Nomar Garciaparra reached base three times without a solid hit
as the Boston Red Sox took advantage of five Colorado errors -- and
a few other misplays -- to beat the Rockies 7-5 Wednesday night. ''Everybody was having a tough time gripping the ball,'' said
Garciaparra, who made two of Boston's three errors. ''It was
rough.'' Frank Castillo (5-6) allowed five runs on eight hits and three
walks, striking out four in 6 1-3 innings for his third win in his
last four starts. Ugueth Urbina pitched the final two innings for
his 19th save, striking out four in his longest appearance of the
season. ''We felt like the way the game was going, we might get a couple
of strikeouts,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. ''And he was the
best guy to get them.'' Mike Hampton (3-8) continued to struggle on the road, giving up
seven runs -- five of them earned -- on 10 hits and two walks while
striking out two in five innings. He is 1-7 with an 8.55 ERA away
from the supposed pitchers' purgatory of Coors Field. ''You might look at me like I'm crazy, but he threw the ball
well,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. But Hampton picked a bad night to be a ground-ball pitcher. Rockies shortstop Juan Uribe had two errors, and second baseman
Terry Shumpert, third baseman Todd Zeile and Hampton each had one
as Colorado lost for the fifth time in six interleague games. The
five errors were a season high and one shy of the franchise record
-- perhaps a result of the 54-degree temperature combined with a
stiff wind and occasional drizzle. ''There were some crazy things happening tonight,'' Little said.
''Behind the clouds, there must have been a full moon.'' Garciaparra singled in a run in the third inning when Zeile
fielded his grounder at third base and hesitated while he
considered throwing home. The throw to first was late. Garciaparra took second when Uribe made an error by leaving the
base early on a potential force at second. He took third on a
fielder's choice and scored when Hampton walked Doug Mirabelli. Zeile's error in the fourth allowed Garciaparra to reach for the
second time, and he doubled in the sixth when his blooper dropped
behind first base. Hampton threw the ball away trying pick Johnny Damon off first
base in the fifth; on the next batter, Uribe booted Jose Offerman's
grounder. The Red Sox, who have the best record in baseball at 42-21, won
for just the second time in six games on the homestand to avoid
falling to .500 at Fenway Park. They are 17-15 in Boston and 25-6
on the road.
Uribe was 0-for-21 before doubling in the second. ...
Rockies CF Juan Pierre had three singles and stole three bases. ...
Colorado 2B Jose Ortiz left the game in the first inning with a
left hamstring strain. He is day-to-day. ... Rockies DH Larry
Walker needs two extra base hits to tie Dante Bichette for most in
club history, with 489. ... Rolando Arrojo and Frank Castillo, the
Boston starters Tuesday and Wednesday, both pitched for Colorado.
... A fan was hit in the face on Pierre's foul ball -- the first
batter of the game. Red Sox owner John Henry went over to check on
the man before he left to go the hospital. No other information on
his condition was immediately available. ... Boston DH Juan Diaz
doubled in his first major league at-bat. ... Red Sox LF Manny
Ramirez will play four games at Triple-A Pawtucket to rehabilitate
his broken finger. Manager Grady Little said Ramirez will play two
games in the outfield and two as designated hitter. ... The game
was not a sellout, snapping streak of 10 in a row. ... Colorado LF
Benny Agbayani was 0-for-10 in the series.