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Arizona finishes nine-game homestand with 6-3 record

PHOENIX (AP) -- Shawn Estes pitched seven strong innings, Tony
Clark doubled in two runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks handed the
Colorado Rockies their seventh loss in a row 5-2 on Wednesday.

Troy Glaus had two hits, including an RBI double, to help the
Diamondbacks finish a nine-game home stand with their fourth
consecutive victory.

Craig Counsell scored the go-ahead run from third in the seventh
on a wild pitch by Byung-Hyun Kim that hit plate umpire Kerwin
Danley on the left hand. Danley left the field in pain, accompanied
by Diamondbacks trainer Paul Lessard.

After an 11-minute delay, umpire John Hirschbeck moved from
second base to finish the game behind the plate. Troy Glaus hit
Kim's first pitch after the interruption over center fielder Cory
Sullivan for an RBI double. Shawn Green was walked intentionally,
then Clark doubled to deep right-center to bring in both runners
and make it 5-1.

Estes (1-0), who won 15 games for Colorado last year, allowed
one run and four hits, struck out six and walked three. He retired
his last 11 batters Counsell batted for him leading off the
seventh. Counsell walked, was sacrificed to second by Matt Kata's
bunt and stole third.

Brian Bruney pitched a hitless ninth to earn his first major
league save, sending Colorado to its 16th loss in 18 games dating
to last year.

The Diamondbacks tied it at 1-1 without a hit off starter Jeff
Francis in the fourth. Royce Clayton and Luis Gonzalez walked, and
advanced on a double steal. Clayton scored on Green's sacrifice fly
to deep center.

Kim (0-1), who as the Arizona closer blew two games in the 2001
World Series, allowed four runs and two hits in one inning. He
walked two, one intentionally, and struck out two.

The Rockies, at 1-7 off to the worst start in their history,
were swept at San Francisco and Arizona on an 0-6 trip. Dating to
last year, Colorado has lost 10 in a row on the road, matching a
franchise record. The Rockies managed just four runs in three games
in Arizona.

Colorado went up 1-0 on doubles by Desi Relaford and Luis
Gonzalez to start the third inning, the first down the left field
line and the second down the right field line.

Francis allowed one run and three hits in five innings. He
struck out one and walked six, one intentionally.

With Wednesday's attendance of 19,272, the Colorado series drew
the three smallest home crowds in the Diamondbacks' eight-year
history. Wednesday's was the second-smallest.

Game notes
The game had a 12:10 p.m. start -- earliest ever for an
Arizona home game -- so the Diamondbacks could leave for Washington,
where the Diamondbacks play Thursday in the Nationals' first game
in their new home. ... Francis was the first lefty to start against
Arizona this season.