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COL@HOU: Field's single to center plates Pacheco

HOUSTON -- Tommy Field looked into his locker at Minute Maid Park and chuckled at the costume of Yoda, the Star Wars character, which was chosen by his Rockies teammates for him to wear on the flight to San Francisco for the final series of the season.

And that wasn't even the strangest part of his Sunday, or the oddest occurrence this month.

Field singled four times and drove in the first three runs of his Major League career Sunday afternoon, as the Rockies set a club record with 25 hits and scored their most runs in four years in a 19-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

The hits surpassed by two the previous record, May 3, 2000 at home against the Expos and Aug. 3, 2003 at Pittsburgh. The runs were one shy of their record, accomplished three times, and the most since Aug. 8, 2007, at home against the Brewers.

Field wasn't the only one to have a big day. Fellow callup Jordan Pacheco and Ty Wigginton also had four hits apiece. Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered his second career two-homer game while bringing his season total to three, Chris Iannetta homered, and Kouzmanoff and Iannetta each drove in five runs. Kevin Millwood (4-3) hit his second homer since joining the Rockies in August to become the first Rockies pitcher to go deep more than once in a season since Mike Hampton in 2003.

That it occurred on Sunday also brightens a dark area of 2011. The Rockies, who split the four-game series by winning the last two contests, at one point set a modern record by losing on 17 straight and finished the year 6-19 on Sundays. Before Saturday, the Rockies had lost nine straight games.

The amount of production Sunday was rare, even in the history of a team known for hitting. But for Field, 24, it was truly special.

"It's always fun to see your teammates do good things over and over, at-bat after at-bat," said Field, whose first two run-scoring hits came off of Astros starter Lucas Harrell (0-2). "It's good to have your good at-bats mixed in there as well."

Especially since he thought he had put the bats away for the year.

Field completed a strong season at Double-A Tulsa -- .271, 17 home runs, 61 RBIs, 22 doubles and Texas League All-Star status -- and in early September headed home to Waco, Texas, to begin his offseason. But on his way home from his wife's family reunion in Oklahoma City, Rockies front office official Walter Sylvester rang his cellphone and summoned him to the Majors to make his debut on Sept. 11.

"I had no clothes with me or anything like that, so we had to get to Waco, then back up to Dallas [for a flight]," Field said. "I got the call at about 9 o'clock, didn't get a confirmed flight out of Dallas until 11:45, then we left at 3:30 in the morning and was at Coors Field by 9:30 in the morning."

Field is listed at 5-9, an invitation to be tabbed with the Yoda costume on a day when rookies were to dress up -- a cherished baseball tradition. Players jokingly cast flirtatious eyes to baby-faced pitcher Drew Pomeranz as Princess Leia. The event led to odd secenes: veteran Jason Giambi helping snap a bra on catcher Wilin Rosario for his Pincess Leia slave outfit, and hulking relief pitcher Edgmer Escalona wondering if he would fit in the hairy Chewbacca getup.

Manager Jim Tracy said Field -- who played outfield for the first time in his career in Saturday night's 4-2, 13-inning victory over the Astros and fielded a difficult fly ball with the potential winning run at second -- has a chance at a big-league future, despite his Yoda-like size.

"He's an athlete," Tracy said.

Before winning the last two, the Rockies languished because of bad starting pitching and having to field a lineup without Troy Tulowitzki (sore left hip), Todd Helton (sore back), Carlos Gonzalez (bruised right wrist) and Giambi (sore back).

"You treasure these days in baseball, because you know how hard it is day in and day out," Iannetta said. "There are a lot of times when we'd score runs early, then don't score another run. We scored runs early and kept scoring. You didn't know when it was going to end."

Former Rockies infielder Clint Barmes suffered with his Astros teammates.

"It wasn't any fun for any of us in this clubhouse," Barmes said.

Millwood's homer came in the sixth, but his seven innings in which he limited the Astros to one unearned run will be remembered longer. He can only hope the outing is remembered this winter.

Last winter, all Millwood, 36, could manage was a Minor League deal with the Yankees. He couldn't escape Triple-A with the Yankees or the Red Sox and was ready to retire when the Rockies signed him in August. With the exception of giving up seven runs, six earned, in 3 1/3 innings to the Padres in his prevous start, he proved he's still competitive in the Majors.

"To come back out today and put up a strong outing meant a lot to me," Millwood said. "Hopefully, it gets some people thinking about next year."

The big day also was special to Kouzmanoff, 30, who joined the Rockies in a trade with the Athletics this season. Kouzmanoff grew up near Denver and watched some strong offensive Rockies teams while attending Rockies games at Coors Field.

"Cool," he said, smiling. "We pitched, we played defense and we hit." Comments