DENVER (AP) -- After going 1-6 on a roadtrip in which they were
outscored 44-20, the Colorado Rockies returned home Tuesday night
with predictable results.
One of the major league's worst road clubs (20-47) but best home
teams (42-19), the Rockies routed the Florida Marlins 10-2 as Jay
Payton had four hits and three RBI and Denny Stark pitched seven
solid innings.Asked about the road-home disparity, Payton said, "If I had an
answer for that, we wouldn't play like we do on the road. They've
been trying to figure that out since before I got here.
Unfortunately, we don't play all our games at home."The decision snapped Florida's three-game winning streak and
Colorado's five-game losing streak.Despite the loss, the Marlins, who have won five of their last
seven games, remained a half game behind Philadelphia in the NL
wild-card race. The Phillies bowed to Milwaukee 6-4.The Marlins lost catcher Ivan Rodriguez in the fourth inning
when he sprained his left wrist after making contact with Payton on
a play at the plate."He should be OK," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "The
runner hit him in the left wrist and jammed it. The doctor looked
at him. They didn't X-ray him. The trainer says there's a good
possibility he could play (Wednesday). Of course, if it stiffens up
overnight ..."Payton and Larry Walker each homered for Colorado.Payton set a career high with 65 RBI on the season and matched
his career high with 17 homers."It was one of those nights where you got a good pitch to hit,
you put the bat on the ball and it found the gaps for me," he
said.Stark (2-1) allowed just four hits and one run with one walk and
four strikeouts."I was able to locate the ball," Stark said. "It was nice
that the offense put up a four-spot in the first. That gave me a
little room to work with. I was able to be aggressive and go after
guys."McKeon said Stark "did a good job. Let's face it, we didn't
hit. You come to Coors Field and don't hit, you know you are in
trouble."Carl Pavano (9-11), losing for the first time since July 9, went
six innings, yielding 10 hits and seven runs -- six earned.Walker's two-run homer highlighted Colorado's four-run first
inning.Chris Stynes reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Todd
Helton's double to left-center. Preston Wilson followed with an RBI
single, and Walker homered to the opposite field, his 12th.Pavano led off the third with a double beyond right fielder
Walker. He was sacrificed to third and scored on Luis Castillo's
infield single.Miguel Cabrera tripled with two outs in the Florida fourth but
was stranded when Alex Gonzalez fouled out.Colorado made it 6-1 in its half. With one out, Payton singled.
Charles Johnson doubled into the left-field corner, and Payton
scored on the play that injured Rodriguez. Johnson, who took third
on third baseman Mike Lowell's throwing error, then scored on Juan
Uribe's sacrifice fly.Payton homered leading off the sixth, his 17th.The Rockies added three runs in the seventh off Armando Almanza.
Payton had a two-out, two-run double and Johnson a run-scoring
single.Florida got a run in the eighth on Mike Redmond's
The Rockies put RHP Shawn Chacon on the 15-day DL (right
elbow inflammation) and recalled LHP Cory Vance from Triple-A
Colorado Springs. RHP Jose Jimenez will take Chacon's spot in the
starting rotation and will make his first start since 1999 on
Thursday. ... The Rockies traded INF Tony Womack to the Chicago
Cubs for minor league RHP Enmanuel Ramires and cash considerations.
Colorado also recalled INF Pablo Ozuna from Colorado Springs. ...
Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Juan Pierre
made a diving catch in right-center to rob Walker in the fourth.