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Larry Walker's two-run shot keys rally

DENVER (AP) – No Canadian has more hits, home runs or RBI than Larry Walker.

Russ Davis
Russ Davis went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and a homer for the Giants.

So when extra innings threatened to interfere with his Stanley Cup viewing plans, Walker brought things to an expedient end.

Walker, an avid Colorado Avalanche fan, capped a four-run ninth inning with a two-run homer off Chad Zerbe as the Colorado Rockies rallied for a 7-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

The homer came minutes before the Avalanche and New Jersey Devils started Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

"I looked at the clock. I saw the puck was going to be dropped in about five minutes. I figured I better do something," Walker said. "Seriously, it's good to get a win. We haven't had one like this all year."

Walker, born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, hit his 18th homer of the season and gave him 53 RBI – two more than last year when he missed 75 games because of elbow problems. He also prevented Colorado (27-28) from dropping three games below .500 for the first time this season.

"I'm sure he had some incentive," Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle said. "He'll be in a lot better mood watching the game instead of thinking about another tough loss for us."

While Colorado celebrated at home plate, the Giants were left to ponder a wasted ninth-inning lead and their own ineptitude in the clutch.

San Francisco, which has lost 12 of 17, went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded a runner at third base five times, including the sixth, seventh and ninth innings.

"We had so many opportunities. We should have tacked on a few more runs," manager Dusty Baker said. "This was a crappy loss in a week of crappy losses. This has been a tough week for us."

For eight innings, it looked like the Giants would win without much help from Barry Bonds, who leads the majors with 29 homers.

Bonds went 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts as San Francisco handed the ball to closer Robb Nen (2-2) with a 5-3 lead in the ninth.

Brooks Kieschnick walked to open the inning and moved to third on Juan Pierre's single. After Pierre stole second, Neifi Perez salvaged what would have been a disappointing 26th birthday with a two-run single to chase Nen.

Walker then hit a 1-0 pitch from Chad Zerbe over the left-center field fence, setting off a helmet-pounding celebration at home plate. Walker was bounced around by his teammates as if he had just scored the game-winning goal to win the Stanley Cup.

"My nose was bleeding," Walker said. "Helton beat the crap out of me. I'll get him back. He's going to hit a walkoff homer, and I'm going to beat the living daylights out of him."

The Giants trailed most of the day but took a 4-3 lead in the seventh on a pinch-hit RBI double by Armando Rios and a run-scoring groundout by Ramon Martinez. The runs came after Bonds struck out against sidearming left-hander Mike Myers with runners at first and second.

After 55 games, Bonds still has a chance to reach 30 homers faster than anyone in history. Babe Ruth reached the mark in 63 games with the New York Yankees in 1928.

While Bonds was quiet, Russ Davis went 4-for-4, homered and scored four times for the Giants. Rios was 2-for-2, adding another RBI double in the ninth.

"I have seen a lot of games like this here," Davis said. "They are wild."

Jose Jimenez (2-0) got the final out in the ninth, stranding runners at second and third. The out proved significant as the Giants lost for the first time in 25 games when leading after eight.

Davis hit a solo homer off Colorado starter Denny Neagle to pull San Francisco to 3-2 in the fifth. Neagle's two-run double and an RBI single by Todd Walker had given Colorado the early lead.

Game notes
Rockies hitting coach Clint Hurdle was ejected in the second inning for arguing a close call at third base. ... To make room for newly acquired OF Jacob Cruz, the Rockies designated IF-OF Kevin Sefcik for assignment. ... The Giants recalled IF Edwards Guzman from Triple-A Fresno. The move came one day after placing 1B J.T. Snow on the 15-day DL (bruised rib). ... Shawon Dunston's RBI double for San Francisco in the first was his 1,500th career hit in the National League. ... Perez is 2-for-26 against Giants starter Russ Ortiz. ... Colorado has won 26 games at Coors Field in the ninth inning.

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