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Rockies cross plate 20 times to crush Giants

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- With thoughts of the playoffs long since past, the Colorado Rockies are auditioning their younger players for next season.

Jeff Baker is making a strong case for himself.

The 25-year-old September call up hit two three-run homers in the Rockies' 20-8 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

"He's doing some things that are getting some people's attention," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Baker hit his first major league home run in his final at-bat at Arizona on Sunday, and then hit two more in his first two plate appearances Monday. He's only the fifth Colorado player to hit homers in three straight at-bats.

The outfielder was at a loss to describe his memorable night.

"See it, hit it," said Baker, who also had a double. "I just want to play well."

The Rockies, who had a season-high 19 hits, tied the club record for runs, reaching 20 for the third time, the last on Sept. 20, 2005, against San Diego.

It was also the most runs the Giants have allowed since a 20-9 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 13, 1959.

"I don't remember the other time that we gave up 20, but I'm sure I was there," said manager Felipe Alou, who played for the Giants from 1958-63.

The Giants fell 4½ games behind Los Angeles in the NL West after the Dodgers beat San Diego 11-10 in 11 innings Monday night to take over first place in the division. They are four games behind the Padres in the wild-card race.

Garrett Atkins doesn't have to worry about his future with the Rockies.

He had four hits and drove in a career-high six runs Monday. He is hitting .324 with 25 home runs and 110 RBI.

"He's talked about more in the opposing clubhouses now," Hurdle said. "There's more questions asked of me about him by opposing players and managers."

Justin Hampson (1-0) gave up six runs in five innings to win in his first major league start.

"The guys showed up to help me out, that's for sure," Hampson said. "It's hard to mess up enough to mess up that outing. Twenty runs? It's hard to do enough wrong to not get the win."

Hampson had made two relief appearances since being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sept. 7.

"His command wasn't as sharp and he probably pitched more up in the zone," Hurdle said. "That's not usually a very healthy combination. He battled through it. It was a good night for him."

Giants starter Noah Lowry (7-10) was pulled after 1 1/3 innings, the shortest outing of his career. He gave up nine hits and a career-high nine earned runs. Lowry has never pitched well at Coors Field and saw his ERA in Colorado climb from 8.06 to 12.05.

Alou was concerned there may be something wrong with Lowry, who never showed up in the clubhouse after the game.

"Anytime a pitcher of that quality -- because Lowry is a good pitcher and has had some good games this year -- anytime he pitches like that, I feel there is something wrong with the guy," Alou said. "You just have to wait a day or two and see if there are any signs of something being wrong when he throws on the side.

"The way he threw tonight isn't going to get anybody out."

Baker's first homer to right highlighted a six-run first inning. The Rockies had four singles, a walk and a home run before Lowry recorded an out.

Hampson gave up three runs and three hits in the first. Barry Bonds had an RBI single and Ray Durham added a two-run homer, his 24th.

Matt Holliday had three hits and three RBI for the Rockies, who had 18 hits five times this season, the last at Los Angeles on Sept. 3.

"It's always fun to be a part of something like this." Baker said.

Notes

  • If Hurdle had a vote for NL rookie of the year, his choice would be simple: Giants RHP Matt Cain. Cain is 13-9 this season with a 3.75 ERA. "He's gotten better as the year's gotten on," Hurdle said
  • Rockies C Alvin Colina had an RBI single in his first major league at-bat.
  • Colorado OF Jeff Salazar hit his first major league home run in the eighth.
 
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Garrett Atkins singles in one of his six runs for the Rockies. Colorado finishes with 19 hits.  (AP)
Garrett Atkins singles in one of his six runs for the Rockies. Colorado finishes with 19 hits. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 6
Colorado

J. Baker
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 6
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF4010102 .257
    Billy Sadler, P0000000 .000
Omar Vizquel, SS3121001 .303
    Tomas De La Rosa, SS2110011 .250
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4020002 .279
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
    Mark Sweeney, LF1111000 .260
Barry Bonds, LF3111003 .262
    Todd Linden, RF2000001 .283
Ray Durham, 2B3112000 .296
    Kevin Frandsen, 2B2000001 .247
Moises Alou, RF2000101 .289
    Fred Lewis, LF-CF2011010 .667
Pedro Feliz, 3B5110024 .253
Todd Greene, C3112010 .284
    Justin Knoedler, C1010000 .250
Noah Lowry, P1010000 .163
    Scott Munter, P00000001.000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Ellison, PH1110000 .224
    Jonathan Sanchez, P1000000 .000
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Lance Niekro, 1B1000011 .250
Totals4181582617 
a-tripled for Wilson in the 4th
Batting
2B - Mark Sweeney (15, D. Bautista)
3B - Jason Ellison (1, Hampson)
HR - Ray Durham (24, Hampson), Todd Greene (2, Hampson)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (56), Mark Sweeney (36), Barry Bonds (68), Ray Durham 2 (89), Fred Lewis (2), Todd Greene 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Vizquel (30), Barry Bonds (32), Ray Durham 2 (30), Fred Lewis (1), Todd Greene 2 (7)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
Noah Lowry (L,7-10) 1.1999202 4.70
Scott Munter 1233110 9.28
Brian Wilson 0.2000010 5.11
Jonathan Sanchez 2444320 3.38
Vinnie Chulk 1222110 5.23
Steve Kline 1000010 3.42
Billy Sadler 1222012 11.57
HBP - Carroll (by Scott Munter)
Pitches-Strikes - Noah Lowry 45-30, Scott Munter 25-14, Brian Wilson 15-9, Jonathan Sanchez 46-26, Vinnie Chulk 22-11, Steve Kline 20-12, Billy Sadler 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Noah Lowry 3-1, Scott Munter 2-0, Jonathan Sanchez 2-2, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Steve Kline 1-1, Billy Sadler 1-1
Batters Faced - Noah Lowry 15, Scott Munter 7, Brian Wilson 2, Jonathan Sanchez 13, Vinnie Chulk 6, Steve Kline 3, Billy Sadler 5
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B-3B5220014 .294
Ryan Spilborghs, CF-LF3421202 .278
Garrett Atkins, 3B5346000 .324
    Clint Barmes, 2B1000010 .222
Matt Holliday, LF4233111 .332
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH-CF1111000 .286
Todd Helton, 1B4222001 .299
   b- Vinny Castilla, PH-1B2000011 .228
Jeff Baker, RF6336012 .346
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5110012 .241
Chris Iannetta, C2000300 .239
Justin Hampson, P1200101 .000
   c- Alvin Colina, PH10110001.000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .500
   d- Choo Freeman, PH1000010 .244
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .000
Totals412019207714 
a-homered for Holliday in the 8th
b-struck out for Helton in the 6th
c-singled for Hampson in the 5th
d-struck out for Ramirez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins 2 (47, Munter, Sanchez), Matt Holliday 2 (43, Munter, Chulk), Jeff Baker (3, Sanchez)
HR - Ryan Spilborghs (4, Sadler), Jeff Salazar (1, Sadler), Jeff Baker 2 (3, Lowry, Lowry)
SH - Ryan Spilborghs (2), Justin Hampson (1)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (20), Garrett Atkins 6 (110), Matt Holliday 3 (98), Jeff Salazar (6), Todd Helton 2 (75), Jeff Baker 6 (13), Alvin Colina (1)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins 3 (32), Alvin Colina (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Carroll-Helton
E - Troy Tulowitzki (2, )
Colorado Rockies
Justin Hampson (W,1-0) 51066222 6.30
Ramon Ramirez 2100020 3.25
Denny Bautista 2422020 5.82
WP - Justin Hampson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Hampson 95-60, Ramon Ramirez 31-21, Denny Bautista 36-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Hampson 5-8, Ramon Ramirez 1-2, Denny Bautista 1-3
Batters Faced - Justin Hampson 27, Ramon Ramirez 6, Denny Bautista 10
Game Information
Attendance - 18346
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Ted Barrett