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Stark keys Rockies' third straight win

7/21/2002

DENVER (AP) -- Denny Stark's approach to pitching at Coors Field
is to stay aggressive.

It's certainly worked so far.

Stark made his second strong start since joining the rotation,
and Todd Hollandsworth homered for the second consecutive game as
the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Saturday night.

"I just try to stay aggressive and let the flow of the game
dictate how I am going to pitch,'' said Stark, who is 5-0 with a
2.41 ERA at hitter-friendly Coors Field. "I like it here. It's a
great atmosphere.''

In his second start since spending six weeks in the bullpen,
Stark (6-1) breezed through Milwaukee's lineup before allowing
three runs on homers by Richie Sexson in the fifth and seventh
innings.

Stark did not allow a hit before Sexson ended his scoreless
streak of 10 2/3 innings with a solo homer in the fifth inning.
Stark allowed and six hits in 6 2/3 innings after taking a
no-hitter into the sixth inning against San Diego on Monday.

Stark has allowed five earned runs since June 16.

"He was ahead of everybody,'' Colorado manager Clint Hurdle
said. "He gave up two home runs to a home-run hitter, an All-Star.
There's nothing to be ashamed of there.''

Colorado gave Stark all the support he needed in the first
inning. The Rockies have won three straight and five of seven.

Larry Walker hit the first of his two run-scoring doubles off
the wall, then Todd Helton knocked him in with a line drive that
nearly hit Jose Cabrera (4-7) in the head.

Hollandsworth followed Todd Zeile's single with a three-run
homer deep into the second deck in right, his 11th of the season,
for a 5-0 lead.

"After that I just tried to keep as little damage as
possible,'' Stark said.

Hollandsworth added a single in the third inning and is 8-for-11
in four games after going 1-for-16 following the All-Star break. He
also hit a solo homer to the third deck against the Brewers on
Friday.

"He was slumping before we got here and nobody stays in a slump
forever,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster said. "They may have
woken him up.''

Sexson led off the fifth with a homer, then got the Brewers
within 6-3 in the seventh with a two-run shot, his 21st of the
season. It was his 12th career multihomer game and second this
season.

Milwaukee pulled to 6-5 in the eighth on a two-run homer Jeffrey
Hammonds, his eighth of the season, but Jose Jimenez pitched a
perfect ninth for his career-high 25th save.

The Brewers have lost six straight and nine of 10 since playing
host to the All-Star Game on July 9.

"This doesn't mean much when we lose,'' Sexson said. "We had a
chance again. We left people on base and in scoring position and
that has been our downfall. We have to capitalize with clutch
hits.''

Cabrera allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings and fell to
3-4 as a starter.

"Everything was up in the zone,'' said Cabrera, who has not
pitched more than six innings this season. "I left too many
pitches too high and they hit them. It's going to be a short night
for a pitcher if he pitches up there is this park.''

Game notes
The Rockies honored Royster and six Brewers players, who
all have ties to Colorado, as part of its 10-year anniversary
celebration before the game. ... Milwaukee has been outscored 78-42
in the first inning this season. ... Zeile's single in the first
ended a 0-for-17 slide, but went hitless in his final three
at-bats. ... Colorado is 28-13 at home since Hurdle took over as
manager April 26, the third-best home mark in the majors during
that span. ... Sexson also hit two homers against St. Louis on
April 18.