Originally created 06/18/04

Red Sox wipe out Rockies



DENVER -- Derek Lowe pitched four-hit ball for seven innings in the 24th shutout in Coors Field history, and David Ortiz drove in a career-high five runs Thursday to help the Boston Red Sox avoid a sweep with an 11-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Ortiz hit his 14th homer in the seventh and Nomar Garciaparra had three hits for the Red Sox, who won for just the third time in nine road games. The 11 runs matched Boston's total for the first two games of the series.

Lowe (6-5) worked quickly in his 100th career start, allowing three hits and no runners past second base through the first five innings. Colorado had runners on second and third in the sixth, but Lowe got Matt Holliday on a groundout to end the inning.

One of baseball's best groundball pitchers, Lowe allowed just two flyballs and struck out three for his third win in four starts.

Lowe has allowed two runs in 19 innings his past three starts after giving up 19 runs the previous 13 1-3 innings. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth after throwing 93 pitches on a cool, rainy afternoon.

Scott Williamson worked the eighth inning and Lenny DiNardo the ninth to finish the six-hitter, the first shutout at Coors since three Houston pitchers did it last Sept. 18.

A steady rain started falling in the second inning, but it didn't dampen the spirits of another boisterous crowd.

Just like the series' first two games, about half the crowd was filled with Red Sox fans who tried to make their team feel at home in the Mile High City. The cheering started with the first batter and several chants of "Let's go Red Sox!" rang out throughout the game, including twice in the second inning.

Rockies fans did their best to drown out the chants in the second, but couldn't overcome the roar that came a few minutes later when Pokey Reese lined a two-run single up the middle off Aaron Cook (1-2).

Boston's fans started up again in the fifth inning, when Ortiz made it 3-0 with a hard single that shortstop Royce Clayton couldn't handle.

It got even louder in the seventh when Ortiz hit a two-run homer to the second deck in right off Kevin Jarvis to put the Red Sox up 5-0. Ortiz added a two-run double in Boston's three-run eighth, finishing 3-for-5.

Cook had some shaky moments, particularly in the second inning, but worked his way through most of the trouble. He allowed three runs and six hits in five innings after giving up 13 runs in 10 1-3 innings his past two starts.

Cook also struck out a career-high seven.

Notes: Garciaparra was 3-for-5 with a triple after manager Terry Francona decided against giving him the day off. ... Jarvis allowed six runs in one-plus inning in his 2004 Rockies debut. ... Boston's Johnny Damon stole second for the second straight game, giving him eight this season. ... Reese was 2-for-3 after missing two games with a strained toe.