Series: Game 1 of 2

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 9/3)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 3
Colorado 2Final
San Francisco 4
Game 2: Wednesday, September 4
Colorado 2Final
San Francisco 1

Rockies 2

(62-77, 23-48 away)

Giants 4

(78-59, 39-27 home)

    10:15 PM ET, September 3, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: R. Ortiz (10-10)

    L: M. Hampton (7-15)

    S: R. Nen (35)

    Giants' Ortiz allows just one run in six innings

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Russ Ortiz is ready for the stretch run -- and he showed it.


    Ortiz allowed one run and five hits in six innings, and also doubled and scored as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 Tuesday night.

    "I'm pretty happy with the way I'm throwing right now,'' Ortiz said. "I'd like to finish strong.''

    Reggie Sanders homered, and Rich Aurilia drove in two runs to help San Francisco win for the eighth time in nine games and remain 2½ games behind the Dodgers in the NL wild-card race.

    The Giants moved within 6½ of first-place Arizona in the NL West.

    "I think everybody is waiting for us to go on a run and put a good string of wins together,'' Aurilia said. "We're no A's right now, but we're playing good baseball.''

    The Rockies held Barry Bonds in check but couldn't manage much offense against Ortiz and four other Giants pitchers.

    Robb Nen worked the ninth for his 35th save in 43 opportunities, moving within one save of the franchise record of 199, set by Rod Beck from 1991-97.

    Colorado, swept in four games by the Giants last week at home, has lost 10 of 11 overall.

    During the game, San Francisco reacquired infielder Bill Mueller from the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitcher Jeff Verplancke.

    Mueller, who played for the Giants from 1996-2000, won't be eligible for the playoffs if the Giants advance because he wasn't with them before Sept. 1. But the team hopes he can provide a boost off the bench.

    "It's an opportunity to be in a wild-card race and I'll do what I can to help,'' Mueller said.

    San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said having Mueller will give him a chance to rest third baseman David Bell.

    "I think Billy can help us,'' Baker said. "He won't be eligible for the postseason, but he can help us get to the postseason.''

    Colorado did everything in its power to make sure Bonds wouldn't hurt them this week the way he did last -- with five home runs in a span of three games at Coors Field. Bonds was 0-for-2, got hit by a pitch and walked.

    The Giants got a home run from Sanders instead, a solo shot in the eighth that gave them an insurance run.

    Mike Hampton (7-15) plunked Bonds in the right forearm with a curveball on a 2-2 pitch in Bonds' first at-bat. Hampton then threw a head-level curve on the first pitch to Bonds in the third inning, and walked him on four pitches.

    Bonds did score his team's first run, on a single by Damon Minor in the second that tied the game. Bonds popped out to shallow left field in the seventh.

    The walk to Bonds with two outs in the third loaded the bases for Benito Santiago, but he lined out to center to end the inning.

    "Teams who have a chance at the playoffs are definitely more fired up than teams which are out of it,'' Hampton said. "We have to take it upon ourselves to find something to play for.''

    Ortiz (10-10) retired 10 of 12 batters during one stretch. He pitched eight scoreless innings Thursday in a 9-1 win over Colorado.

    "He's proven himself over time,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He gives you 100 pitches-plus every time out and swings the bat just enough to hurt you.''

    Colorado's Jay Payton hit a solo home run off Justin Speier in the eighth, but it was one of few highlights for the Rockies, who snapped a nine-game losing streak Sunday -- their worst since July 2000.

    Juan Pierre led off the game with a triple and scored on Terry Shumpert's sacrifice fly for Colorado's first run.

    Game notes

    INF/OF Jason Romano joined the Rockies. He was acquired from Texas along with Todd Hollandsworth and Dennys Reyes on July 31. ... Colorado's Larry Walker, who has been slowed by back spasms, pinch-hit in the eighth. ... The teams combined to use 11 pitchers.

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