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Blast ignites seven-run 4th inning

PHOENIX (AP) -- Richie Sexson's first home run with Arizona got
his teammates going, too.

His solo shot sparked a seven-run fourth inning that sent the
Diamondbacks to a 9-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on
Wednesday night.

"I had a feeling I might hit one before the year was over,"
joked Sexson, who had 119 homers the last three years with
Milwaukee. "I wasn't too worried about it, you know."

Starting pitcher Brandon Webb said the team's new cleanup hitter
gives the rotation confidence.

"We struggled last year scoring some runs, and this year it
looks like we'll be right on top of the hitting," Webb said.

Brent Mayne drove in three runs, including a two-run triple in
the fourth. Roberto Alomar also had a two-run triple, and Webb
(1-0) worked six effective innings for the win.

Charles Johnson hit a grand slam off Andrew Good in the eighth,
cutting it to 9-5. The Rockies also loaded the bases against
Stephen Randolph in the ninth, but Matt Mantei came on and struck
out Jeromy Burnitz and Vinny Castilla before retiring Luis Gonzalez
on a grounder for his first save of the year.

It was Mantei's 71st save with Arizona, breaking Byung-Hyun
Kim's franchise record.

"I've been here for a while, and I haven't been as healthy as
I'd like to be," said Mantei, acquired from Florida in 1999.
"It's kind of special to have that record, and get it on my first
save opportunity."

Webb, whose 2.84 ERA last year as a rookie was fourth-best in
the National League, gave up a run-scoring double to Todd Helton in
the first. But the right-hander settled down and finished with
seven strikeouts. He allowed five hits.

Webb also had a pair of run-scoring singles, the first RBI of
his career.

The Diamondbacks, who managed just three hits in a 6-2 loss to
the Rockies in their opener the night before, found their power in
the fourth against starter Jason Jennings, scoring seven times on
seven hits before Jeff Fassero got the last out.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said Jennings was hurt by not
pitching since March 28.

"He just wasn't as crisp as he would like to have been,"
Hurdle said. "His command wasn't what we've seen from him when
he's good."

Jennings was tough through three innings. He retired six
consecutive batters after walking the first two he faced in the
second.

But Sexson led off the fourth with a 409-foot shot onto the
pavement of the swimming-pool area in right-center.

"It certainly relaxed me," manager Bob Brenly said. "Richie
said right from the beginning of spring training that he'll know
when he's right when he's driving the ball to right-center field,
and I don't know how you can drive it much harder than that."

Alex Cintron and Shea Hillenbrand followed with back-to-back
singles -- giving the Diamondbacks their first multihit inning in 13
-- and both scored on Mayne's triple down the right-field line.

"The home run was definitely not what beat us," Jennings said.
"But then I gave up a hit to Cintron and the broken-bat hit to
Hillenbrand and it kind of snowballed. I tried to get a double-play
ball. I think I tried to be a little bit too fine after the two
cheap hits."

Webb then singled through a drawn-in infield for a 4-1 lead,
Jennings walked Steve Finley, Alomar drove his triple into the gap
in right-center and Cintron hit an RBI single.

Mayne had a run-scoring double and Webb drove in another run in
the fifth.

"Richie's home run got us going," Mayne said. "To be honest,
I don't think we'll have a real major issue scoring runs this year.
It's just getting over that first game."

Webb got out of a jam in the third, striking out Preston Wilson
and getting Burnitz on a grounder with runners at second and
third.

Game notes
Jennings is 0-3 in four career starts in Phoenix, with an
11.09 ERA. ... The Bank One Ballpark roof was closed because of the
threat of rain, marking the second indoor game in two nights. Early
season games in Phoenix are usually played under the stars before
the roof is closed during the summer for air conditioning. ...
Helton, 4-for-4 in the opener, went eight plate appearances into
the season before making an out -- striking out against Webb in the
fifth after five hits and two walks. ... It was Johnson's third
career slam.