DENVER (AP) -- Bobby Estalella insisted he had no extra
motivation going against his former team.
Estalella homered and drove in four runs, and Todd Helton hit
his 100th home run at Coors Field on Friday night as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5. "I put it all away. I put it all aside,'' said Estalella, who
played parts of two seasons with the Giants. "With everything I've
been through, I don't care anymore. I'm sure there was some
emotion, but for the most part it was all business.'' Estalella went 3-for-4 with two doubles and his fifth home run.
Helton also doubled to back Denny Stark (3-0), who left after five
innings with a 6-2 lead as the Rockies won their fourth straight. "There might be a little guy in there whooping and hollering,
but right now he's got to be feeling pretty good about helping a
ballclub win,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's taking
charge and has given us a shot behind the plate.'' Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his 12th save. Barry Bonds went 1-for-5 with two RBI and Jeff Kent homered for
San Francisco. Russ Ortiz (4-3) was roughed up for eight hits and
six runs in five innings. "We made some mistakes to Estalella,'' San Francisco manager
Dusty Baker said. "We hung a curveball to him that he didn't miss
and then he got another high fastball that he didn't miss either.'' The Giants took a 1-0 lead on a bases-loaded groundout by Bonds
in the third inning. Colorado scored twice in the bottom half on
Estalella's RBI double to center and a run-scoring bloop single by
Juan Pierre. Helton homered to right leading off the Rockies' fourth.
Estalella hit his three-run homer with one out in the inning,
extending Colorado's lead to 6-1. "I'm not going to make excuses and say it was because of the
park,'' Ortiz said. "The pitch to Helton I thought was a pretty
good pitch, and the one to Bobby obviously was a mistake and he
took advantage of it.'' Greg Norton had a pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth to round
out Colorado's scoring. Bonds doubled to the wall in fifth inning, scoring David Bell.
San Francisco added two runs in the sixth off Rick White. Benito
Santiago tripled, Reggie Sanders hit a run-scoring single and
pinch-hitter Marvin Bernard tripled to make it 6-4. Kent homered to right in the seventh inning off Kent Mercker. The Rockies left the bases loaded in the seventh when Tim
Worrell fanned Todd Hollandsworth. "That was a full throttle team victory,'' Hurdle said. "Stark
had it on fast forward, but stayed away from the big inning and we
got big plays from our first baseman that minimized the damage.''
Due to a morning snowstorm, neither team took batting
practice. ... Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman watched the
game from the press box. ... Santiago has a 10-game hitting streak.
... Bonds faced an infield shift with three infielders on the first
base side of second base. ... RHP Shawn Chacon threw a simulated
game without pain in the inside batting cage. Chacon, who is on the
DL with a strained muscle in his chest, is scheduled to throw again
Sunday before making a possible rehab start on Tuesday. ... Helton
became the fourth Rockie to hit 100 home runs at Coors Field
joining Larry Walker (132), Vinny Castilla (117) and Dante Bichette