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Rockies out of Midwest misery thanks to rookie Tulowitzki

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- A rookie led the Colorado Rockies out of their Midwest misery.

Troy Tulowitzki's two-out single snapped an 11th-inning tie and gave the Rockies a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, Colorado's first victory in Ohio since the 2004 season.

The Rockies had lost their last 12 games in the Buckeye state, where every game seems to take a bizarre turn and then turn out badly.

"It feels like every time we come here, it goes extra innings and we never seem to win those," said Todd Helton, who hit a two-run homer.

For once, they did.

Colorado overcame Ken Griffey Jr.'s 567th career homer and another bullpen meltdown for the rare Ohio victory. Since the start of the 2002 season, the Rockies are 4-19 in the state, including 3-11 at Great American Ball Park.

"It's encouraging, but we'll see how we do tomorrow," manager Clint Hurdle said. "You've got to build some momentum. One game can help, but you've got to back it up with something good tomorrow."

Willy Taveras doubled with two outs in the 11th off left-hander Mike Stanton (1-2), who has taken losses in his last two appearances. Colorado's rookie shortstop then drove him home with a single to right off David Weathers.

In that pressure-filled moment, he didn't look like a rookie.

"I don't know what it is, but I seemed relaxed, and it has been like that the whole year," Tulowitzki said. "When the game has been on the line in a late inning and a big at-bat, I seem more relaxed. I wish I could do that in every at-bat."

Helton was impressed.

"He's going against a veteran pitcher there," Helton said. "That's a huge hit in that situation. He's unflappable."

Denny Bautista (2-0) overpowered the Reds with 98 mph fastballs during his one inning in relief. Left-hander Brian Fuentes pitched the 11th for his sixth save in seven chances.

Colorado prevailed in a matchup of two of the NL's worst bullpens. The Rockies blew a seventh-inning lead, the 25th time in 29 games that their relievers have given up at least one run.

Cincinnati's bullpen has the NL's worst earned run average, even though general manager Wayne Krivsky has spent much of his time trying to overhaul it.

Stanton, who gave up a pair of eighth-inning singles that set up a 7-5 loss in Houston on Thursday night, retired four in a row before Taveras doubled off the wall in left field to set up the go-ahead run.

"I felt much better tonight," Stanton said. "I felt like I had more control of my fastball and had more feeling on my breaking ball. We just didn't make enough quality pitches at the right time."

Right-hander Jason Hirsh gave up four runs in six innings, including Griffey's solo shot in the fifth inning that put Cincinnati ahead 4-2. The Rockies pulled ahead 5-4 in the top of the seventh with the help of third baseman Edwin Encarnacion's throwing error.

Rockies reliever Jeremy Affeldt gave up Brandon Phillips' run-scoring single that tied it at 5 in the bottom of the seventh.

Helton hit a two-run homer in the first off Cincinnati's Matt Belisle, who was coming off one of the best starts of his career. Belisle pitched a five-hitter for his first career complete game last Saturday, an 8-1 victory in Pittsburgh.

The 37-year-old Griffey has found his hitting stroke after a few more months filled with injury and illness. He broke his left hand last December, and missed most of spring training while still recovering.

Bouts of diverticulitis -- inflammation in the colon -- and pleurisy -- inflammation in the lining of the lungs -- have limited him for the last two weeks.

He connected on the first pitch from Hirsh in the fifth inning, a drive that stayed inside the right-field pole and made it 4-2. It was Griffey's fourth homer of the season, all in his last seven games.

Griffey is in ninth place on the career list, two behind Rafael Palmeiro.

Notes

  • Hirsh was the 361st pitcher to give up a homer to Griffey.
  • Helton's homer was his second of the season. He also had a solo shot on April 15.
  • Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games with a first-inning single.
  • Reds manager Jerry Narron was attending his daughter's graduation at East Carolina, leaving bench coach Bucky Dent in charge. Dent ran the team five times last season, going 3-2.
  • 1B Scott Hatteberg batted leadoff for the 10th time in his career and the first time since Aug. 31, 2003 with Oakland.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki, who records two hits, drives in the go-ahead run off the Reds' David Weathers.  (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki, who records two hits, drives in the go-ahead run off the Reds' David Weathers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

K. Griffey
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF6130001 .302
Troy Tulowitzki, SS6121011 .250
Matt Holliday, LF6110023 .374
Todd Helton, 1B3222210 .381
    Jamey Carroll, PR-3B0000000 .176
Garrett Atkins, 3B-1B3021200 .274
Brad Hawpe, RF4010116 .275
Yorvit Torrealba, C5000001 .246
Omar Quintanilla, 2B5000002 .111
Jason Hirsh, P2000021 .000
   a- Steve Finley, PH1110000 .176
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
   b- John Mabry, PH1000000 .154
    Zach McClellan, P0000000 .000
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .000
   c- Jeff Baker, PH1000000 .211
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals43612457  
a-singled for Hirsh in the 7th
b-grounded out for Arias in the 8th
c-grounded out for D. Bautista in the 11th
Batting
2B - Willy Taveras (2, Stanton)
HR - Todd Helton (2, Belisle)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (13), Todd Helton 2 (19), Garrett Atkins (14)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (5), Todd Helton 2 (8)
CS - Willy Taveras (5, 2nd base by Belisle/Ross)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1, Willy Taveras 1
DP - Helton-Tulowitzki-Quintanilla
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hirsh 6544552 3.82
Jeremy Affeldt (BS,2) 0.2211000 3.38
Alberto Arias 0.1100000 0.00
Zach McClellan 2000240 2.70
Denny Bautista (W,2-0) 1100020 3.00
Brian Fuentes (S,6) 1000100 3.21
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 92-54, Jeremy Affeldt 6-5, Alberto Arias 5-3, Zach McClellan 40-22, Denny Bautista 12-10, Brian Fuentes 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 2-9, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Zach McClellan 1-1, Denny Bautista 1-0, Brian Fuentes 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 26, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Alberto Arias 1, Zach McClellan 8, Denny Bautista 4, Brian Fuentes 4
Cincinnati Reds
Scott Hatteberg, 1B2000210 .279
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Conine, PH0000100 .275
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011123 .261
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3111202 .301
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5010014 .222
Adam Dunn, LF5120022 .276
Alex Gonzalez, SS4011111 .316
Josh Hamilton, CF4110113 .263
David Ross, C5112011 .186
Matt Belisle, P2000020 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Jon Coutlangus, P0000000 .000
   b- Norris Hopper, PH1110000 .300
    Kirk Saarloos, P0000000 .000
   c- Javier Valentin, PH-1B1000000 .242
   d- Ryan Freel, PH1000000 .247
Totals38595811  
a-walked for Weathers in the 11th
b-singled for Coutlangus in the 7th
c-grounded out for Saarloos in the 9th
d-lined out for Valentin in the 11th
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (2, Arias), Alex Gonzalez (6, Hirsh)
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (4, Hirsh), David Ross (2, Hirsh)
SH - Scott Hatteberg (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (18), Ken Griffey Jr. (14), Alex Gonzalez (12), David Ross 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez (4)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-A. Gonzalez-Hatteberg, Encarnacion-B. Phillips-Valentin
E - Edwin Encarnacion (4, Throwing), Scott Hatteberg (2, Missed catch of throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Belisle 6955251 4.10
Todd Coffey 0.2000210 5.52
Jon Coutlangus 0.1000000 5.40
Kirk Saarloos 2000000 3.77
Mike Stanton (L,1-2) 1.2211110 7.71
David Weathers 0.1100000 2.45
IBB - Helton by Todd Coffey
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Belisle 106-73, Todd Coffey 20-9, Jon Coutlangus 4-3, Kirk Saarloos 21-15, Mike Stanton 28-18, David Weathers 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Belisle 6-6, Todd Coffey 1-0, Kirk Saarloos 3-3, Mike Stanton 3-0
Batters Faced - Matt Belisle 28, Todd Coffey 4, Jon Coutlangus 1, Kirk Saarloos 6, Mike Stanton 7, David Weathers 2
Game Information
Attendance - 23920
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Greg Gibson