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Holliday hits walk-off HR in 11th; Tulowitzki gets triple play

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DENVER -- Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left nothing to chance for his shot at pulling off an unassisted triple play against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Kelly Johnson and Edgar Renteria singled for Atlanta in the seventh and were running on a 3-2 pitch when Tulowitzki caught Chipper Jones' line drive behind second base. The rookie stepped on the bag to double up Johnson and then tagged Renteria for the third out.

"It's amazing," Tulowitzki said. "It kind of just fell in my lap."

The Rockies avoided the sweep when Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning for a 9-7 victory.

Apparently unsure if he had completed the play properly, Tulowitzki went back and touched second again, then threw to first. Nothing to worry about -- the inning was already over.

It was the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history and first since Rafael Furcal did it for the Braves on Sept. 10, 2003, against the Cardinals.

It also was the second triple play in the Rockies' 13-year history. The first happened April 10, 2003, against St. Louis.

Philadelphia turned the only other triple play in the majors this season against Cincinnati on April 21.

With one out in the 11th, Steve Colyer (0-1) walked Todd Helton, who set a club record with five. Holliday then drilled a 2-2 fastball over the fence in center field.

Holliday was hitless in his first four at-bats including grounding into two double plays. He had an infield RBI single in the ninth.

"You have stay on the fastball with him," Holliday said. "In the back of your mind, you know he uses his off speed, but you can't come off the fastball against a guy throwing that kind of velocity."

Colyer could only shrug his shoulders.

"This time he beat me," Colyer said. "I thought I located the pitch low enough, right at the knee, and he went down and got it."

Denny Bautista (1-0) worked a scoreless 11th for the win.

"I haven't had time to file this one away," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We needed the win like a hog needs slop.

"We had a lot of people out there throwing different things out there, we had an unassisted triple play, a couple of big double plays, some big hits, a ninth-inning rally to tie it up, Bautista gets the win after just getting here today."

Scott Thorman homered and drove in a career-best four runs with a career-best four hits for the Braves.

Thorman was 4-for-4 with his second homer of the year and an intentional walk. He had a two-run single in the three-run sixth inning when the Braves tied the game at 5-5.

"I was in my comfort zone today," Thorman said. "I went up looking for pitches and got the pitches I was looking for.

Kyle Davies gave up four runs on five hits over four innings and is winless in six starts over two seasons. His last win came Sept. 18, 2006.

Trailing 5-2, Atlanta tied it at 5-5 in the sixth inning when Thorman followed hits by Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones with a two-run single to right. Ryan Langerhans drove in a run with a deep fly to center.

Jeff Francoeur doubled to right, but Jamey Carroll's relay throw got Andruw Jones at the plate. After Manuel Corpas intentionally walked Thorman, third baseman Garrett Atkins misplayed Brayan Pena's grounder, allowing Francoeur to score from third and give the Braves a 6-5 lead.

The Braves added a run in the ninth on a one-out RBI single by Renteria.

But closer Bob Wickman couldn't hold the 7-5 lead as he walked Willy Taveras and Tulowitzki to start the Colorado ninth. One out later, Helton walked to load the bases. Holliday drove in a run with an infield single and Tulowitzki scored on Brad Hawpe's ground out.

"There has to be a concern when you walk that many people," Wickman said about his blown save. "I couldn't get the ball to the plate."

Colorado starter Aaron Cook went six innings, giving up five runs and nine hits. He hasn't won since beating San Diego on Aug. 27, 2006.

Thorman hit an opposite field home run to left with two outs to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Taveras slapped a single to right with the bases loaded to score two runs and Tulowitzki tripled past third base to drive in two more in the Colorado second inning to make it 4-1.

Andruw Jones doubled into the corner in left with one out in the fourth inning. One out later, Thorman drove him in with a single to right. Hawpe homered to right, his first of the year, off Oscar Villarreal in the fifth inning to make it 5-2.

"Thorman played great today and we can't play much better than we played today," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "I thought we had a great game going."

Notes

  • Langerhans, who snapped an 0-for-29 skid with a third-inning double, was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
  • RHP Tim Hudson and Josh Hancock were college teammates at Auburn.
  • Colorado RHP Rodrigo Lopez threw off a mound for the first time since going on the DL April 19.
  • Holliday has a 12-game hitting streak.
  • Atlanta called up OF Willie Harris from Triple-A Richmond.
 
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Matt Holliday ignites the crowd at Coors Field with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning.  (US Presswire)
Matt Holliday ignites the crowd at Coors Field with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

S. Thorman
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B5120111 .321
Edgar Renteria, SS6021002 .340
Chipper Jones, 3B6110014 .309
    Steve Colyer, P0000000 .000
Andruw Jones, CF4120101 .250
Jeff Francoeur, RF5220003 .298
Scott Thorman, 1B4244100 .292
Brayan Pena, C5020000 .263
Ryan Langerhans, LF3011003 .068
   a- Matt Diaz, PH-LF1000000 .259
Kyle Davies, P1000001 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .222
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   c- Brian McCann, PH1000001 .291
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   d- Craig Wilson, PH1000010 .170
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   e- Chris Woodward, PH-3B1000000 .240
Totals44716633  
a-flied out for Langerhans in the 10th
b-grounded out for Davies in the 5th
c-flied out for Villarreal in the 6th
d-struck out for Soriano in the 9th
e-lined out for Yates in the 11th
Batting
2B - Andruw Jones (9, Cook), Jeff Francoeur 2 (8, Cook, Corpas), Scott Thorman (4, Fuentes), Ryan Langerhans (1, Cook)
3B - Kelly Johnson (2, Martin)
HR - Scott Thorman (3, Cook)
SF - Ryan Langerhans (1)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (17), Scott Thorman 4 (11), Ryan Langerhans (1)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Thorman 2 (7)
SB - Edgar Renteria (2, 2nd base off Martin/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Johnson-Thorman, Johnson-Renteria-Thorman, Jones-Johnson-Thorman
E - Jeff Francoeur (2, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Kyle Davies 4544540 6.75
Oscar Villarreal 1111111 4.76
Peter Moylan 2000200 2.89
Rafael Soriano (H,5) 1000120 4.38
Bob Wickman (BS,2) 0.2122300 3.97
Tyler Yates 1.1000010 3.97
Steve Colyer (L,0-1) 0.1122111 6.75
HBP - Tulowitzki (by Peter Moylan), Iannetta (by Bob Wickman)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 93-49, Oscar Villarreal 14-7, Peter Moylan 24-10, Rafael Soriano 24-14, Bob Wickman 24-10, Tyler Yates 11-8, Steve Colyer 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 3-4, Oscar Villarreal 1-0, Peter Moylan 3-1, Bob Wickman 1-1, Tyler Yates 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 21, Oscar Villarreal 4, Peter Moylan 7, Rafael Soriano 4, Bob Wickman 7, Tyler Yates 4, Steve Colyer 3
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4212201 .268
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4112100 .205
Garrett Atkins, 3B6010024 .261
Todd Helton, 1B1110500 .390
Matt Holliday, LF6123016 .394
Brad Hawpe, RF4222100 .256
Chris Iannetta, C2100211 .158
Jamey Carroll, 2B2100101 .183
   a- John Mabry, PH1000011 .174
    Clint Barmes, 2B1000003 .100
Aaron Cook, P2000024 .222
   b- Steve Finley, PH0000100 .156
    Zach McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
   c- Jeff Baker, PH1000011 .242
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Keppel, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
   d- Yorvit Torrealba, PH1000010 .269
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .000
Totals35989139  
a-struck out for Carroll in the 8th
b-walked for Cook in the 6th
c-struck out for Corpas in the 8th
d-struck out for Fuentes in the 10th
Batting
3B - Troy Tulowitzki (2, Davies)
HR - Matt Holliday (3, Colyer), Brad Hawpe (1, Villarreal)
RBI - Willy Taveras 2 (4), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (10), Matt Holliday 3 (18), Brad Hawpe 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe (7)
SB - Willy Taveras (6, 2nd base off Wickman/B. Pena)
CS - Willy Taveras (4, 2nd base by Davies/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1
DP - Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton, Helton-Tulowitzki
E - Garrett Atkins (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 6955021 3.83
Zach McClellan 1200000 3.86
Manuel Corpas 1210100 0.66
Tom Martin 0.2211010 4.50
Bobby Keppel 0.1000100 11.25
Brian Fuentes 1100000 3.75
Denny Bautista (W,1-0) 1000100 0.00
IBB - Thorman by Manuel Corpas
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 75-49, Zach McClellan 15-8, Manuel Corpas 12-5, Tom Martin 18-9, Bobby Keppel 8-3, Brian Fuentes 9-7, Denny Bautista 12-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 11-5, Manuel Corpas 2-0, Tom Martin 1-0, Denny Bautista 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 27, Zach McClellan 3, Manuel Corpas 5, Tom Martin 4, Bobby Keppel 2, Brian Fuentes 3, Denny Bautista 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31445
Game Time - 3:40
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings