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Lopez, Holliday power Rockies over division-foe Diamondbacks

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DENVER -- Rodrigo Lopez turned to the power of positive thinking as he tried to forget about last season and his major league-leading 18 losses.

All offseason, he concentrated on one thing: winning.

"My mind-set was get a win," the Rockies pitcher said.

The approach worked as Lopez yielded six hits in seven innings for his first victory since last Aug. 17 as Colorado beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-4 on Wednesday.

Matt Holliday backed him with four hits, including his first home run of the season, and four RBI.

Lopez's confidence needed a boost in his Rockies debut after he lost his final six decisions last year. Acquired from Baltimore in January for two minor league pitchers, Lopez (1-0) viewed the trade as a new beginning, and he gave up two runs -- one earned -- struck out five and walked none.

"I know I'm capable of doing this," said Lopez, who threw just 76 pitches. "Being on a different field, in a different uniform, your mind is fresh. You forget about what you've done in the past. You want to be here."

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle never would've guessed this was a pitcher who struggled so much last season that he was moved to the bullpen.

"He pitched very well," Hurdle said. "Big first step for him."

Holliday provided all the offense Lopez would need. He had an RBI double in the first, hit a homer in the seventh off Juan Cruz and added a two-run single in the eighth.

After going 0-for-5 in Monday's opener, Holliday had two hits Tuesday night before the big day Wednesday.

"I wasn't changing my approach or anything like that," Holliday said. "I just had one bad game."

Colorado led 4-2 before breaking open the game with seven runs in the eighth off J.D. Durbin, who gave up seven hits in his first big league appearance since Sept. 23, 2004. He left with a season ERA of 94.50.

"I think it's a tribute to a bunch of good hitters, and if you've got a pitcher not making his pitches, this lineup can hurt you," Holliday said.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin couldn't believe what he saw in the eighth.

"We were kicking it around, throwing it around and just not playing very well, and it got out of hand at the end," he said.

Yorvit Torrealba and Jamey Carroll each had three hits and Garrett Atkins and Todd Helton added two hits apiece. Helton also drove in two runs.

Doug Davis (0-1) made his Arizona debut and allowed three first-inning runs -- all unearned due to two errors by first baseman Conor Jackson. Davis lasted five innings, allowing eight hits and five walks with six strikeouts.

"The bottom line was I got outpitched," Davis said. "The five walks are inexcusable. It can't happen again."

Eric Byrnes led off the second with a home run that hugged the left-field foul pole. Byrnes had two hits and finished the three-game series with seven hits and four RBI.

After Carroll drew a one-out walk in the first, Davis had him picked off first base. But when Jackson ran at Carroll in the middle of the basepath, Carroll crouched down and Jackson sailed by, missing the tag. Carroll scampered back to first.

Jackson also lobbed the ball over the head of third baseman Chad Tracy after cutting off a throw home on Helton's RBI single to center, allowing another run to score.

"You don't win many games playing defense like that," Melvin said.

Lopez knows he'll win plenty more games if he pitches the way he did Wednesday, keeping the ball low and mixing his sinker and cutter.

"I feel pretty good about myself," he said.


Colorado's Jeff Baker had a double in the eighth for his third consecutive pinch-hit of the season. ... Reliever Jeremy Affeldt rolled both ankles warming up on the mound in the ninth and faced one batter. "I think he rolled the one planting and in trying to set himself rolled the other one," Clint said with a grin. "It's a left-handed thing."

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Rodrigo Lopez yields one earned run over seven innings for his first victory since last August.  (AP)
Rodrigo Lopez yields one earned run over seven innings for his first victory since last August. (AP)

Players of the Game

E. Byrnes
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

M. Holliday
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1

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Arizona Diamondbacks
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Alberto Callaspo, RF4010001 .500
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110001 .385
Eric Byrnes, CF4121011 .500
Chad Tracy, 3B3010011 .182
   a- Brian Barden, PH1000000 .000
Conor Jackson, 1B2001000 .182
   b- Robby Hammock, PH11100001.000
Scott Hairston, LF4110001 .308
Miguel Montero, C4021000 .500
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    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   d- Chris Young, PH1001000 .100
a-grounded out for Tracy in the 9th
b-singled for Jackson in the 9th
c-struck out for Nippert in the 7th
d-hit into fielder's choice for Medders in the 9th
2B - Eric Byrnes (2, Lopez), Scott Hairston (2, Buchholz)
HR - Eric Byrnes (1, Lopez)
SF - Conor Jackson (1)
RBI - Eric Byrnes (4), Conor Jackson (2), Miguel Montero (1), Chris Young (1)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Hudson-Jackson
PB - Miguel Montero (1)
E - Conor Jackson 2 (2, Missed catch of throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Juan Cruz 1111121 6.75
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Brandon Medders 0.1100100 6.75
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 6-2, Dustin Nippert 1-2, J.D. Durbin 1-0, Brandon Medders 1-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 27, Dustin Nippert 4, Juan Cruz 5, J.D. Durbin 10, Brandon Medders 3
Colorado Rockies
Steve Finley, CF6011000 .143
Jamey Carroll, 2B4230200 .750
Garrett Atkins, 3B4220211 .214
Todd Helton, 1B5222106 .417
Matt Holliday, LF5244000 .400
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF3111212 .417
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5010046 .267
Yorvit Torrealba, C5131013 .600
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   a- John Mabry, PH1000001 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Baker, PH-LF11110001.000
a-fouled out for Lopez in the 7th
b-doubled for Hawkins in the 8th
2B - Jamey Carroll (1, Medders), Todd Helton (2, Durbin), Matt Holliday (1, Davis), Brad Hawpe (1, Durbin), Jeff Baker (1, Durbin)
HR - Matt Holliday (1, Cruz)
RBI - Steve Finley (1), Todd Helton 2 (2), Matt Holliday 4 (5), Brad Hawpe (3), Yorvit Torrealba (1), Jeff Baker (2)
2-OUT RBI - Steve Finley (1), Yorvit Torrealba (1), Jeff Baker (1)
CS - Jamey Carroll (1, 2nd base by Davis/Montero)
Team LOB - 14
DP - Atkins-Carroll-Helton
E - Jamey Carroll (1, (Missed tag))
Colorado Rockies
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LaTroy Hawkins (H,1) 1100010 10.13
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1000000 0.00
Taylor Buchholz 0.2322010 27.00
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 76-48, LaTroy Hawkins 18-13, Jeremy Affeldt 4-2, Taylor Buchholz 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 6-10, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Taylor Buchholz 1-0
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 27, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Taylor Buchholz 5
Game Information
Attendance - 19352
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 45
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Field Culbreth