Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 3

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 7/2)

Game 1: Friday, July 2
in 10
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
Game 3: Sunday, July 4

Tigers 8

(37-41, 16-22 away)

Rockies 9

(29-49, 18-21 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 2, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: S. Chacon (1-5)

    L: J. Walker (1-3)

    Two bunt singles in 10th beat Tigers

    DENVER (AP) -- With the seats filled for postgame fireworks, the Colorado Rockies started the show early.

    Expect anything less at Coors Field?

    Charles Johnson's three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning tied the game, and Colorado scored twice in the 10th on bunt singles, snapping a five-game losing streak Friday night with a wild 9-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

    "You don't see an end like that very often," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

    The Tigers sure thought they had it won -- twice.

    Detroit led 7-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but closer Ugueth Urbina gave up a single to Todd Helton and walked Larry Walker. Urbina struck out Preston Wilson and pinch-hitter Kit Pellow, but Johnson followed with his 11th homer to hand Urbina his second blown save in 13 chances.

    "It was a big hit to tie it up and we have been in need of big hits," Johnson said.

    Detroit came up with one of its own in the top of the 10th.

    Shawn Chacon (1-5) got ahead of leadoff hitter Marcus Thames 0-2, but left a slider up in the zone. Thames jumped on it, hitting it over the left-field fence for his first homer since last July 17 with Texas at Tampa Bay.

    But the Rockies wouldn't go down easily.

    Detroit brought in Jamie Walker (1-3), and Matt Holliday opened the inning with a double down the line in left. Aaron Miles followed with a bunt single and Holliday scored when third baseman Jason Smith's throw sailed into right for an error.

    Royce Clayton dropped a bunt to nearly the same spot, then collided with second baseman Omar Infante as the ball hit him in the back. Miles crossed the plate for the winning run as Infante rolled around in pain on the infield dirt with a hyperextended ankle.

    "You come in knowing you're in for a battle here," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We had a shot. We should have won that ballgame."

    Colorado had a rare sellout because of the fireworks, but didn't give the fans much to cheer about until the late innings.

    The Rockies scored two runs in the first off Jeremy Bonderman on Miles' leadoff homer and Larry Walker's double, then got another in the third on Helton's run-scoring single to left.

    Colorado didn't score again until Holliday hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to make it 7-4. But unlike the night before, when they rallied with five runs in the eighth inning before losing to Milwaukee 10-9, the Rockies finished this one off.

    "We've been fighting," said Miles, who went 3-for-6 and scored three runs. "We played a great game yesterday to come back and nobody has given up here."

    Detroit got a run in the first inning on Ivan Rodriguez's groundout, then got three more in the sixth off Joe Kennedy on Craig Monroe's two-run double and a wild pitch.

    Carlos Guillen made it 6-3 in the seventh with a two-run double, and Infante added an RBI single in the eighth to put the Tigers up by four.

    It should have been enough for a team that's already within six games of its win total of a year ago, but the Tigers are still young and still learning.

    "We are inconsistent," Trammell said. "Here was a game we should have won. If we were further ahead and further advanced we probably would have. These games are part of the growing pains."

    Game notes

    NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups, a Denver native, threw out the first pitch. ... Kennedy tied teammate Jeff Fassero and Milwaukee's Doug Davis for the NL lead with his fourth pickoff when he nabbed Rondell White at first base in the second inning. ... Wilson was 0-for-5 and is 4-for-43 since coming off the DL on June 18. ... Colorado 3B Vinny Castilla didn't start because he was attending to a personal matter. ... Detroit OF Alex Sanchez was 2-for-5 after missing five games with a sore hamstring. ... Trammell said he didn't think Infante's injury was serious.

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