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06/12/08 9:13 PM ET

Durham reaches 2,000-hit milestone

Second baseman hits fourth-inning single off Rox's Reynolds

DENVER -- Although Father's Day is approaching, Ray Durham had his mother, Alberta, in mind after he collected his 2,000th career hit in the Giants' 10-7 victory Thursday over the Colorado Rockies.

Durham, who who became the 22nd second baseman in Major League history to reach the 2,000-hit mark, described his mom as a particularly zealous fan.

"I'm glad she wasn't in the stands," he said. "She might have been on the field."

The 14-year veteran still plans to give his mother a fitting memento: The ball he stroked up the middle for his milestone single. It came with one out in the fourth inning on a 1-0 pitch from Rockies starter Greg Reynolds.

It wasn't just an ordinary hit, either. Durham, who singled one inning earlier, drove in two runs with No. 2,000, providing some key offense as the Giants fended off the comeback-minded Rockies.

Long known for his offensive prowess, Durham has rebounded nicely from hitting a career-worst .218 last year. He owns a .305 average, including .405 (15-for-37) in June.

Observers, said Durham, "were wondering what happened. Of course, I was, too. But that's the game of baseball. This is probably the only sport where you can be terrible and come back the next day and redeem yourself."

A fellow veteran, infielder Rich Aurilia, paid tribute to Durham.

"He's old," Aurilia said, summarizing the significance of Durham's feat. Turning serious, Aurilia added, "It's nice to see. After last year, everybody wrote him off. But sometimes guys have bad years. It happens."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.