Now Commenting On:

Francis fans 10 in Rockies win

Francis fans 10 in Rockies win

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.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español