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Rockies' Cook chops up Brewers in fastest Coors game

DENVER (AP) -- The bullpen doors opened only once all night, the
vendors in the stands had to really hustle and the players hardly
had a chance to get any rest between innings.

Aaron Cook won for the first time in a month and the Colorado Rockies beat Chris Capuano and the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Monday
night in the fastest nine-inning game in the 12-year history of
Coors Field.

"It was so quick that I couldn't catch my breath between
innings," Brewers shortstop Bill Hall said after the game that
lasted 2 hours, 6 minutes. "I'd barely sit down in the dugout and
I'd have to go back out."

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he never imagined he'd witness
such a fast game at Coors Field.

"In my first few years here, we'd be in about the fifth or the
sixth. We'd be coming up with new game plans and figuring out how
many relievers we had left and how we were going to go after it,"
Hurdle said. "But the game has changed here.

"Plus, both those guys don't mess around. They don't spend any
time on the grass or on the dirt. They're making pitches, throwing
strikes. That was the best-pitched game I've ever seen here."

Cook (7-9) scattered four singles, walked three and struck out
four in eight innings. Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his 20th
save in 24 chances, needing just seven pitches to wrap up the win,
which supplanted a 2:07 game on Aug. 28, 1999, as the fastest in
the history of the ballpark in downtown Denver.

Capuano (10-7) surrendered seven hits in his third career
complete game but remained winless in four starts since his first
All-Star game appearance. He gave up two runs in the first inning
and served up consecutive homers in the third to Garrett Atkins and
Matt Holliday, the first back-to-back shots by the Rockies since
April 9, at San Diego.

"Cook just pitched better," Capuano said. "He had his sinker
working."

Atkins' homer was his 15th, a no-doubt 418-foot shot into the
seats that left fielder Kevin Mench just turned and admired.
Holliday sent Capuano's next pitch into the stands in right for his
career-best 20th homer and a 4-1 lead.

"You get this kind of game when you have two pitchers pounding
the ball in for strikes," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "It
keeps your fielders on their toes all the time."

The Rockies, who have won four of five to creep back into the NL
West race, finally gave Cook some run support with a two-run first
inning, and he turned it into his first win since June 27. Colorado
had lost 11 of his previous 12 starts. In eight of those, they
scored two or fewer runs.

"I like to go out there and work quick, and it was one of those
nights where I actually had stuff working, which is a delightful
change after my last couple of starts," Cook said. "And I kept
the ball down in the zone. I was mixing in my slider a little more
tonight."

Capuano was fortunate to escape the first inning down only 2-0.
After Holliday's RBI single, Todd Helton punched a pitch off the
top of his bat down the third-base line. David Bell dived and
knocked down the ball as it spun into foul territory, limiting
Helton to a run-scoring single instead of a two-run double. Then,
Capuano got Yorvit Torrealba to ground into an inning-ending double
play.

The Brewers got one run back on Damian Miller's RBI single in
the second.

Milwaukee loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but managed
only a sacrifice fly by Prince Fielder.

Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who was acquired from Kansas City in
a deadline deal, arrived just before the game, his flight from
Kansas City lasting about as long as this game did.

Game notes
This was the Rockies' 1,000th win in franchise history and
allowed them to avoid a single-digit win total in July for just the
fifth time in team history. ... There have been three games played
in a shorter amount of time at Coors, but all were seven innings or
less. ... The Rockies have won just two of Cook's starts since May
19.