Hernandez beats Rockies, earns first win as Diamondback

DENVER (AP) -- Livan Hernandez took the game ball as a trophy
from his first win with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I saved the ball and I will put it in the house with all the
other stuff I have," he said. "I don't keep every ball, just the
first ones (with a new team)."

Hernandez pitched into the seventh and benefited from a five-run
fourth inning to earn his first win since being acquired in a trade
by Arizona, and the Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 9-5
Wednesday night

Hernandez (10-9) went 6 2-3 innings and gave up five runs and 11
hits in his second start since coming over from Washington on Aug.
7. He is 5-0 with four no-decisions in his last nine starts and
hasn't lost since June 20 at Boston.

"He got us what we needed," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.
"We were looking for seven, and we were just one out short of

"It was good that we didn't have to bring our closer in and
just had to use two guys," Melvin said.

The offense had a lot to do with that, too.

"The two-out hits were big, eight of our runs were two-out
runs," Melvin said. "Not only is it big psychologically for us
offensively, but it's tough on the opposing side."

Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Chris Snyder was
3-for-5 with an RBI for Arizona. Eric Byrnes drove in two runs and
Shawn Green homered for the Diamondbacks.

Colorado starter Aaron Cook (8-11) was touched for nine runs and
11 hits over 6 2-3 innings. Todd Helton had three hits and an RBI
for Colorado.

"We didn't show up," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We
couldn't throw a punch after the tough 18-inning loss on Tuesday."

Hernandez had a rough start. The Rockies loaded the bases and
scored two runs in the first inning after two outs on a single by
Helton, a double to center by Garrett Atkins and a walk to Brad
Hawpe. Yorvit Torrealba singled up the middle to score two.

The Rockies had gone 13 innings without a scoring.

Byrnes scored Gonzalez and Chad Tracy with a two-out single to
center in the third inning to tie the game at 2.

"Byrnes got a big hit for us in the third inning to tie the
game up, and with Livan pitching and his track record, we had a lot
of confidence," Gonzalez said. "We know he is going to throw
strikes and work fast and keep the ball around the plate."

The Diamondbacks batted around and scored five runs in the
fourth inning, starting with Green's leadoff home run, his 11th of
the year.

Stephen Drew, Orlando Hudson, Gonzalez and Tracy followed with
RBI hits to make it 7-2. Gonzalez and Tracy each hit doubles in the

"I got the ball up a little bit and they hit three or four
balls hard on me," Cook said. "It was all part of the worst start
of my career."

The Diamondbacks added two runs in the seventh inning on Carlos
Quentin's two-out single and an RBI double by Snyder to make it

Hernandez appeared to tire in the Colorado seventh, giving up
back-to-back triples to Ryan Spilborghs and Cory Sullivan to start
the inning. Helton reached the right-hander for an RBI single and
Clint Barmes scored on a double-play grounder to make it 9-5.

Hernandez walked Hawpe before giving way to Luis Vizcaino, who
struck out Torrealba to end the inning.

"He is a competitor," Helton said of Hernandez. "He will be
around the plate and do just enough to win."<
^Notes@: Drew has a 13-game hitting streak. ... INF Tony Clark
(shoulder inflammation) could go out on a rehab assignment this
weekend. ... The Rockies had beaten Hernandez three straight times.
... Clint Barmes committed his 15th error of the year. ... 2B Jamey
Carroll was rested after an 0-for-8 game.