Series: Game 1 of 3

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 6/10)

Game 1: Monday, June 10
Colorado 3Final
Boston 7
Game 2: Tuesday, June 11
Colorado 3Final
Boston 1
Game 3: Wednesday, June 12
Colorado 5Final
Boston 7

Rockies 3

(31-33, 11-21 away)

Red Sox 7

(41-20, 16-14 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 10, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    COL 000011010 3 - -
    BOS 10023100 - 7 - -

    W: D. Lowe (10-2)

    L: D. Neagle (4-3)

    S: T. Wakefield (3)

    Lowe pitches Red Sox past Rockies

    BOSTON (AP) -- Derek Lowe doesn't get too many chances to end a losing streak -- not with Pedro Martinez in the Red Sox rotation.

    Derek Lowe
    Starting Pitcher
    Boston Red Sox
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    13 10 2 0 53 1.89

    When he gets the chance, though, Lowe can be every bit the stopper as the Boston ace.

    ''He's developing into the same kind of pitcher,'' Red Sox manager Grady Little said Monday night after Lowe beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 to become the AL's first 10-game winner. ''You know your team really expects to win a game when he goes out there.''

    Lowe (10-2) gave up two runs on a season-high eight hits, striking out three and walking none to snap a three-game losing streak that was Boston's longest of the season. He left after six innings with a 7-2 lead as a precaution because a blister developed on his right thumb.

    Lowe has only started three games this season after a Red Sox loss, and he's won all three. Martinez, who typically follows the No. 5 starter in the Boston rotation, has started four times after the Red Sox have lost straight and won all four.

    But Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, couldn't stop the Diamondbacks from sweeping Boston in their first visit to Fenway Park this weekend. It fell to Lowe to give the Red Sox their first interleague win of the year.

    ''It's too early in my career for me to be considered a stopper,'' said Lowe, whose ERA rose from 1.81 to 1.89 -- still the best in the AL. ''But I felt like I was going to go out and pitch a good game. That is the kind of feeling that I have had all year.''

    Lowe gave up solo homers to Todd Zeile and Bobby Estalella -- the first home runs he has allowed in 108 innings. It was the 10th time in 13 starts that Lowe allowed two or fewer runs.

    Tim Wakefield pitched three innings for his third save. The Red Sox have the best record in baseball at 41-20, but they're just 16-14 at home, having lost their previous five games at Fenway.

    Colorado was swept in three games by Toronto over the weekend and has lost seven of eight. Denny Neagle (4-3), who was 3-0 on the road this year, was charged with six runs in five innings on nine hits and four walks and a hit batter.

    ''I knew I was up against a tough pitcher in Derek Lowe,'' said Neagle, who struck out four. ''He's obviously been one of the best pitchers in baseball.''

    Brian Daubach homered as Boston pounded Neagle with six consecutive hits to score three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.

    Daubach had an RBI single to make it 1-0 in the first. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon walked to put two on with two outs in the fourth before Lou Merloni and Johnny Damon each hit RBI singles.

    Jose Offerman followed with a line drive to right that drew a throw from Todd Hollandsworth. Merloni appeared to get a large part of the plate with his left foot and elude Estalella's tag, but umpire Jeff Nelson made no ruling.

    Estalella then tagged Merloni, who was called out.

    Things didn't go much better for Neagle in the fifth, though. Nomar Garciaparra led off with a double, and Daubach hit a 400-foot homer to straightaway center for his ninth homer of the year.

    Shea Hillenbrand followed with a double and, two outs later, scored on Nixon's single to make it 6-1.

    Game notes

    The Red Sox stole four bases for the first time since 1996. ... Lowe's homerless streak was the longest in the majors since Kevin Brown went 118 innings in 1996-97. ... None of the Rockies' homes were immediately threatened by the wildfire approaching Denver, a team spokesman said. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton entered the game with 13 hits in 29 at-bats and singled twice in his first two plate appearances. ... Boston OF Manny Ramirez took batting practice for the first time since breaking his left index finger on May 11. He could return by the weekend. ... Varitek stole his first base since 2000. ... Red Sox 2B Rey Sanchez was put on the DL with a right hamstring strain. INF Juan Diaz was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Actor Matt Damon threw out the first pitch and then played catch in center field with Damon during warmups. ... Boston agreed to terms with draft choices: RHPs Chris Smith, Brandon Smith, David Pahucki and Jose Vaquedano; LHP Luis L. Villarreal; INFs Chad Spann, Arian Alcala, Brandon Moss, Gregory Stone and Patrick Boran; OFs Ian Cronkhite, Michael Barclay and Anthony Bianucci, and C James Buckley.

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