Helton, Tulo lead Rockies to first road series win since April
Aided by big days fromand , the Colorado Rockies finished their West Coast swing with a 5-3 win against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
The Rockies took two of three from the Padres, their first series win since sweep a two-game series at home against the San Francisco Giants on May 16-17, their first road series win since taking a two-game series from the Cubs in Chicago on April 25-26 and their first three-game series win since taking two of three from the Cubs at home April 15-17. On the nine-game road trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, the Rockies scored just 18 runs but managed to go 4-5.
Rockies hitters reached double figures in hits for the first time since producing 14 hits but just one run in the first game of the road trip. A combined seven hits for Helton and Tulowitzki accounted for the bulk of the offense.
- Helton produced the Rockies’ first run with a solo home run in the third inning that tied the game at 1-1. The Rockies added another run in the inning with consecutive singles by Tulowitzki, and .
- Helton and Tulowitzki combined to add on in the fifth inning. Helton doubled with one out and Tulowitzki singled to bring him home and put the Rockies up 3-1.
- Tulowitzki drove in the Rockies’ final runs in the ninth. With the game tied at 3-3 and Padres closer Heath Bell in the game, started the inning with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by . Helton was intentionally walked, and both Gonzalez and Helton moved up a base on a wild pitch. Tulowitzki, who was 0-for-14 with three walks in his career against Bell coming in to the game, doubled to right to score both runs.
Helton finished 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, a walk, three runs and an RBI Tulowitzki was 3-for-4 with a double, a run and three RBI. In all the Rockies produced 12 hits, including the first major league hit for.
was solid at times in his return from the disabled list. He allowed six hits and walked four in 5 2/3 innings, but only had trouble in two innings — the second, when he gave up a run on three hits, and the sixth, when he gave up a walk and a single and allowed a crucial run to score on a wild pitch. , who gave up two hits and was helped out by a play at home in the eighth, picked up the win. recorded his 17th save.