Giants were in danger of becoming the first team to go
through a four-game series at Coors Field without a homer after
failing to hit one in 121 plate appearances the first three games.

Durham took care of that on the fourth pitch of the game,
lifting his eighth homer over the wall into the Rockies' bullpen in
right off Adam Bernero. It was Durham's 30th career leadoff homer,
fifth this season.

Pierzynski followed with a two-run double to make it 3-0.

Colorado got a run in the second inning on Holliday's single,
but the Giants got runs in the third and fourth on sacrifices by
Pierzynski and Durham to go up 5-1.

The Giants seemed in control, but starter Dustin Hermanson
couldn't hold the lead.

He gave up two runs in the fourth on Johnson's groundout and a
sacrifice by pinch hitter Mark Sweeney, then Burnitz tied it at 5
the next inning with a two-run double off the base of the wall in
right-center.

Hermanson allowed five runs -- three earned -- on six hits and
walked four in five innings.

Bernero wasn't any better, giving up five runs and four hits
with four walks in four innings.

"When you break even here you sort of want to believe that it
was a good series, even if you lose the last game," Alou said.

Game notes
Only four teams have gone through a three-game series at
Coors without hitting a homer: St. Louis in 1996, Pittsburgh in
2000 and 2002, and Philadelphia in 2002. ... San Francisco's
Edgardo Alfonzo hit into an odd fielder's choice in the first
inning, when Burnitz dropped a short flyball in right but still got
Bonds at second. ... Durham's homer was the first at Coors Field by
an opponent since Detroit's Eric Munson hit one in the fifth inning
on July 3, a span of 40 2-3 innings.