Rockies pound Giants' Jensen for eight runs


DENVER (AP) -- Batting in the seventh inning, Todd Helton needed
a triple to complete the cycle.

"No, I wasn't thinking about it at all,'' Helton said. "I was
too tired to run that far.''

Helton struck out, but by then it didn't matter.

His three RBI, including a homer, led the Colorado Rockies to
their sixth straight victory, 10-6 over the San Francisco Giants on

Colorado, 20-8 under manager Clint Hurdle, moved two games over
.500 for the first time since June 19, 2001.

"We got out to a lead, they battled back and took the lead, but
we just kept adding on,'' Helton said. "That's why we won. And the
bullpen did a great job again. They have been nails all season.''

After starter Jason Jennings struggled early, Rick White, Kent
Mercker, Todd Jones and Dennys Reyes combined to pitch four shutout

Jennings (5-2) won his fourth consecutive decision for the first
time in his career. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- and eight
hits in five innings.

"J.J. didn't have his best stuff, but he battled and got us
through five,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. "On offense, we were

The Rockies, trailing 6-3, got two runs in the third, three in
the fifth and two more in the eighth.

"This club is playing with a lot of confidence, which we were
probably lacking earlier this season,'' third baseman Todd Zeile
said. "When we got down before, we had less confidence we could
come back. Now, no matter what the score, I think we feel we have a
chance to rally.''

San Francisco's Ryan Jensen (4-4) allowed eight runs and 10 hits
in five innings.

The Giants, who were swept for the first time this season, have
lost five of six games.

"We made mistakes and they took it to us,'' Giants manager
Dusty Baker said. "They were very aggressive this weekend and most
of the things worked. We gave up walks that cost us and made some

The Giants now return home for a four-game series against NL
West-leading Arizona.

"I will be thinking about the upcoming series, but I don't like
the feeling,'' Baker said. "We are not hitting and we are

Barry Bonds, hit his 584th career homer Saturday to move past
Mark McGwire into fifth place in baseball history, went 0-for-3. He
struck out looking in the first, walked in the third and hit a fly
ball in the fifth that sent center fielder Juan Pierre to the wall.
He flied out to short center in the seventh.

In the first, the Rockies scored three runs on four hits before
Jensen could record an out.

Pierre doubled and scored on Juan Uribe's single. Larry Walker
also singled, and Helton hit a two-run double off the center-field
wall. Jensen got out of the inning without further damage.

San Francisco's J.T. Snow doubled in the second, went to third
on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

The Giants then took a 6-3 lead with a five-run third, which
included an error, an infield single and a two-run bloop double by

Yorvit Torrealba led off with a single, was sacrificed to second
and scored on David Bell's single. With two outs, Bonds was walked.
Jeff Kent hit an infield single, and a run scored on shortstop
Uribe's throwing error.

Snow then lofted a fly ball to short right field which deflected
off second baseman Jose Ortiz's glove for a double, scoring two
runs. Reggie Sanders followed with an RBI single.

Colorado got two runs in its half. With two outs, Helton hit a
solo homer, his 13th. Zeile singled and scored on Hollandsworth's

Bobby Estalella's two-run single keyed a three-run fifth as the
Rockies reclaimed the lead 8-6. After Colorado loaded the bases
with one out, Estalella fought off an inside pitch and lofted a
single into short right. The third run scored on Ortiz's sacrifice

Colorado added two runs in the eighth. Terry Shumpert hit an RBI
double, stole third and scored on catcher Torrealba's throwing

Game notes
A crowd of 48,073 was a sellout, the second for the Rockies
this season. The other was on opening day. ... Jensen entered the
game with a 3-1 record and 1.91 ERA in his previous four outings.
... Rockies pitchers had two pickoffs. Jennings threw to second to
pick off David Bell in the first, and Rick White threw to first to
get Tom Goodwin in the seventh.