Sat May 24th 1:55 MT-TV: FOX | Radio: KOA 850
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_______Rockies 19-29 vs Mets 22-24_______

_______Jeff Francis 1-4 5.87 vs Claudio Vargas 0-2 4.76_______

Rockies: Francis, the Rockies' Opening Day starter, finally earned his first win in his ninth trip to the hill Sunday, holding the Twins to two runs on six hits and two walks (one intentional) in 6 1/3 innings. His command was much improved, and he was especially effective with his offspeed stuff, most notably his changeup, which he was able to give some sink at times, and other times have it cut away from left-handers. He gave up leadoff extra-base hits in four of the seven innings he was on the mound and a one-out triple in another inning, stranding all but one of those runners. He only had one multihit inning, with the Twins only runs coming on a leadoff double and a full-count, two-run homer from Justin Morneau.

Mets: Mets manager Willie Randolph pulled Claudio Vargas after just 66 pitches on Tuesday in hopes that he could bring the right-hander back on three days' rest to start against the Rockies. Vargas allowed four runs on five hits in five innings against the Braves, taking the loss, his second in as many starts this season. Vargas also lost May 14 against the Nationals, when he was charged with three hits, two runs and four walks in 6 1/3 innings.

The Rockies have switched their rotation, with right-hander Aaron Cook starting on Sunday afternoon against the Mets and John Maine. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will start for the Rockies on Monday on the road against the Phillies. ... Third baseman Garrett Atkins, whose two-run homer off Mets starter Oliver Perez gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead Friday night, has hit .357 during this homestand.

Carlos Delgado hit his 438th career home run in the sixth Friday night, tying him with Andre Dawson for 35th all-time. ... Luis Castillo has an eight-game hitting streak and is hitting .312 (13-for-41) over his last 12 games. ... Jose Reyes has reached base safely in 23 consecutive games. ... Jose Valentin made his first rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Friday, playing nine innings at shortstop and going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run, and an RBI.

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