PHOENIX (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies hit four home runs and were
still talking about their defense.
Larry Walker homered and drove in three runs, Vinny Castilla
tied a career high by homering in his fourth straight game and the
Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 Saturday night, their
franchise-high 13th straight loss.
Walker also started the first of five double plays -- Arizona's
most in a nine-inning game. The Diamondbacks have lost a
club-record 10 straight at home and if the Rockies beat Randy
Johnson on Sunday, the Diamondbacks will conclude a homestand
against Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Colorado 0-11.
The Diamondbacks, who haven't won since beating San Francisco on
July 8, are 4-29 since starting an 11-game losing streak June 18
that was a franchise worst until the current skid.
Castilla broke a 1-all tie with his leadoff shot off rookie
Lance Cormier in the fourth inning -- his fifth homer during the run
and 21st of the year. Castilla had a homer in four consecutive
games May 31-June 3, 1998.
He had 46 homers that year and set a National League record for
RBI by a third basemen with 144.
"That was an unbelievable year," Castilla said. "I don't know
if I can do that again, but I feel pretty good."
Recalled from the minors for this game, Cormier lasted six
innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks.
"I talked to [bullpen coach] Dennis Lewallyn and said I didn't
have my best stuff, and he said I competed out there for six
innings and gave the team a chance to win," Cormier said.
Miles and Helton homered one batter apart in the fifth, and
Walker homered in the sixth. Walker added a two-run double off Greg
Aquino in the eighth and scored on a single by Jeromy Burnitz to
make it 8-2.
"For the first time in a decade that I've been with the team,
it seems we're swinging the bats better on the road than at home,"
Walker said. "We're getting caught in a trap that other teams get
into: You go there [Denver] trying to hit home runs and the
complete opposite happens."
Arizona scored once -- on a bases-loaded walk to Cormier -- in
five innings against Jamey Wright in his return to the team for
which he made 91 starts from 1996 to 1999.
Wright (1-0), who signed Thursday as a free agent from Kansas
City's Triple-A team, allowed five hits and four walks for his
first big league win since shutting out Detroit on Sept. 13 for the
Arizona got to 5-2 on Brent Mayne's RBI single off Travis
Driskill in the sixth, but the threat ended when Colorado turned
its fourth double play in six innings on a grounder by pinch-hitter
A blown call by first base umpire Eric Cooper ended Arizona's
threat in the first.
Steve Finley left second when Walker apparently trapped Danny
Bautista's sinking liner to right, but Cooper ruled the ball was
caught and Finley was tagged out between third and home on a 9-4-2
double play. Replays showed the ball hitting the grass inches in
front of Walker's glove.
"I didn't catch it," Walker said. "I told [Cooper] too. He
asked me in the fourth inning if I tried to deke him. I said if I
did it was unintentional; I kind of took a bad route to the ball."
The Rockies turned two other unusual double plays -- an 8-4-3
when Alex Cintron left first without tagging on Brent Mayne's liner
to Preston Wilson in the fourth, and a 4-3 by Miles in the ninth.
Miles backhanded a grounder by Tim Olson, tagged Mayne on the fly
and threw to first.
"That was a Globetrotter play," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle.
Arizona manager Al Pedrique was disheartened by Cintron's
"I'm running out of patience," Pedrique said. "I understand
what we're going through and having a real bad season, the young
team. But we're making mistakes that you should not see those
mistakes up here."
The Rockies have homered in their last 10 road games,
matching a season high set April 6 to May 4. ... Arizona LF Luis
Gonzalez played in his 2,000th game, 888th with the Diamondbacks.
... Helton's homer was his 800th career RBI. ... Miles has a
12-game hitting streak, second-longest by a rookie this year. ...
Finley robbed Castilla of two extra-base hits with good catches --
diving for one out in the first and running down a liner to center
in the seventh.