Walker's fill-in nabs 2 RBI on first major league hit

DENVER (AP) -- At least for one game, the Colorado Rockies showed
they can win without Larry Walker.

Jeromy Burnitz and Preston Wilson hit consecutive homers, and
the Colorado Rockies used a five-run sixth inning to defeat the
Cincinnati Reds 9-5 on Saturday night.

"The Walker thing doesn't mean anything to me. It shouldn't
mean anything to anybody," Burnitz said. "We just take it one day
at a time and focus on your job regardless of who is around you."

Burnitz moved from left field to right to replace Walker, who
was traded to St. Louis on Friday night.

"That's a funny way to put things," said Burnitz of the idea
he was an ample replacement. "I came here to play left field with
Larry, so I wouldn't really consider me his replacement."

Burnitz got two hits in the game to end a 1-for-15 slide.

"Jeromy Burnitz is a good ballplayer," manager Clint Hurdle
said. "He will hold down his own, he has pretty much everywhere he
has played. He will provide us with some offensive run support, he
will score some runs and he will drive some in."

Vinny Castilla added two RBI, and Jorge Piedra drove in two
runs with his first major league hit.

The Rockies recalled Piedra from Triple-A Colorado Springs
before the game.

Rockies starter Aaron Cook left in the third inning because he
felt lightheaded and dizzy. The gametime temperature was 78
degrees, but the air at Coors Field was unusually humid.

Adam Bernero relieved and allowed one run in three solid
innings. Allan Simpson (1-1) escaped a jam in the sixth for the
win. Scott Dohmann worked two innings, and Steve Reed pitched a
scoreless ninth.

John Vander Wal hit a two-run homer, and Adam Dunn and Felipe
Lopez each added a solo shot for the Reds. It was Dunn's fourth
homer in four games.

Paul Wilson (9-3) gave up seven runs and 12 hits, but is winless
in five starts.

"If you look at his numbers in the morning, other than the two
home run runs, he didn't pitch ultimately that bad," Cincinnati
manager Dave Miley said. "Maybe a couple of plays that could have
been made behind him weren't."

With the score tied at 3, the Rockies sent 10 hitters to the
plate in the sixth and took an 8-3 lead. Todd Greene had an RBI
single, and Piedra drove in two runs with a single to right on a
nine-pitch at-bat.

"Being brought up was unexpected and I was still pumped up when
I came up," Piedra said. "I went to the plate aggressively and
waited for a pitch I could hit."

Piedra scored from third when Lopez booted Royce Clayton's
grounder to shortstop for an error, and Castilla drove in Aaron
Miles with a sacrifice fly.

"They were hitting it where people weren't," Wilson said.

The Reds scored twice in the eighth on Lopez's homer and Ryan
Freel's RBI double to make it 8-5.

Pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney homered in the bottom half.

The Reds got four straight hits in the second, but managed only
two runs on Vander Wal's homer over the scoreboard in right. Cook
picked off Javier Valentin at second and fanned Wilson to end the

Colorado countered with solo homers by Burnitz and Wilson in the
bottom half.

The Rockies added a run on Castilla's RBI groundout in the
third. Dunn tied it at 3 with a solo homer to center with one out
in the fifth.

Cincinnati put runners on second and third with no outs in the
sixth, but didn't score because Simpson retired the next three

Game notes
Valentin had a career-high three hits. ... Reds closer
Danny Graves turned 31. ... Colorado has 10 sets of back-to-back
homers, seven involving Burnitz. ... The Rockies have started a
rookie in all 110 games. ... Piedra was hitting .334 with 15 homers
and 55 RBI at Triple-A.