Series: Game 2 of 3

San Francisco leads 2-0 (as of 7/2)

Game 1: Monday, July 1
San Francisco 8Final
Colorado 6
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
San Francisco 18Final
Colorado 5
Game 3: Wednesday, July 3
San Francisco 4Final
Colorado 14

Giants 18

(47-35, 23-19 away)

Rockies 5

(39-45, 25-18 home)

    9:05 PM ET, July 2, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: R. Jensen (8-6)

    L: D. Neagle (4-6)

    Giants tie record with 3 players with multiple HRs

    DENVER (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants had a record-setting night for homers -- without getting any from Barry Bonds.

    Damon Minor

    Tsuyoshi Shinjo

    Reggie Sanders

    Damon Minor, Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Reggie Sanders each homered twice to tie a major league record as the San Francisco Giants routed the Colorado Rockies 18-5 Tuesday night.

    San Francisco became the 16th team to have three players with multiple homers in a game. The Giants had seven homers, their most since hitting a club-record eight against Milwaukee on April 30, 1961.

    ''It's just a great relief to get one of these games,'' Minor said. ''Everyone was hitting the ball and it seems like everyone was hitting it hard.''

    Bonds, who set the single-season record with 73 homers last year, drove in two runs but didn't have one longball.

    The last time a team had three players hit multiple homers in a game was July 12, 2001, when Minnesota did it against Milwaukee.

    The 10 combined homers tied a Coors Field record, set four other times. The Rockies and Expos hit five each the last time it happened, May 1, 2000.

    San Francisco had 23 hits, its most since July 9, 1993, against Philadelphia, for its fifth win in seven games.

    Colorado set a club record for homers allowed to lose for the seventh time in eight games.

    ''We got taken to the shed, taken to the wood shed,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We couldn't get outs. It was not a good outing.''

    Amid the hitting barrage, San Francisco's Ryan Jensen (8-6) quietly notched his first career complete game to win for the fourth time in five starts. It is the most victories by a Giants rookie since William VanLandingham went 8-2 in 1994.

    ''I felt pretty good tonight,'' Jensen said. ''I had good stuff and my fastball had good location. As the game went on I was feeling stronger.''

    Minor was 4-for-6 and had two-run homers in the second and fourth. He has three homers in two games and eight on the season.

    Shinjo had a career-high five hits after going hitless in his previous 17 at-bats. He hit his second career grand slam off Denny Neagle (4-6) in the first inning, and added a solo shot in the sixth -- his seventh -- to put the Giants up 13-3.

    Sanders had a two-run homer in the seventh and a solo shot in the ninth, his 10th of the season.

    It was the first multihomer game for Minor and Shinjo, who also set career highs for RBI. Sanders has two multihomer games this season and 16 in his career.

    San Francisco had seven hits and sent 13 hitters to the plate in the first inning. Minor and Bonds each drove in a run, and David Bell capped it with a two-run homer, his 13th.

    It got so bad that fans began booing Neagle after every hit and let out a sarcastic cheer when he threw a strike to Jeff Kent.

    ''It was huge for us to have a big first inning here because usually the first inning belongs to the Rockies,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said.

    Neagle's outing continued his disappointing run with the Rockies.

    Colorado signed Neagle to a $51.5 million, five-year contract in 2000, but he's just 13-14 with a 5.55 ERA in two seasons.

    He has lost four straight decisions after allowing a career-high 10 runs on 10 hits in two innings against the Giants, and hasn't won since May 30 against San Diego.

    ''Sometimes the game doesn't make any sense,'' Neagle said. ''I felt like I had great stuff. My fastball was great and I threw some good breaking pitches. I left one or two changeups up, but that was about it.''

    Colorado's Larry Walker hit a solo homer to the third deck in right in the fifth, his 19th of the season. The 462-foot shot was the 18th to reach the third deck in Coors Field history. Walker has done it eight times, including twice this season.

    Colorado's Juan Uribe had a solo homer in the second, his fourth hit in 37 at-bats. Brent Butler had a two-run homer in the seventh and drove in three runs.

    Game notes

    Colorado 1B Todd Helton received the NL player of the month award for May before the game. ... Bonds' next game will be his 1,361st with the Giants, one behind G.J. Burns for 10th on the franchise list. ... Shinjo's other grand slam was May 17 against Florida. ... San Francisco's eight runs in the first was its most in an inning since scoring eight in the sixth against Montreal on May 10, 2001. It was the most Colorado allowed in an inning since the Dodgers scored nine last July 21. ... The Giants are 23-19 on the road, their best mark before the All-Star break since going 23-20 in 1998.

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