Helton’s first two-homer game since ’07 lifts Rockies
The Colorado Rockies gaveand the night off Tuesday and stacked right-handed hitters against Chicago Cubs left-hander James Russell, who entered his start Tuesday having held lefties to a .111 average while righties were hitting .469 against him. Yet it was , one of two left-handed hitters left in the lineup (the other was pitcher ) who did most of the damage in the Rockies’ 4-3 win, slugging two solo home runs against Russell.
Helton’s first home run put the Rockies up 1-0 in the first inning. After the Rockies fell behind 2-1 in the bottom of the inning, they added single runs in the third and fourth on a Troy Tulowtizki RBI double and a solo home run byto retake the lead. Helton capped the Rockies’ scoring in the fifth inning with his second home run, which chased Russell from the game.
It was Helton’s first multihomer game since Aug. 7, 2007, when he hit two home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field, and his first multihomer game on the road since May 10, 2002, when he hit two against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. With the two-hit night, Helton is now hitting .317 with three home runs and 10 RBI.
In all, the Rockies produced nine hits, the most in any game on their current road trip. In addition to Helton’s two home runs, Wigginton added three hits, including a his solo run home run and a double; Tulowtizki had two hits, including his RBI double; andadded two singles.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (4-0, 2.61) didn’t need much help. After allowing two runs in the first — one an unearned run that scored on Tulowitzki’s second error of the season — De La Rosa settled in and allowed just three hits after the first inning. He walked no one, struck out a season-high nine and pitched seven innings for the second consecutive start.
picked up his ninth save, but allowed a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, the first run he has allowed since April 14 against the New York Mets. With the win over the Cubs, the Rockies clinch a third road series win among the four they have played this season. The Rockies also won their 10th game on the road, something they didn’t so until May 22 in 2010.