Burks' Homers Help Giants Cruise, 10-1

From Associated Press

Ellis Burks hit two home runs and tied his career high with seven runs batted in to lead the San Francisco Giants over the slumping Colorado Rockies, 10-1, Tuesday night.

Burks went three for four with a two-run double in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third and a three-run shot in the seventh. Burks has 11 home runs, including four in three games since returning from the disabled list.

The Rockies have lost a season-high six consecutive games, while the Giants moved within one game of NL West-leading Arizona.

Kirk Rueter (7-3) gave up six hits and one walk in his first complete game since July 28. It was a complete turnaround from his last start against the Rockies, when he gave up five runs in one-third of an inning on April 22.

The Giants pounded Bobby Jones (3-7) for six runs and seven hits--five of them for extra bases--in four innings.

Singles by Bill Mueller and Barry Bonds set up Burks' three-run homer in the seventh against Curtis Leskanic. It was Burks' 15th career multi-homer game.

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