Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

San Francisco won 4-0

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 10

(75-58, 37-31 away)

Rockies 6

(61-73, 39-29 home)

    3:05 PM ET, August 29, 2002

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    COL 001302000 6 - -

    W: L. Hernandez (9-14)

    L: M. Hampton (7-14)

    Kent, Bonds continue to feast at Coors

    DENVER (AP) -- A four-game sweep and another home run barrage by Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent should have made for a happy team. There was little joy, however, in the San Francisco Giants clubhouse.

    Jeff Kent
    Kent

    With the specter of a strike hanging over baseball, the Giants found it hard to talk about Thursday's 10-6 win over the Colorado Rockies.

    "We're fighting for a playoff spot, and this cheapens the thrill of beating a good team,'' Kent said. "And I think the Rockies are a good team. Guys really aren't focused on the wins. They're focused on whether we're going to play (Friday).''

    Bonds hit his 40th homer of the season and Kent went deep twice.

    After a 38-minute delay in the bottom of the ninth because of a power outage and a subsequent thunderstorm, the game was called. A tornado warning also was posted in the area.

    Bonds hit his fifth homer in three games and Kent homered in his fourth straight game. They went back-to-back for the third straight game. The Giants won their fifth straight to move within two games of Los Angeles in the NL wild-card race.

    Kent deflected credit, instead praising the Giants pitching.

    "If you pitch well here, you are going win,'' he said. "Our pitchers have had a good run over a week or so. That's why you win ballgames.''

    Greg Norton had a three-run homer and Todd Zeile had a two-run shot for the Rockies, who lost their sixth straight.

    Fans, upset at the possibility of a strike Friday, displayed several signs during the game, including one reading "Field of Greed.'' The crowd of 26,330 was the smallest in Rockies' history.

    The Rockies committed back-to-back errors in the third and fourth innings, upsetting the fans even further. Zeile, the Rockies player rep, had two of the errors.

    "The fans were getting on the Rockies pretty good,'' Giants first baseman J.T. Snow said. "When they made a few errors, they started chanting, `Go on strike.' They were upset with Zeile after he made his errors. They see players as being greedy. That's not the way it is.''

    Added Giants manager Dusty Baker, "You'd hear comments from the fans about money, and you saw the signs in the stadium. It's getting a little nasty.''

    Livan Hernandez (9-14) went six innings, yielding four hits and six runs to get the win.

    Mike Hampton (7-14), solid in his previous two outings, allowed 10 runs -- eight earned -- and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

    "Mike never got into any continuous rhythm and got a couple of pitches up in the zone that hurt him in the third,'' Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Then we played kickball. We just didn't put a good product on the field.

    "It just seems like unfortunately we have not been able to play above the distraction.''

    Ramon Martinez led off the third with a walk and scored on Tsuyoshi Shinjo's triple. David Bell had an RBI single, and Kent hit his 32nd homer. Bonds followed with a 455-foot shot to center -- the sixth 40-homer season of his career.

    Hampton got the first Rockies hit, a solo homer in the third.

    The Giants added two unearned runs in the fourth. Hernandez's single and back-to-back errors by third baseman Zeile and shortstop Juan Uribe loaded the bases. Kent drew a walk, forcing in a run, and the second run scored on Bonds' sacrifice fly.

    Colorado got three runs in its half on Norton's homer, his sixth, after Jay Payton doubled and Zeile walked.

    Zeile's homer cut the deficit to 7-6 in the sixth. Payton was hit by a pitch, and Zeile followed with his 16th homer.

    The Giants chased Hampton with three runs in the seventh. Kent led off with his 33rd homer. Reggie Sanders walked and scored on Damon Minor's double, and Martinez also doubled.

    Game notes


    The Rockies gave 1B Todd Helton the day off. ... Kent extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Six-time Gold Glove RF Larry Walker had his second error in as many games for Colorado, dropping Reggie Sanders' flyball in the third. It's the first time in Walker's career (1,640 games) that he has committed errors in consecutive games. ... Hampton's third homer gives him 10 for his career -- all with Colorado. ... The Rockies were swept in a four-game series at Coors Field for only the second time ever. Arizona did it earlier this year, April 11-14.

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