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Rockies' Wright outduels Tigers' Maroth

DENVER (AP) -- A cool, damp day took some of the bite out of
Coors Field.

Jamey Wright pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and
Garrett Atkins hit a two-run homer to help the Colorado Rockies
beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Friday, matching the lowest-scoring
game in Coors Field's 11-year history.

"I'd marvel at it a little bit more if it was a bright, sunny
day and the wind was blowing out, but I'm going to marvel at it
anyway because the ball can find the seats in this ballpark pretty
easily at times," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We pitched
very well today as did they. We just pitched better than they
did."

Heavy rain delayed the game's start 56 minutes and it was still
cold and wet once things got underway -- ideal pitching conditions
at Coors.

Neither team could get much going against the other's starter,
with the game remaining scoreless until the bottom of the sixth
inning. That's when Atkins lifted a changeup by Mike Maroth (4-7)
over the wall in right-center for a two-run homer.

The crowd kept waiting for something else to happen, but nothing
ever did.

Colorado managed just seven hits and was 0-for-8 with runners in
scoring position. Detroit also had seven hits and had just two
runners get past second base.

The result was the third two-run game at Coors Field since it
opened in 1995 and first since Colorado's 2-0 victory over the
Chicago Cubs on Aug. 9, 2002. Atlanta beat the Rockies by the same
score on June 16, 1995.

"This is surprising to get shut out here," Tigers manager Alan
Trammell said. "I would have not expected that, that's for sure."

Wright (4-5) didn't give the Tigers many chances, getting 11
outs on groundballs and allowing one runner past second base. He
was lifted with one out in the seventh inning after giving up
consecutive singles to Nook Logan and pinch-hitter Chris Shelton.

Jay Witasick, Wright's replacement, got Brandon Inge to ground
out and struck Placido Polanco, who was 1-for-4 in his Tigers'
debut, to end the inning. Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth inning to
complete the 27th shutout in Coors Field history -- 15th combined --
and earn his sixth save.

"It was a very well-pitched game by us throughout the ball
game," Hurdle said. "A 2-0 game, those are fun to have."

Maroth wasn't bad, either. Making his 100th career start, he
allowed seven hits and two runs in seven innings -- normally plenty
good at Coors -- but still came away with his fifth straight loss.

Colorado had runners at the corners with no outs against Maroth
in the second inning, but the left-hander got Desi Relaford and
Danny Ardoin on infield popups and Wright on a groundout to escape
the jam. Maroth also left two on in fourth by getting Ardoin to hit
a weak grounder to first before being caught by surprise by Atkins'
homer in the sixth.

"I thought it was a popup to tell you the truth," Maroth said.
"You have to throw the Colorado factor in -- it wasn't a bad pitch.
It obviously hit the barrel, but I didn't think he got it. Judging
by the swing, I thought it was going to be on the warning track."

Wright's biggest problem was keeping Maroth, a career .167
hitter, off the bases. The Tigers pitcher drew a walk in the third
inning while trying to bunt, then had his third career hit in the
sixth inning.

Still, he had plenty of motion on his breaking pitches, kept the
ball down in the zone and hit the corners for his third straight
solid outing -- all at Coors Field. Wright has allowed just four
earned runs in 19 1/3 innings after an eight-run, three-inning
outing against Milwaukee on May 25 had him a step away from being
demoted.

"I have been myself. I haven't tried to do too much,
overthrowing," said Wright, who has a 17 1/3 innings scoreless
streak against Detroit. "I have been taking my stuff and
challenging the hitters with it."

Game notes
Maroth is the 15th left-hander in team history with 100
starts, first since Justin Thompson in 1999. ... The latest a game
remained scoreless game at Coors Field was 8½ innings on Aug. 26,
1995, when St. Louis beat the Rockies 5-4. ... Atkins also made a
diving stop on a hard grounder by Craig Monroe in the fourth
inning.