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Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/18)

Game 1: Thursday, July 15
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Game 2: Friday, July 16
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Game 3: Saturday, July 17
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Game 4: Sunday, July 18
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Giants 9

(51-42, 22-22 away)

Rockies 10

(38-53, 22-23 home)

    3:05 PM ET, July 18, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

    R H E
    SF - -
    COL - -

    W: T. Harikkala (4-1)

    L: M. Herges (4-4)

    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.

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