Rockies win in battle of the basement |

Rockies win in battle of the basement

AP PhotoKansas City Royals' Mark Teahen collides with Colorado Rockies shortstop Desi Relaford, top, after Relaford forced him out at second base on the front end of a double play hit into by John Buck in the third inning Friday in Denver.

DENVER – A pair of bases-loaded walks were the difference in a matchup between the two worst teams in the major leagues.Runelvys Hernandez forced in runs with walks to pitcher Jeff Francis and Eddy Garabito in the second inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Saturday night.

Kansas City dropped to an AL-worst 25-48 with its fifth straight loss. The only major league team with a poorer record is the Rockies at 24-48.Francis (6-5), who had lost three straight starts since beating Cincinnati on June 3, allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked one. He improved to 5-1 with a 3.50 ERA at Coors Field this season and 7-1 with a 3.29 ERA in his career at the hitter-friendly ballpark.Jay Witasick and Brian Fuentes finished with hitless relief, with Fuentes getting his eighth save in 10 chances.

Hernandez (5-8) walked a season-high seven in 5 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and four hits. Kansas City pitchers walked nine in all.Colorado took a 3-0 lead in the second, getting only three hits. Brad Hawpe led off with an infield single to second, Desi Relaford singled and Danny Ardoin walked on four pitches.Francis walked on a 3-2 pitch to force in the first run, Garabito took four straight balls and Garrett Atkins hit a sacrifice fly.

Francis retired 10 straight going into the sixth, then allowed Terrence Long’s sacrifice fly and Justin Huber’s RBI single. Atkins hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth off Mike Wood.Notes: San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees took batting practice before the game. … Emil Brown has a 12-game hitting streak. … The Rockies plan to have RHP Mike DeJean come in for a physical and a bullpen session on Sunday. He was released by the New York Mets on Monday.

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