Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Monday, August 26
San Francisco 4Final
Colorado 3
Game 2: Tuesday, August 27
San Francisco 7Final
Colorado 4
Game 3: Wednesday, August 28
San Francisco 9Final
Colorado 1
Game 4: Thursday, August 29
San Francisco 10Final
Colorado 6

Giants 4

(72-58, 34-31 away)

Rockies 3

(61-70, 39-26 home)

    9:05 PM ET, August 26, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    COL 000001020 3 - -

    W: F. Rodriguez (4-6)

    L: T. Jones (1-3)

    S: R. Nen (32)

    Bell's two-out homer in ninth the difference

    DENVER (AP) -- David Bell hit into double plays to end scoring threats in his first two at-bats. Yet he came through in the clutch when it really mattered.

    David Bell
    Third Base
    San Francisco Giants
    Profile
    2002 SEASON STATISTICS
    GM HR RBI R SB AVG
    124 18 59 72 1 .253

    Bell hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Jeff Kent hit a two-run homer as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Monday night.

    ''It felt great, especially after not taking advantage of opportunities early in the game,'' Bell said. ''Once that happens you only hope you get another opportunity to help the team.''

    Bell hit a 3-1 pitch off Todd Jones (1-3) into the left-field seats for his 18th homer.

    ''I missed the spot real bad and he deposited it for me,'' Jones said. ''You make a mistake and big league hitters will hit them hard.''

    Felix Rodriguez (4-6) got the win despite allowing a game-tying home run to Jay Payton in the eighth inning. Robb Nen worked the ninth inning for his 32nd save and 303rd of his career to tie Doug Jones for 13th place all-time.

    Payton is hitting .467 with six homers and 18 RBI over his last 10 games.

    ''Payton has been red hot since he got there,'' Giants manager Dusty Baker said. ''And he's always hit Felix pretty good.''.

    The Giants began the day 3 games behind Los Angeles in the NL wild-card race.

    Giants starter Kirk Rueter allowed one run and six hits in six innings but ended up with a no-decision when the Rockies rallied in the eighth.

    Todd Helton led off with a single off Scott Eyre. Payton followed with his 14th homer -- the sixth he's hit since coming over from the Mets on July 31 -- against Rodriguez. Helton added a solo shot in the sixth inning.

    Barry Bonds went 2-for-4 to raise his to .358 -- one point ahead of Colorado's Larry Walker for the NL lead. Walker got the day off to rest his dislocated rib.

    Helton went 3-for-4 with his 24th home run of the year. Payton went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .397 with 21 RBI in 23 games since being acquired from New York.

    San Francisco took advantage of early control trouble of Aaron Cook, who walked the first two batters he faced in his first career start. The Rockies' second-round draft choice in 1997 gave up three runs, nine hits and four walks in six-plus innings.

    ''I was nervous warming up and I walked the first two batters, something I have never done,'' Cook said. ''Once I got past Kent's home run I had my bearings and settled down.''

    Kent's hit his 29th home run of the year with Rich Aurilia aboard in the first inning to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. Aurilia drew a one-out walk before Kent hit a 3-1 pitch into the seats in left.

    One-out singles in the fourth inning by Benito Santiago, J.T. Snow and Reggie Sanders extended the San Francisco lead to 3-0.

    ''For his first major league start, Cook did fine,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He pitched well enough to get the ball again in five days.''

    Game notes


    The game drew a franchise-low 26,877 fans. ... Giants pitcher Jason Schmidt and Colorado Jay Payton were co-players of the week in the NL. ... Bonds was jeered before every plate appearance and when Todd Helton's bloop single dropped in front of him in the fourth inning. ... Colorado OF Benny Agbayani was claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox. ... Colorado turned five double plays.

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