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Rockies erase 7-3 deficit after eight innings

DENVER (AP) -- Larry Walker thought he had won the game in the
ninth. In the 10th, he made certain.

Walker's RBI single with two outs in the 10th lifted the
Colorado Rockies to an 8-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in
a game delayed twice by rain on Friday night.

Bobby Estalella and pinch-hitter Benny Agbayani singled to lead
off the 10th. Pitcher Mike Hampton pinch-ran for Estalella,
advanced to third on Brent Butler's flyball to right and scored on
Walker's single up the middle.

"That's a single situation,'' Walker said. "I'm trying to hit
a line drive. A base hit is as good as a ball off the wall. It gets
us out of here.''

During a four-run rally in the ninth, Walker hit an RBI double
that he thought might be a game-winning homer. Instead, it hit off
the right-field scoreboard, about two feet short of going out,
tying the score at 7-7.

It was the Rockies' second straight extra-inning win. They beat
the New York Yankees 14-11 in 10 innings on Thursday.

"Any time you play games like that, they wear you out and get
you tired,'' Walker said. "But not nearly as tired when you win.''

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, who in a pregame pep talk urged
his team to keep battling as it did in beating the Yankees, said,
"This was special.''

Referring to Walker, Hurdle said, "It's a pretty good feeling
when you've got that guy coming up to the plate in a game-winning
situation. He's been extremely hot for the past two weeks.''

Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae said he had no intention of walking
Walker in the 10th with Todd Helton coming up next.

"We just let the game get away from us,'' McRae said.

The Rockies entered the ninth trailing 7-3. Juan Uribe began the
inning with a triple off Victor Zambrano and Estalella scored him
with an RBI double. After Greg Norton flied out, three consecutive
doubles by Juan Pierre, Butler and Walker tied the game.

Helton was intentionally walked by Esteban Yan (3-3) who entered
after Pierre's double. It was his third blown save.

Justin Speier (2-0) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.

Rain forced a delay of 1 hour, 18 minutes in the top of the
second inning. A second storm delayed action for 64 minutes after
seven innings.

During the second rain stoppage, Rockies reliever Todd Jones
threw packages of Cracker Jack and gum into the crowd behind the
Colorado dugout and handed out bats and balls.

Paul Wilson, winless in his previous six starts, went 6 2-3
innings, allowing eight hits and three runs. He was in line for the
win until the Rockies rallied.

Wilson, who hasn't won since May 12, struck out four and walked
none.

Colorado starter Shawn Chacon allowed seven hits and five runs --
three of them earned -- in five innings.

Ben Grieve had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two
runs for Tampa Bay. Steve Cox hit his ninth homer of the season in
the first. Greg Vaughn also homered in the eighth.

The Devil Rays scored two runs without a hit in the second, on
catcher Estalella's throwing error.

With one out, Brent Abernathy walked and Chris Gomez was hit by
a pitch. When play was resumed after the first break, Wilson laid
down a sacrifice bunt, and Estalella threw wildly into the
right-field corner, allowing both runners to score.

In the fifth, Vaughn doubled off the left-field wall and scored
on Grieve's single. Aubrey Huff followed with a single and John
Flaherty with an RBI single.

Grieve led off the seventh with a homer, his ninth, off reliever
Rick White.

Todd Hollandsworth countered with his ninth homer in the
Rockies' half.

Game notes
Tampa Bay's Randy Winn was retired in the fifth when his
liner went off the glove of third baseman Todd Zeile but was picked
up by shortstop Uribe, who threw him out. ... About 100 fans,
mostly teenagers, amused themselves during the second delay by
forming a Conga line that weaved through the seats to the beat of
disco music. ... Coming into the game, the Devil Rays had scored
only two runs in their previous 23 innings. ... The Rockies
promoted RHP Jason Young, their second-round draft choice in 2000,
from Double-A Carolina to Triple-A Colorado Springs.