There was a nostalgic feel to the Rockies' clubhouse. Music played loudly, Flo Rida's "Whistle" leaving a few players smiling. Vinny Castilla made the trip. And he's straight old school. Over near the corner was Jeff Francis, the ace of the 2007 World Series team.

He's pitching as well now as he did that season. His terrific six-inning performance, amplified by the restraints of the four-man rotation, shoved the Rockies to a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Since Francis rejoined the team on June 9, the Rockies are 8-2 in his games and 5-25 when anyone else starts.