DENVER (AP) -- Bash ball is back at Coors Field and the New York Yankees are taking full advantage.
Robin Ventura is one of two Yankees to have four RBI on Wednesday.
Robin Ventura and John Vander Wal each drove in four runs as the
Yankees kept up their hitting barrage at Coors, overwhelming the
Colorado Rockies 20-10 Wednesday night. "You get to the point where, unlike in other ballparks, you
just relax and let things happen because there is nothing you can
do about it,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "It is fun because
everybody comes in and just sort of shakes their heads.'' Ventura, Jason Giambi and Alfonso Soriano homered for the
Yankees. New York now has 30 runs, 35 hits and six homers in two
days at Denver, and will try for a sweep Thursday. After hitting just .218 and scoring six runs in three games
against the Mets last weekend, the Yankees posted their highest run
total since beating Boston 22-1 at Fenway Park exactly two years
earlier. Even though scoring at Coors is down this year, it was hard to
tell as the Yankees continued their first-ever trip to the park.
Pitcher Andy Pettitte contributed his first major league extra-base
hit and RBI, and Jorge Posada scored four times. "I'm exhausted right now, but you have to keep running and
going around the bases, and you can't quit,'' Giambi said. "You
can't even let down when you get a big lead here because like what
happened tonight, you can score quite a few runs and get right back
in the ball game.'' The Rockies have lost 12 of 15 games and five straight series.
They have dropped nine of their past 11 interleague games. Colorado scored seven runs in the fourth to take an 8-4 lead
behind Mike Hampton, but New York answered with nine over the next
two innings. The Rockies got two in the sixth to cut the lead to 13-10. But
the Yankees followed with four in the seventh, and Nick Johnson's
RBI double capped a three-run ninth. "Their line looked like a zip code,'' Colorado manager Clint
Hurdle said. "It wasn't pretty. I don't know of many games I've
been involved in where the team I've been associated with scored
seven runs in an inning and lost.'' Soriano and Giambi homered in the sixth, and Vander Wal added a
two-run single. Justin Speier also walked in a run. Soriano's homer, a solo shot off Rick White (1-5), was his 16th
of the season. Giambi put the Yankees up 10-8 with a two-run shot
to the second deck in right, his 18th. Vander Wal also had a two-run double in the seventh and finished
2-for-4 after entering the game in the sixth. Ventura had a two-run homer in the fourth, his second in as many
games and 18th of the season. Ramiro Mendoza (4-2) allowed two unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings
to get the victory. Colorado's Larry Walker drove in three runs. He had two hits,
including a solo homer, in Colorado's seven-run fourth. Juan Uribe
had second homer of the season and Benny Agbayani added two-run
double in the inning. Walker's homer was his 15th of the season and fourth in five
games. He is 14-for-29 with four homers, four doubles and 12 RBI
during an eight-game hitting streak. Pettitte, making his second start since missing nearly two
months with elbow tendinitis, allowed eight runs -- five earned -- on
eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He also had a run-scoring double in
the fourth. "I wasn't able to get the balls in when I wanted to,'' Pettitte
said. "I gave up a lot hits on four-seamers that I was trying get
in and left over the plate.'' Hampton, who had not allowed a run in 11 1/3 career innings
against New York, gave up seven runs on seven hits and hit three
batters in five innings. He has allowed seven runs in three
straight starts. "We have some issues that needed to be addressed and I
addressed some of those issues after the game,'' Hurdle said. "I'm
not going to go into it any further than this, but baseball is a
game of individual responsibility aimed toward collective gain. And
that is my main focus, individual responsibility on our ballclub.''
Posada, who had two hits in his previous 23 at-bats, was
3-for-6. Bernie Williams had three hits and drove in a run.
A moment of silence was held before the game to honor Hall
of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, who died Tuesday. ... Soriano stole
consecutive bases in the third inning to give him 19 on the season.
... The seven runs in the fourth inning was the most New York
allowed since Cleveland scored seven in the sixth inning of an 8-7
Yankees' win on June 25, 2001. ... Colorado has scored 70 runs in
the first inning and New York 67, the best totals in the majors.
... The game was delayed by rain for 38 minutes in the sixth