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Jennings wins fifth straight decision

6/1/2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Rookie Jason Jennings just wanted another
win.

Jennings retired his first 16 batters for his fifth straight win
as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 Friday
night.

"Really, tonight was just about making pitches, not trying to
make them look stupid up there,'' he said. "I wanted to use the
field against them.''

Jennings (7-2) allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings.

Todd Helton hit a three-run homer in the first off Ryan Jensen
(4-5) and the Rockies won for the ninth time in 11 games.

The Giants got a scare in the ninth when shortstop Ramon
Martinez was carted off the field in the ninth inning after he was
hit in the face by a tipped throw from first baseman J.T. Snow.

Martinez had a mild concussion and would spend the night at a
hospital after being X-rayed, the team said.

Jennings walked Yorvit Torrealba with one out in the sixth, but
did not allow a hit until Barry Bonds' single to right-center with
one out in the seventh.

Bonds advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Jeff Kent's single,
and Kent scored on J.T. Snow's grounder.

"I never really thought about a no-hitter,'' Jennings said. "I
just went out every inning and threw.''

The Giants, swept by the Rockies in a three-game series at Coors
Field last weekend, have dropped three straight and six of their
last eight.

Juan Pierre singled and Juan Uribe walked before Helton's shot
to right. It was his 14th homer this season, and his first at
Pacific Bell Park.

Jensen had trouble again in the second inning. He hit Mark
Little with a pitch before Jennings' single. Both advanced on
Pierre's sacrifice bunt, and Little scored on Uribe's fly to right.

Jensen intentionally walked Helton before Todd Zeile's single
loaded the bases and Todd Hollandsworth hit a two-run double.

Jensen, who also lost to Colorado in his last start, allowed six
runs on seven hits in two innings. Jay Witasick relieved in the
third.

"I guess they just have my number,'' Jensen said.

Jennings, a 23-year-old right-hander, tied Colorado's franchise
record for most hitless innings to start a game. John Thomson also
opened a game with 6 1/3 hitless innings on May 2 against
Pittsburgh.

Jennings is 5-0 in his last seven starts, six of which the
Rockies have won.

Bonds came in 5-for-31 over his last nine games. He has not
homered since Monday.

Bonds needs one more home run to match Frank Robinson for fourth
place on the career list with 586.

On the play that hurt Martinez, Hollandsworth was attempting to
steal second. Snow's throw tipped off Kent's glove and into
Martinez's face.

Martinez was knocked to the ground where he stayed for several
moments until Giants' trainer Stan Conte helped him onto a cart.

"The guy took off running. I was watching J.T. and I felt Ramon
there,'' Kent said. "I tried to pull away and it just tipped my
glove.''

Catcher Torrealba hurt his thumb on the same play, Giants
manager Dusty Baker said. He was X-rayed Friday nights but the
results weren't immediately available.

Game notes
The Colorado clubhouse was quiet before the game as the
players watched the Colorado Avalanche lose 7-0 in Game 7 of the
NHL's Western Conference finals against Detroit. ... LHP Mike
Hampton, Saturday's starter for the Rockies, is 0-5 with a 9.20 ERA
on the road. He hasn't won a road game since Aug. 26, 2001, at
Milwaukee. ... Giants SS Rich Aurilia, on the disabled list because
of bone chips in his right elbow, could be back sooner than
expected. Aurilia had surgery May 22 and was originally expected to
miss 4-to-6 weeks. However, he was throwing three days after the
operation and took batting practice before Wednesday's game against
the Diamondbacks.