Series: Game 1 of 3

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 5/24)

Game 1: Friday, May 24
San Francisco 5Final
Colorado 8
Game 2: Saturday, May 25
San Francisco 3Final
Colorado 6
Game 3: Sunday, May 26
San Francisco 6Final
Colorado 10

Giants 5

(28-18, 13-11 away)

Rockies 8

(24-24, 17-10 home)

    9:05 PM ET, May 24, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    SF 001012100 5 - -
    COL 00240002 - 8 - -

    W: D. Stark (3-0)

    L: R. Ortiz (4-3)

    S: J. Jimenez (12)

    Rockies win fourth consecutive game

    DENVER (AP) -- Bobby Estalella insisted he had no extra motivation going against his former team.

    Bobby Estalella

    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.''

    Game notes

    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 (111).

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