Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, June 10
Colorado 3Final
Boston 7
Game 2: Tuesday, June 11
Colorado 3Final
Boston 1
Game 3: Wednesday, June 12
Colorado 5Final
Boston 7

Rockies 5

(32-34, 12-22 away)

Red Sox 7

(42-21, 17-15 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 12, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    COL 310010000 5 - -
    BOS 01222000 - 7 - -

    W: F. Castillo (5-6)

    L: M. Hampton (3-8)

    S: U. Urbina (19)

    Sloppy Rockies make five errors in loss

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies couldn't hold onto the ball, and they couldn't hold onto a four-run lead, either.

    Mike Hampton
    Starting Pitcher
    Colorado Rockies
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    14 3 8 0 41 6.72

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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