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Broken-bat single does in D-Backs

DENVER (AP) -- On a day when Colorado pitching dominated at Coors
Field, a bloop single by Jeromy Burnitz gave the Rockies a
doubleheader sweep.

Burnitz singled home the winning run off Randy Choate in the
10th inning and the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1
Thursday to finish it off.

"He pretty much beat me on that pitch and jammed me and broke
my bat," Burnitz said. "It was one of those ones that fell in
there for us."

In the opener, Jeff Francis pitched six strong innings and
Burnitz had three hits as Colorado won 7-1.

"We played 19 innings of baseball and only gave up two runs in
our park," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We will be facing
a different lineup tomorrow, but these were the guys we faced today
and our pitchers pitched well."

Arizona has lost 106 games, most in the majors. The Diamondbacks
have dropped nine of their last 10 on the road.

Todd Helton doubled to start the 10th inning and Choate (2-4)
intentionally walked Vinny Castilla. Burnitz's single fell in front
of left fielder Andy Green.

"I try to do the same thing every at-bat, get a pitch down the
middle and take my best swing," Burnitz said. "Nothing changes
for me no matter what the situation is. I took a good swing, but he
jammed me and it's a good thing."

Allan Simpson (2-1) worked a scoreless 10th to earn the victory.

Casey Fossum kept Colorado in check for six innings and left in
the seventh with a 1-0 lead. He struck out nine and allowed seven
hits.

"We still can't find a way to score runs on the road," Arizona
manager Al Pedrique said. "It's hard to score when you are coming
up with two outs and nobody on base and that's what happened
today."

Colorado starter Jamey Wright gave up eight hits and a run in
seven innings while striking out seven.

Wright was solid after the Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the
first. Alex Cintron and Chad Tracy hit one-out singles and Shea
Hillenbrand had a sacrifice fly.

"As long as we win, it's all right that I don't get a
decision," Wright said. "If I hadn't messed around in the first
inning, it would have been a 0-0 game until the inning where we
scored."

The Rockies tied it at 1 in the seventh when Aaron Miles led off
with a walk and Clint Barnes reached on a bunt single. Mike Koplove
retired the next two batters before Vinny Castilla hit an RBI
single.