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Colorado thoroughly foils return of Buddy Bell

DENVER (AP) -- Liners that had been outs found the gaps. Grounders skidded past fielders instead of going right at them. Even the pitching was good.

Ah, the comforts of home -- just what the Colorado Rockies needed
after a dreadful road trip.

Preston Wilson drove in three runs and Dustan Mohr ended a
2-for-26 slump with a two-run homer, helping the Rockies end a
five-game losing streak with a 12-4 victory over the Kansas City
Royals on Friday night.

"We came home and our bats were revitalized," Mohr said. "We
got away from some things on the road and we got back to what we
are capable of. We were rejuvenated by being home. This park has a
way of bringing you back to life."

Colorado was miserable on its nine-game road trip that ended
Wednesday, winning once, scoring just 22 runs and hitting .167 with
runners in scoring position.

The thin air and spacious outfield of Coors Field were just what
the Rockies needed.

Colorado had 13 hits -- every starter had at least one -- and was
7-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The Rockies also scored
eight runs by the fourth inning -- one more than the previous three
games combined -- and batted around twice to win for just the third
time in 16 games.

Several players had breakout games to do it.

Wilson, 4-for-19 the previous five games, had a run-scoring
single in the third inning and capped another three-run inning in
the fourth with a two-run single that put the Rockies up 8-2. Mohr
ended a week's worth of frustration with his fifth homer in the
second inning and Desi Relaford snapped a 4-for-34 slump with an
RBI double in Colorado's four-run seventh.

Brad Hawpe added three hits and two RBI, and Byung-Hyun Kim
(2-6) won for just the second time since last October to help the
Rockies spoil the return of former manager Buddy Bell.

"I think we've had a couple (big nights), but they've been few
and far between and they've been at home and not on the road,"
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "It makes the game better when
everyone gets involved."

Bell lost more games than he won (161-185) as Colorado's manager
from 2000-02 and the Royals didn't do much to help him shake that
losing feeling at Coors Field.

Starter D.J. Carrasco (2-3) had the shortest outing of his
career, his teammates made two costly errors behind him and the
Royals stranded eight runners to lose their fourth straight.

"You can't give people extra outs in this ballpark and you
can't walk people. Both of those things we didn't do very well
tonight," Bell said. "They (Colorado) played pretty good
actually, but when you walk people that just makes it that much
tougher."

Kim gave them plenty of chances. He hit two batters and crossed
signals with catcher Danny Ardoin for a passed ball that scored a
run in the first inning, but limited the damage the rest of the
way.

The right-hander allowed a run in the third inning on Mark
Teahen's RBI single and was lifted with two outs in the sixth
inning after Justin Huber's first major league hit -- an RBI double
off the wall in right -- cut Colorado's lead to 8-3.

Kim gave up three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits, and has
allowed eight earned runs in 23 2/3 innings as a starter at Coors
Field.

"He continues to be -- what do you call it? -- effectively
wild," Hurdle said. "He moves the ball around and can be tough to
hit when he's throwing strikes."

Carrasco walked a career-high five in his last start against
Houston on Saturday, but limited the Astros to two earned runs in
seven innings. He couldn't get away with five walks at Coors Field.

The right-hander gave up two runs in the second on Mohr's homer
and three each in the third and fourth innings. Carrasco lasted
just 3 1/3 innings after giving up more than two earned runs for
just the second time in eight starts. He allowed eight runs -- seven
earned -- and seven hits.

"My command wasn't there. I have to figure out a way to keep my
command going," Carrasco said. "I pitched myself into trouble and
then I got the groundball and it would find a hole. Hits were
falling in and it just wasn't a good night at all. Nothing was
going my way."

Game notes
Kansas City's Emil Brown extended his career-high hitting
streak to 11 games with a single in the third inning. ...
Colorado's Todd Helton had an RBI single in the seventh inning to
tie Larry Walker's Coors Field record of 814 hits. ... Kim struck
out Brown in the fifth inning for the 500th of his career. ...
Colorado has batted around twice in a game 21 times in team
history.