Series: Game 1 of 4

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Monday, September 13
Game 2: Tuesday, September 14
in 13
Game 3: Wednesday, September 15
Game 4: Thursday, September 16

Rockies 9

(63-80, 29-42 away)

Diamondbacks 2

(43-101, 22-50 home)

    9:35 PM ET, September 13, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: J. Kennedy (8-6)

    L: C. Fossum (4-13)

    Rockies hit five homers

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Vinny Castilla reached two career milestones with one big swing of the bat.

    The 37-year-old third baseman hit two of Colorado's five home runs in the Rockies' 9-2 hammering of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

    Castilla's second one -- off reliever Scott Service -- drove in two runs to give him 300 career homers and 1,000 RBI.

    "It's Vinny's night to shine," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We throw that term `great' around pretty loosely in sports, but when you start putting up numbers like that there's some substance to it."

    Castilla, who also made a pair of smooth plays on defense, quietly is having a standout season after being signed as a free agent by the Rockies.

    He has 32 home runs, and his 119 RBI are just two behind NL leader Scott Rolen.

    "It means a lot," Castilla said. "Any time you can hit more than 30 home runs and drive in more than 100, it's a great season. I'm feeling great physically. I don't think I've lost anything defensively or offensively."

    Castilla is the 104th player to reach 300 home runs for his career. Earlier this year, he passed Jorge Orta for the most hits by a Mexican-born player.

    "I've tried never to take my job for granted. I try to work hard every day, day in and day out," Castilla said. "I have 13 years in the big leagues. To stay here, you have to be very consistent."

    Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer off Arizona starter Casey Fossum, then Castilla, Jeromy Burnitz and Brad Hawpe had solo shots off reliever Lance Cormier.

    It was Castilla's fourth multihomer game of the season and 32nd of his career.

    Joe Kennedy (8-6) matched his career best with his eighth victory, allowing one run on five hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked three in Colorado's seventh consecutive victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Paid attendance was a franchise record low of 22,070, and the actual turnout was smaller.

    Arizona lost its 101st game of the season, and 10th in its last 11 outings. The Diamondbacks fell 58 games below .500 and 20½ behind the Rockies, their nearest competitor in the NL West.

    "The whole night disappointed me," Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique said. "We were ahead in the count I don't know how many times, and we lack throwing the quality pitch that we can put hitters away. We've been doing that the whole year."

    Shea Hillenbrand doubled twice, scored and drove in a run for Arizona. Fossum (4-13) gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings for his first loss in five outings.

    Castilla led off the Colorado second with a single, then Burnitz walked. Gonzalez slammed a 1-0 pitch over the left-field fence, his 11th homer of the season.

    "He showed bunt on the first pitch and I kind of though the was going to bunt again, and threw a fastball away," Fossum said. "Obviously that was the mistake of the game."

    The Rockies added a run in the fourth when Gonzalez walked and J.D. Closser single. Choo Freeman's slow roller down the third-base line brought Gonzalez home to make it 4-0.

    Castilla and Burnitz hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the fifth. Burnitz hit Cormier's 1-1 pitch 447 feet to the opposite field, into the picnic area far beyond the left-field wall. Hawpe's pinch-hit homer in the sixth made it 7-1.

    Game notes

    Colorado recalled RHP Chin-hui Tsao from Triple-A Colorado, and he pitched a perfect inning. Last season, Tsao became the first Taiwanese pitcher to appear in a major league game. He missed most of this season with a shoulder injury. ... The roof at Bank One Ballpark was open for the first time since July 3. ... The Rockies' Todd Helton, who had hit into eight double plays all season, did it twice Monday night.

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