Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Colorado leads 2-1 (as of 5/15)

Game 1: Monday, May 13
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Colorado 7
Game 2: Tuesday, May 14
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Colorado 2
Game 3: Wednesday, May 15
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Colorado 7
Game 4: Thursday, May 16
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Colorado 10

Marlins 2

(22-18, 9-10 away)

Rockies 7

(18-22, 11-8 home)

    9:05 PM ET, May 15, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: J. Jennings (4-2)

    L: A. Burnett (5-3)

    Estalella blasts two solo shots in Rockies' win

    DENVER (AP) -- Just hours after Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said the team's starting catcher position was up for grabs, Bobby Estalella made a bold bid for the job.

    Bobby Estalella
    Estalella

    Estalella hit two solo home runs and pinch-hitter Terry Shumpert had a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning, leading the Colorado Rockies past the Florida Marlins 7-2 Wednesday night.

    "That's just good timing, I guess," Estalella said with a laugh. "But we've got a long ways to go. I don't want to concern myself with it right now. I just show up every day with the intent to play."

    Estalella, called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 6, was 0-for-10 with five strikeouts before getting two hits, including a homer, on Monday night.

    "He made a nice little push tonight," Hurdle said, referring to the competition between Estalella and Gary Bennett. "He's been a shot in the arm for us back there."

    Todd Helton added a two-run single and Brent Butler a two-run double in the Rockies' five-run seventh.

    Jason Jennings (4-2) won before 27,898, the smallest crowd in Rockies' history, breaking the previous low of 28,651 set the night before. About a mile away, the Colorado Avalanche were playing San Jose in Game 7 of the NHL's Western Conference semifinals.

    Jennings went seven innings, allowing six hits and two runs with four walks and a career-high nine strikeouts.

    A.J. Burnett (5-3) gave up eight hits and was charged with five runs in 6 2/3 innings.

    Shumpert broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out homer off Burnett. A single and a walk chased Burnett, and reliever Vic Darensbourg walked Larry Walker.

    Helton followed with a single and Butler then doubled into the right-field corner but was thrown out at third.

    "Five runs with two outs in the seventh inning -- that was pretty impressive," Hurdle said. "That kid over there (Burnett) is electric. Our boy showed up good, too. Jennings went out there without his best stuff and found a way to punch out nine. He made pitches when he had to."

    Shumpert said he hit a curveball that "wasn't in the location he wanted. I put a good swing on it.

    "When you're not playing all the time, it really feels good to do something when you come off the bench. You always want to contribute."

    Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said Burnett "had two outs and two strikes on Shumpert and then the roof caved in. Two hanging breaking balls they got -- Estalella and the one that Shumpert got. A.J. pitched well."

    Burnett was second-guessing himself about throwing a curveball to Shumpert.

    "The first two fastballs, he didn't hit them," Burnett said. "I should have given him another one. It was the wrong pitch at that time of the game. I should have thrown a fastball high and outside or just something away in the dirt."

    Andy Fox got the Marlins' first hit, an RBI single in the third after Eric Owens had walked, stolen second and went to third on a wild pitch.

    Estalella led off the Rockies' half with a 428-foot home run to center, his second.

    Florida took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Cliff Floyd led off with a double into the right-field corner and went to third on Mike Lowell's single. Floyd scored on Derrek Lee's sacrifice fly to deep right-center. Owens followed with a single, but Jennings induced Charles Johnson to ground into an inning-ending double play.

    Jennings struck out the first two batters in the fifth, then yielded singles to Alex Gonzalez and Preston Wilson before fanning Floyd.

    Estalella homered again in the fifth, a 445-foot shot to left-center, to make it 2-2.

    Colorado loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but couldn't score as Todd Hollandsworth grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

    Game notes


    Marlins 2B Luis Castillo missed his third game in the last four days because of tightness in his right hamstring. ... Colorado 3B Todd Zeile was given the night off. ... Hollandsworth made a running catch in left-center to retire Lowell in the second and another running catch into the left-field corner to rob Johnson in the third.

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