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09/18/07 5:51 PM ET
Francis fans 10 in Rockies win
Left-hander picks up 16th win in first game of twin bill
By C.J. Moore / MLB.com
DENVER -- Jeff Francis had a career-high 10 strikeout in the Rockies' 3-1 victory in Game 1 of Tuesday's split doubleheader with the Dodgers at Coors Field. The Rockies picked up a game on the Dodgers in the National League West standings and trail the division-leading Padres by 4 1/2 games with 12 remaining, including Tuesday's nightcap. Cory Sullivan smacked two doubles and scored the Rockies' first two runs. Matt Holliday drove in his National League-leading 123rd run with a single in the fourth, and first baseman Todd Helton drove in a run with a single in the sixth. Joe Koshansky had a pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh, his first big league hit. The Dodgers made it a one-run game in the seventh on a pinch-hit homer from Olmedo Saenz, the lone run surrendered by Francis in his 6 2/3 innings. Francis set his career record against his final batter when he struck out Juan Pierre. It was the most strikeouts by a Rockies pitcher in the last 661 games, dating back to Aug. 8, 2003 when Jason Jennings struck out 10 against the Giants at Coors Field in a 6-1 victory. Francis (16-8) needs one victory to tie the club record for wins in a season with Kevin Ritz (1996) and Pedro Astacio (1999).
C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.