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
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
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."
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.
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.