Series: Game 4 of 4

Colorado won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, May 13
Florida 3Final
Colorado 7
Game 2: Tuesday, May 14
Florida 6Final
Colorado 2
Game 3: Wednesday, May 15
Florida 2Final
Colorado 7
Game 4: Thursday, May 16
Florida 3Final
Colorado 10

Marlins 3

(22-19, 9-11 away)

Rockies 10

(19-22, 12-8 home)

    3:05 PM ET, May 16, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: M. Hampton (2-5)

    L: J. Tavarez (1-3)

    Zeile drives in four, Hampton strong at Coors again

    Mike Hampton
    Starting Pitcher
    Colorado Rockies
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    8 2 5 0 30 6.32

    DENVER (AP) -- Mike Hampton might have found the right approach to end his struggles with the Colorado Rockies: Be aggressive.

    Hampton pitched eight innings in his second straight strong start at Coors Field and Todd Zeile homered and drove in four runs as the Rockies beat the Florida Marlins 10-3 Thursday.

    "I'm not going to give in," Hampton said. "When I start giving in, that's when I start giving up a lot of runs and hits. I'm just going to stay aggressive, try to make my pitch. And if the hitter is aggressive and swings at balls outside of the zone, then I'm going to get them out."

    Hampton (2-5), the highest paid pitcher in baseball, allowed three runs and four hits to win for just the seventh time in his last 23 decisions.

    Hampton signed a $121 million, eight-year contract before last season and started his Rockies career 9-2. He has struggled mightily since then, allowing the most earned runs (37) in the National League this season.

    Hampton, who pitched seven scoreless innings at home to beat Pittsburgh on April 30, struck out six and walked five. He also had two of Colorado's 12 hits.

    "His hitting or his pitching?" Florida Marlins manager Jeff Torborg responded when asked about Hampton. "He made pitches, changed speeds well. I thought he was wild to start out and then settled down."

    Bobby Estalella hit his fourth homer in as many games for the Rockies, a three-run shot in a six-run first inning. Colorado has won seven of 10 overall and nine of 10 at home.

    The Rockies won three of four against Florida to win three straight series for the first time since last June. Colorado won two of three from the Mets and Montreal the previous two series.

    "I think we're finding a little better groove offensively," Colorado's Todd Helton said. "Once we score some runs we're really not stopping like we did on the road last time in Philly. We're adding on and with our bullpen we have a good chance to win."

    Florida has lost three straight after winning seven of eight.

    Hampton didn't allow a hit until Eric Owens reached on a slow chopper with no outs in the sixth inning. Owens was awarded a hit when shortstop Juan Uribe's throw pulled Helton off the bag.

    Florida starter Julian Tavarez (1-3), making his second start after coming off the disabled list with a shoulder strain, allowed a career-high 10 runs, nine hits and four walks in four innings.

    Colorado scored six runs in the first inning off Tavarez and coasted from there. Larry Walker had a run-scoring double, Zeile and Todd Hollandsworth hit RBI singles and Estalella capped it with his fourth homer of the season.

    "You can't make mistakes in here," Tavarez said. "I am not making excuses. It was a bad outing. I didn't give my team a chance."

    Zeile was given the night off Wednesday after manager Clint Hurdle said he was grinding a little too much. He responded with three hits, including a three-homer in the fifth inning that put the Rockies up 9-0. It was his eighth home run of the season.

    "He brings a quiet confidence to the ballclub," Hurdle said. "He's never too high, he's never too low, he shows up ready to play every day. And that calm, consistent approach has a way of rubbing off on people."

    Florida scored one run on a groundout in the sixth inning and got two more in the eighth on an RBI double by Charles Johnson and an error by right fielder Mark Little.

    Juan Pierre had a run-scoring single that put the Rockies up 10-0 in the fifth inning.

    Game notes

    Florida 2B Luis Castillo sat out for fourth time five games with tightness in his right hamstring. ... Hampton struck out Tavarez in the third inning for the 1,000th of his career. ... Pierre stole second base in the first inning to tie Castillo for the NL lead with 15. ... Marlins OF Kevin Millar took live batting practice for the first time since going on the DL April 29 with an abdominal strain. ... Florida C Ramon Castro, who entered the game in the fifth inning, left in the seventh with soreness in his right elbow. Torborg said the injury may be serious and that Castro will likely go on the DL.

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