At last: Hawpe singles in game-winner for Rockies

DENVER (AP) -- Brad Hawpe was glad to get another chance.

He had left runners in scoring position twice, once with the
bases loaded, in four hitless at-bats before coming up in the ninth
inning Monday night with the score tied against the Arizona

Hawpe delivered, hitting a two-out RBI single to score Jamey Carroll and give the Colorado Rockies a 4-3 win over the

"I just wanted to get into a situation like that and it was
great to come through," said Hawpe, who also struck out with the
tying runner at second base on Sunday in a one-run loss to the
Chicago Cubs. "The first few times I came up, I had a good
opportunity, they made some good pitches on me, and I didn't come

Hawpe was 0-4 with two strikeouts before hitting a 2-1 pitch
from Tony Pena (3-2) up the middle.

"In the last at-bat, I'm not thinking about what happened
earlier at all," Hawpe said. "Forget the bad, remember the good.
That's what I want to do."

Carroll, who had two hits, opened the inning with a single to
center. Pena retired Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins before Cory
Sullivan singled to left, sending Carroll to third. Hawpe then
delivered the game-winning single.

"You had to know that things were going to turn in his favor,"
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "After yesterday he could have
gone in a shell, he could have crumbled and lost a lot of
confidence, but he got one more opportunity."

Jeremy Affeldt (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

"We've been struggling with our bullpen and it happened against
tonight," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We had two guys in
this game get nicked for runs."

Eric Byrnes gave Arizona a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth
inning with a three-run homer off the foul pole in left off
reliever Jose Mesa. Mesa had replaced starter Jeff Francis, who
walked Chris Snyder and allowed an infield single to pinch-hitter
Scott Hairston.

After Byrnes' 19th home run of the year, Mesa hit Arizona's Luis
Gonzalez with a pitch in the lower back. Both benches and bullpens
cleared, but no punches were thrown and no one was ejected.

"I'm old school and I understand [Mesa] was mad after giving up
the home run to Byrnes," Gonzalez said. "I'm bothered at where he
hit me. Hit me below the waist and I'm OK with it."

Colorado tied the game at 3 in the eighth off Brandon Medders.
Clint Barmes doubled off third baseman Chad Tracey's glove and
pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba followed with an RBI single to left.

Francis scattered five hits and two runs, striking out five and
walking one. He has allowed only 12 runs in 56 2-3 innings over his
last eight starts since July 1.

Working on eight days' rest, Arizona starter Claudio Vargas was
nearly as effective, allowing two runs and six hits in 6 1/3

Only Byrnes, who had a two-out double to the wall in left in the
third, reached second base in the first seven innings.

The Rockies loaded the bases in the third inning on successive
one-out singles by Carroll and Helton. With two outs, Vargas hit
Holliday on the left wrist before getting Hawpe to fly out to

Colorado broke through with a run in the fifth when Helton
doubled into the right-field corner after Carroll's one-out single.
Atkins scored Carroll with a groundout to short.

Danny Ardoin reached on Chad Tracey's fielding error to start
the seventh and was moved to second on a bunt by Francis. Vargas
hit Carroll and Helton drove in Ardoin with a double to left.

Luis Vizcaino replaced Vargas and avoided further damage by
fanning Atkins and Sullivan.

"It was a well-pitched game," Gonzalez said. "No one could
get anything going offensively until Byrnes hit the home run."

Game Notes
SS Craig Counsell (rib) will leave on a rehab assignment
Thursday. ... Arizona placed RHP Greg Aquino on the 15-day disabled
list with soreness in his right forearm and recalled RHP Jose
Valverde from Triple A Tucson. ... Helton got his 400th career
double. ... Holliday left the game after the third inning after
being hit on the left wrist by Vargas. ... Colorado signed 3B Vinny
Castilla to a minor league