Faced with an early five-run deficit against the defending National League champions, it would have been easy for the Colorado Rockies to fold.
Not this team, and not at Coors Field.
Charles Johnson and Preston Wilson each hit a three-run home run, and the Rockies rallied to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 12-7, Monday.
“It looked a little bleak there,” Rocky Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re kind of like a duck on top of a pond. We’re cool, calm and collected up top, but we’re pedaling like heck underneath. It’s hard to act like you’re in control when it’s 6-1.”
Ronnie Belliard had four hits and Wilson had three to help the Rockies overcome Jason Jennings’ first shaky start in more than a month.
San Francisco has dropped three of its last five series to fall into a tie with the Dodgers in the NL West for the first time this season.
Cincinnati 7, Atlanta 6 -- Pinch-hitter Adam Dunn came through with a grand slam in the top of the 11th inning, helping the Reds end a four-game skid.
It was Dunn’s 18th homer this season, most in the majors.
John Smoltz struck out two in a hitless ninth, but the Braves lost a game in which he appeared for the first time since May 29, 2002. Atlanta had won 72 consecutive games in which Smoltz pitched, a major league record.
St. Louis 10, Houston 5 -- Woody Williams (7-0) became the second seven-game winner in the NL and Scott Rolen was three for three with three runs batted in at St. Louis.
Craig Biggio had four hits for the Astros and Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer.
Florida 5, Montreal 1 -- Brian Banks and Juan Encarnacion each hit a two-run homer at Miami, and Carl Pavano threw his second career complete game to help the Marlins win their fourth in a row.
Pavano (4-5) won for only the second time in his last seven starts.
Arizona 8, San Diego 4 -- David Dellucci homered and was hit by a pitch from Jesse Orosco to bring home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning at Phoenix.
Rookie Andrew Good (1-1) gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings for his first major league victory, striking out seven and walking none.