Rockies win third straight thanks to Walker, Cook


DENVER (AP) -- Larry Walker may be emerging from his season-long
hitting slump, and he's doing it by walking more.

Walker drove in four runs, helping Aaron Cook and the Colorado Rockies snap the Los Angeles Dodgers' 10-game winning streak, 7-3
on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers' winning streak was their longest since they won 11
straight in 1993.

"Beating a team like that that's been hot, it has to do a lot
for our confidence,'' Rockies outfielder Jay Payton said. "Maybe this will get us on a little bit of a roll.''

It was the Rockies' third straight win.

The Rockies tagged Kazuhisa Ishii (4-2) for five runs in the
first inning, including Walker's two-run triple and a key error by
first baseman Fred McGriff.

Walker added a bases-loaded, two-run single off Guillermo Mota
in the seventh.

Walker has drawn 14 walks in the past six games, including one
Tuesday night.

"That's a big step,'' he said. "Even though there are not hits
there, it has helped my confidence as far as seeing the ball better
and not just flailing away at everything.

"I'm swinging at better pitches. Now I'm being more selective
at the plate and not hacking at everything they throw up there. If
I continue to do that, things will be all right,'' he said.

Walker has gone 5-for-7 in the past two games, raising his
average to .267.

"It was a good night for our ballclub and it was real good for
Larry,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Two critical at-bats,
and he showed up big both times.''

Cook (2-4) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three

"I'm finally getting back to my old self, throwing a lot of
fastballs down in the zone and getting groundball outs,'' Cook

Adrian Beltre had three hits and two RBI for Los Angeles.

Ronnie Belliard led off the Colorado first with a double and
scored on Payton's double.

Todd Helton walked and Walker hit a one-out triple into the
right-field corner. After Jose Hernandez walked and stole second,
Chris Stynes hit a grounder to Beltre at third base.

But McGriff lost the throw in the setting sun beyond the
left-field stands for an error, and two runs scored.

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy called that play critical.

"We got two strikes on Stynes, and just then the sun came
out,'' Tracy said. "I no sooner saw the sun reflecting off the
Plexiglas behind Fred and Stynes put the ball in play. Obviously, Fred was blinded when he looked up to find the ball.

"Those were two huge runs. We pecked away after that, and it
would have been 3-3.''

McGriff said it was "tough over there. Luckily I didn't get hit
in the face.''

Ishii, who threw 43 pitches in the inning, didn't allow a hit
over the next four innings.

Los Angeles made it 5-1 in the second when Brian Jordan walked
and scored on Beltre's two-out single.

Beltre's RBI single in the fourth cut the deficit to 5-2. With
runners on second and third and two outs, Cook intentionally walked
Cesar Izturis before retiring Ishii on a grounder.

The Dodgers added another run in the sixth. Beltre's third
single set up an RBI grounder by Izturis' groundout.

With two outs in the seventh, the Rockies loaded the bases on
Payton's double and two walks. Walker then lined a single to

Game notes
The Dodgers flipped their starters for the next two games,
with Darren Dreifort now going on Wednesday and Odalis Perez on
Thursday. ... Walker's triple was his seventh of the season,
equaling a career best set in 2000. ... Jordan made a diving catch
in right-center to rob Cook in the fourth. ... Mota saw his
scoreless streak end at 15 2/3 innings, while the Dodgers bullpen
had its streak end at 19 innings.