Rockies build early lead and drub Braves
The Colorado Rockies blueprint for this season included major contributions from, and . They’ve all had their troubles but joined forces to help the Rockies wallop the Atlanta Braves 12-3.
The win was the first in six games with the Braves, broke the Rockies three-game losing streak and kept them from sliding seven games below .500 for the first time this season. Tulowitzki, who went 3-for-4, hit a three-run homer in the first off Brandon Beachy, who lasted 4 2/3 innings in his first appearance against the Rockies. Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the second, and Jimenez pitched into the seventh as he won his third straight start.
Jimenez gave up two runs, solo homers by Dan Uggla, in 6 2/3 innings, and tied his season-high with nine strikeouts. He threw a season-high 120 piitches. In his past 10 starts dating from June 1, Jimenez is 6-3, 2.58 (66 1/3 innings, 19 earned runs) with 15 walks and 63 strikeouts.
The Rockies added a run in the third when Tulowitzki andbegan the inning with back-to-back doubles. Colorado broke the game open with a four-run sixth. Smith, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI, tripled home the first run, and , who went 3-for-4, hit a bases-loaded triple.
A two-run seventh completed the Rockies scoring., who extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double in the first, led off with a walk, his second of the game and the 10th issued by the Braves. Tulowitzki sent Helton to third with a single, and Smith followed with a sacrifice fly. ‘s two-out double scored Tulowitzki.
_ Helton’s double was his 19th this season and No. 546 in his career. He’s one behind Manny Ramirez (547), who is 23rd all-time. After Ramirez, the climb up the all-time list will get a little steeper for Helton. Hall of Famer Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent are tied for 22nd with 560 doubles.
_ His two walks gave Helton 1,240 in his career. He’s three behind Willie Randolph (1,243), who is 50th all-time. Just ahead of Randolph is Hall of Famer Ty Cobb, who ranks 49th with 1,249 walks.
_ Gonzalez’s homer was his first since July 3 when he homered in the sixth inning against the Royals and one inning later, suffered a deep bone bruise in his right wrist when he crashed into the wall at Coors Field while making a catch.
_ Smith and Fowler are tied for the club lead with six triples. The six triples are a career-high for Smith, who had five last year. He has hit in seven straight games, one short of his career-high. Smith hit safely in eight consecutive games from July 10-20, 2009.
_ Fowler’s three RBI are a season-high and matched his career-high. This was his fourth game with three RBI and first since Sept. 2 against Philadelphia. He went 3-for-4 and tied his season-high with his second three-hit game. The other was May 5 at Arizona.