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Holliday strokes two-run homer to power Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies celebrate the small
milestones that come in a losing season, such as winning on the
road in an NL West ballpark for the first time.

"Our record is what it is," manager Clint Hurdle said. "But
we're going to come in and get after you. If you take a nap and
fall asleep, we can ruin your day."

Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer and Jamey Wright pitched six
effective innings to end a three-game losing streak, leading the
Rockies over the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Wright (6-11) allowed three hits to avenge an April 15 loss to
the Giants in which he allowed a career high-tying nine runs and
was done after four innings.

He walked six Tuesday, but calmly worked out of several jams to
win for the first time in five starts -- since beating St. Louis on
July 2. While he is making strides, the right-hander still realizes
he has a long way to go.

"I made some pitches when I had to," he said. "But it was way
to many pitches, way too many walks. I'm frustrated by that. I'll
take it."

Omar Quintanilla, who tripled in the third inning, drove in his
first career run in the fifth with an infield single. First baseman
J.T. Snow made a great stop on the play, then threw to pitcher
Brett Tomko, but he was too slow to the bag.

Holliday followed with a shot to left-center for his ninth
homer. He was selected NL player of the week for July 25-31, the
first such honor of his career.

"He was able to back it up tonight with a big swing of the
bat," Hurdle said.

Holliday felt fortunate to even get the at-bat, since
Quintanilla would have been the third out.

"They left the door open a little for us to be able to cash in
a couple runs," Holliday said.

To start the inning, new Giants catcher Yamid Haad -- called up
Sunday from Triple-A Fresno over the weekend -- dropped a foul popup
by J.D. Closser for an error, and Closser wound up with a triple.

"That's what you call beating yourself," Snow said. "It's
been a very frustrating year, but you keep coming out with a good
attitude and hope to turn things around. We let this one get
away."

Brian Fuentes loaded the bases in the ninth then escaped to earn
his 17th save. He allowed a leadoff double to Pedro Feliz, who
advanced to third on a sacrifice. Pinch-hitter Deivi Cruz popped
up, but Fuentes hit Justin Knoedler and walked Omar Vizquel to load
the bases. He got Randy Winn, who joined the Giants three days
after being acquired in a trade with Seattle, to ground out.

Snow hit a two-run double and added an RBI groundout, but that
was the only run support the struggling Giants could muster for
Tomko in the team's seventh loss in 10 games.

"Talk about a rerun, especially at home," Giants manager
Felipe Alou said of his team's 22-31 record at SBC Park. "Any team
is supposed to be better at home."

Tomko (7-11) allowed eight hits and one earned run in six
innings. He struck out four and walked three for his first loss in
five starts since returning to the rotation July 7 following a
short stint in the bullpen.

Closser hit a second-inning RBI double for the Rockies, who own
the worst road record in baseball at 11-40. They beat the Giants
for the fourth time in 10 meetings this season and earned a road
win against the division for the first time in 13 tries.

"I should have got the ball and sent it somewhere," Fuentes
said.

Larry Bigbie made his debut with the Rockies, batting fifth and
playing right field after being acquired in a trade with Baltimore
on Friday for Eric Byrnes.

San Francisco left fielder Moises Alou left after the second
inning with tightness in his right hamstring. Alou, bothered by the
hamstring in recent weeks, appeared to slow down while going from
first to third on a single by Ray Durham in the second. Trainer
Stan Conte said afterward Alou would be out a few days.

Vizquel tied Larry Bowa for fourth on the all-time list for
games at shortstop with 2,222.

Game notes
Before the game, San Francisco designated popular OF
Marquis Grissom for assignment. The Giants have 10 days to either
trade or release the 38-year-old Grissom, who has been bothered by
a strained left hamstring that sidelined him for more than a month.
The club also placed C Mike Matheny on the bereavement list to be
with his ill grandfather. The team expects Matheny to return to the
team Thursday. San Francisco recalled Knoedler to take Matheny's
roster spot. "There was not a lot of good news here today,"
Felipe Alou said. ... Last week, Holliday batted .444 (12-for-27)
with three homers and eight RBI. ... Colorado recalled RHP Scott
Dohmann from Triple-A Colorado Springs and he took the roster spot
of RHP Aquilino Lopez, claimed off waivers by Philadelphia earlier
Tuesday.