Series: Game 3 of 3

Seattle won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 28
Colorado 2Final
Seattle 6
Game 2: Saturday, June 29
Colorado 1Final
Seattle 8
Game 3: Sunday, June 30
Colorado 4Final
Seattle 3

Rockies 4

(39-43, 14-27 away)

Mariners 3

(51-30, 23-17 home)

    4:35 PM ET, June 30, 2002

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    COL 000200002 4 - -
    SEA 010002000 3 - -

    W: J. Speier (3-0)

    L: K. Sasaki (2-2)

    S: J. Jimenez (21)

    Rockies' rally snaps five-game skid

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Kazuhiro Sasaki couldn't quite get excited about the All-Star Game, because this was a rare occasion when he just didn't feel like one.

    Seattle's star closer allowed only his second and third earned runs all season Sunday as the Colorado Rockies came back in the ninth inning to beat the Mariners 4-3.

    Sasaki (2-2) blew only his fourth save opportunity in 22 attempts and Seattle had its five-game winning streak snapped on the day Sasaki and teammates Ichiro Suzuki and Freddy Garcia were picked for the AL All-Star team.

    "This should have been a happy day because I was picked for the All-Star game,'' Sasaki said. "I'm just thinking about the loss today and I'm feeling really bad.''

    Todd Hollandsworth hit a game-tying double in the ninth and Todd Zeile scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly for Colorado. The Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided being swept by the Mariners for the first time ever.

    "Getting swept here would not have been good,'' said first baseman Todd Helton, who went 2-for-5 in his first game back after missing two games with a strained back.

    Larry Walker had a season-high four hits and Justin Speier (3-0) pitched the eighth, giving up a walk. He was also called for a balk. Jose Jimenez worked the ninth for his 21st save in 23 opportunities.

    Walker led off the ninth with a double, went to third on Helton's groundout, then scored on Hollandsworth's double. Zeile walked, went to third on Hollandsworth's double and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Bobby Estalella.

    Walker surprised himself in the ninth.

    "I got sitting on deck and saw his ERA was like zero-point-three or something like ridiculous,'' he said. "I wasn't expecting to get anybody on base with what looked like impossible numbers to hit against.''

    Sasaki said he isn't sure what caused his pitches to stay up, especially the one to Walker, and planned to study tape of his outing.

    "He's one of those type of guys who you can't fool him,'' Seattle starter James Baldwin said of Walker. "You hope he hits the ball at someone.''

    The Mariners went ahead in the sixth on home runs by Ruben Sierra and John Olerud off John Thomson.

    "We had the game, we just didn't hold onto it at the end,'' Mariners manager Lou Piniella said.

    The Rockies left the bases loaded three times. They had runners on second and third with no outs in the seventh after a wild pitch by Arthur Rhodes. Then Olerud, Seattle's first baseman, fell into the stands to catch a foul by Zeile, and Rhodes struck out Hollandsworth.

    Shigetoshi Hasegawa relieved Rhodes, and intentionally walked Brent Butler before Estalella flied out to center.

    Thomson, making his first career start against Seattle, gave up five hits with two strikeouts and a walk in six innings.

    Baldwin escaped two bases-loaded jams and allowed two runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks in six innings.

    The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the second on Bret Boone's double that scored Edgar Martinez from third. Martinez doubled to leadoff the inning and finished 1-for-4 in his fourth game back full-time after surgery on his left hamstring April 13.

    Colorado tied the game in the fourth on a double by Brent Butler that went to the corner in left and scored Hollandsworth from first. The Rockies went ahead 2-1 when Butler came home on a single by Juan Pierre.

    After Pierre flied out to right to start the game, Baldwin gave up singles to Terry Shumpert, Walker and Helton to load the bases. Shumpert was thrown out at the plate as Zeile went to first on a fielder's choice. Baldwin then struck out Hollandsworth to end the inning.

    "We thickened the plot as thick as we could make it,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Game notes

    The Mariners finished interleague play 11-7. The Rockies were 7-11, including 2-7 on the road. ... Seattle 3B Jeff Cirillo was struck out by Denny Stark in the seventh -- the player traded for him in the offseason. ... The Mariners are 55-47 since interleague began in 1997. The Rockies are 32-50. ... The Mariners' bullpen gave up its first run in 17 2-3 innings. ... Colorado won its first game when trailing after eight innings on the road and is now 1-26 on the road overall. It was only the second time the Mariners lost when leading after eight innings. They're 43-2 in that situation.

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