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Washington0020501019170
Colorado «22301050x13120

Rockies 13, Nationals 9

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Todd Helton was due.

Hitless in his 10 previous plate appearances, Helton connected for a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning Sunday to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 13-9 victory over the Washington Nationals and a sweep of their season series.

"It felt like a long time since I put a good swing on a ball," Helton said.

Matt Holliday homered and drove in three runs to help the Rockies outslug Washington. Helton broke an 8-all tie with his fourth career slam.

"Todd needed it," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "The team needed it on a day when pitchers couldn't find their control and couldn't get people out."

Garrett Atkins also connected and Kaz Matsui added three RBI for the Rockies, who won all eight meetings with Washington this year -- the first time they've swept a season series from an NL opponent in their 14-year history. Plus, Colorado matched its 2006 total of 67 wins.

Holliday finished 3-for-5 with his 28th home run of the year. Jose Mesa (1-5) retired the only batter he faced in the seventh to earn the win.

Alfonso Soriano got four hits and Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-4 with two RBI for Washington. Nook Logan homered, tripled and had a career-high three RBI.

"What is there to explain about this one?" Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "You know you're not going to win ballgames when you don't play well defensively and you don't get good pitching."

With the score tied at eight in the seventh, the Rockies loaded the bases against Chris Schroder (0-2). Helton then hit a 2-0 pitch into the Colorado bullpen in right.

"I got all of it," he said. "I can't remember the last time I had a no-doubter like that."

Schroder shrugged his shoulders when asked about the location of the pitch.

"I wanted the fastball to get in on him," he said. "I left it over the middle."

Atkins homered on the first pitch he saw to make it 13-8.

After Soriano hit an RBI single off Ray King in the ninth, Brian Fuentes retired Felipe Lopez with two on for his 25th save in 30 chances.

The Rockies built a 4-0 lead after two innings. Holliday hit a two-run homer in the first and Matsui slapped a two-run double to right in the second.

The Nationals got five straight hits to start the third, including Logan's first home run of the year, but managed only two runs. Zimmerman had an RBI single.

Washington starter Pedro Astacio didn't make it out of the third.

Jeff Francis didn't get an out in the fifth, and Washington scored five times to tie the score at 7.

"I got a big lead and couldn't make pitches," said Francis, who was touched for six runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings. "I didn't deserve to win anything."

Colorado regained the lead in the fifth on Chris Iannetta's run-scoring single. The Nationals tied it again in the seventh on Logan's triple to left off Justin Hampson.

Notes

Astacio gave up six runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. He is winless in his last four starts. ... Former Washington 2B Jamey Carroll was out of Colorado's starting lineup. Carroll was 14-for-31 in seven games against the Nationals in 2006. ... The Rockies placed C Yorvit Torrealba on the 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of C Alvin Colina from Double-A Tulsa. ... The Rockies outscored Washington 78-41 this season.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

N. Logan
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF6141000
Felipe Lopez, SS6131003
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5142001
Nick Johnson, 1B4100025
Austin Kearns, RF4100135
    Chad Cordero, P0000000
Brandon Harper, C2010003
   a- Brian Schneider, PH-C2011110
Bernie Castro, 2B5101002
Nook Logan, CF3223100
Pedro Astacio, P1110000
    Beltran Perez, P0000000
   b- George Lombard, PH1000000
    Felix Rodriguez, P0000000
   c- Jose Vidro, PH1000001
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000
   d- Henry Mateo, PH1000001
    Chris Schroder, P0000000
    Chris Booker, P0000000
    Robert Fick, RF1010000
Totals4291793621 
a-walked for Harper in the 5th
b-grounded out for Perez in the 4th
c-grounded out for F. Rodriguez in the 5th
d-grounded out for Rauch in the 7th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (, Hampson), Ryan Zimmerman (, Francis)
3B - Nook Logan (, Hampson)
HR - Nook Logan (, Francis)
SF - Nook Logan ()
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (), Felipe Lopez (), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (), Brian Schneider (), Bernie Castro (), Nook Logan 3 ()
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (), Nook Logan ()
SB - Alfonso Soriano (, 2nd base off Francis/Iannetta), Felipe Lopez (, 2nd base off Francis/Iannetta), Bernie Castro (, 2nd base off Hampson/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Austin Kearns 1
Washington Nationals
Pedro Astacio 2.1566111
Beltran Perez 0.2211200
Felix Rodriguez 1000000
Ryan Wagner 1211110
Jon Rauch 1000110
Chris Schroder (L,-) 0.2355222
Chris Booker 0.1000010
Chad Cordero 1000110
IBB - Iannetta by Beltran Perez
HBP - Barmes (by Pedro Astacio), Iannetta (by Chris Schroder)
WP - Ryan Wagner ()
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Astacio 44-30, Beltran Perez 14-4, Felix Rodriguez 10-6, Ryan Wagner 23-12, Jon Rauch 17-11, Chris Schroder 32-16, Chris Booker 4-3, Chad Cordero 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Astacio 1-5, Ryan Wagner 1-1, Jon Rauch 1-1
Batters Faced - Pedro Astacio 14, Beltran Perez 5, Felix Rodriguez 3, Ryan Wagner 6, Jon Rauch 4, Chris Schroder 8, Chris Booker 1, Chad Cordero 4
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B4123102
Todd Helton, 1B4114101
Garrett Atkins, 3B4321101
Matt Holliday, LF5233011
Jeff Baker, RF4000022
    Jose Mesa, P0000000
   a- Choo Freeman, PH1000011
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000
    Ray King, P0000000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000
Jeff Salazar, CF3211210
Clint Barmes, SS3210102
Chris Iannetta, C3221111
Jeff Francis, P0000100
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000
   b- Brad Hawpe, PH1000002
    Justin Hampson, P0000000
    Ryan Spilborghs, RF2000013
Totals341312138716 
a-struck out for Mesa in the 7th
b-flied out for Ramirez in the 5th
Batting
2B - Kaz Matsui (, Astacio), Garrett Atkins (, Astacio), Matt Holliday (, Astacio), Jeff Salazar (, Perez)
HR - Todd Helton (, Schroder), Garrett Atkins (, Schroder), Matt Holliday (, Astacio)
SH - Jeff Francis ()
RBI - Kaz Matsui 3 (), Todd Helton 4 (), Garrett Atkins (), Matt Holliday 3 (), Jeff Salazar (), Chris Iannetta ()
2-OUT RBI - Kaz Matsui 3 (), Todd Helton 4 (), Garrett Atkins (), Matt Holliday 2 ()
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Matsui-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 41066021
Ramon Ramirez 1011200
Justin Hampson (BS,) 1.2311020
Jose Mesa (W,-) 0.1000000
Manuel Corpas 1200010
Ray King 0.2211110
Brian Fuentes (S,) 0.1000000
HBP - N. Johnson (by Jeff Francis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 81-53, Ramon Ramirez 21-9, Justin Hampson 31-19, Jose Mesa 3-2, Manuel Corpas 14-10, Ray King 19-10, Brian Fuentes 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 7-2, Ramon Ramirez 2-1, Justin Hampson 2-1, Jose Mesa 1-0, Manuel Corpas 2-0, Ray King 1-0, Brian Fuentes 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 22, Ramon Ramirez 5, Justin Hampson 8, Jose Mesa 1, Manuel Corpas 5, Ray King 5, Brian Fuentes 1
Game Information
Attendance - 18647
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Travis Reininger