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The Rockies beat up on emergency starter Brian Powell, a 29-year-old righty called up from Triple-A to start in place of the injured Kirk Rueter. They scored seven runs off of Powell in 4 2/3 innings, pounding out eight hits, five of which went for extra bases.
Colorado's first run came in the bottom of the second, when Preston Wilson led off with a double to left center. After Larry Walker grounded out, Jay Payton brough Wilson home with a single up the middle. The Rockies put up a three-spot in the third when, with two out and two on, Wilson drove a ball into the stands in right field for his twenty-first home run of the season. In the fifth, they hit two home runs to add three more to their lead. Colorado starting pitcher Darren Oliver cranked a hanging pitch first-pitch fastball from Powell over the center field wall to record the first major league home run of his career. Three batters later, Wilson hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot to right center field.
That home run chased Powell from the game in favor of southpaw Jason Christiansen, who retired the only batter he faced on a groundout. Damian Moss replaced Christiansen in the sixth inning, making his first appearance out of the bullpen for the Giants. He had an easy 1-2-3 sixth, but allowed four consecutive batters to reach base to open the bottom of the seventh. He gave up three runs on a walk, a double, two singles and an RBI groundout, the third three-run inning of the game for the Rockies.
Reliever Kevin Correia made his major league debut for the Giants, entering with two down in the seventh. In an inning and a third, he gave up one earned run, the Rockies' eleventh of the game, on a walk and two singles, also striking out Greg Vaughn to record his first big league K.
While the Rockies were enjoying a highly productive offensive game at hitter-friendly Coors Field, the Giants' bats were being quieted by Oliver, who improved his 2003 home record to a perfect 5-0. The Giants scored only three runs in the game, two off of Oliver, and all three on solo home runs. Barry Bonds brought home the first San Francisco run with a monster shot to lead off the fourth inning, his league-leading 28th home run of the season. Rich Aurilia hit his ninth, a seventh-inning drive to left center. Marquis Grissom golfed on out in the top of the eighth off reliever Joe Roa to cap off the scoring in the game for San Francisco.
SFDugout's Players of the Game: Rich Aurilia showed signs of life at the plate, going 2-4 with a single and a home run. The Giants would love nothing more than to see his bat come around during the second half of the season. With the red-hot Arizona Diamondbacks hot on their heels, they'll need all the offense they can get down the stretch.
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