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DENVER -- Kaz Matsui is finally comfortable in America.
The 31-year-old Japanese second baseman never lived up to the hype in New York after signing a $20.1 million, three-year contract in 2003 with the Mets, who traded him to Colorado last summer.
He sure is cozy in Colorado, where the Rockies are 9-4 since his return from the disabled list.
Matsui starred in the field, on the bases and at the plate Sunday in the Rockies' 10-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in 10 innings.
"He's an exciting ballplayer and he's just starting to rekindle the skill set that was going on in Japan," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "I mean, the Mets thought pretty highly of this guy, they signed him to a nice contract and things just never got untracked for him there. This environment's been good for him. He's been good for us. The team has embraced him.
"He shows up on both sides of the ball."
"It's getting better, for sure," Matsui said through a translator when asked whether he was playing his best ball since arriving from Japan. "My back is fine, too."
After the Reds tied it in the ninth, Matsui turned a spectacular double play on Ken Griffey Jr.'s grounder in the 10th. Then he scored the winning run.
"You're not going to see a better double play than the one you saw in the 10th inning," Hurdle said. "When he's on the bases, he's a threat all the time. He's got a quick bat, had a big hit today, a couple of them. He's doing a lot of things for us."
Back in the lineup after being benched for two games, Garrett Atkins homered and singled in the winning run in the 10th to help the Rockies win their first home series since April 2-4 against Arizona.
Matsui opened the 10th with a single off Victor Santos (1-1) and went to second on Santos' wild pickoff attempt. After Matt Holliday struck out, Todd Helton was intentionally walked to bring up Atkins, who hit his fourth homer in the second inning after he was benched for two games for ineffective play.
Atkins singled to left and Matsui scored easily from second base, making a winner of Manuel Corpas (2-2), who worked a scoreless 10th.
After the Rockies' four-run rally in the eighth put them ahead 9-8, closer Brian Fuentes failed to secure his 13th straight save. Juan Castro led off the ninth with a double and went to third when Fuentes threw away a pickoff attempt. Castro scored on Jeff Conine's one-out single.
Reds starter Matt Belisle, staked to an 8-2 lead after Brandon Phillips' three-run homer in the sixth, left with Cincinnati ahead 8-4 after giving up a two-out single in the seventh. Jon Coutlangus walked three straight batters to make it 8-5 before Gary Majewski got Yorvit Torrealba on a fly ball to end the rally.
"When you come in with the bases loaded and no outs you hope to minimize the damage," Weathers said after his second blown save in 13 chances. "You hope to get the first guy out. But he hammered one down the right-field line. He hit it perfectly. With his speed, it's an easy triple for him and you knew Taveras with his speed would score from first."
Belisle scattered 10 hits over 6 2/3 solid innings. He also singled and stole a base in the first, then added sacrifice bunts in the third and seventh. The last Reds pitcher to steal a base was Danny Graves on July 9, 2003, at Houston.
Rockies starter Rodrigo Lopez gave up four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Cincinnati outfielder Adam Dunn was scratched about an hour before the game because he wasn't feeling well. His replacement, center fielder Dewayne Wise, staked the Reds to a 2-0 lead in the second when he hit an RBI triple and scored on Chad Moeller's suicide squeeze.
|The Rockies mob Kaz Matsui (center) at home after he scores the winning run in the 10th inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Norris Hopper, LF||5||1||3||0||1||0||1||.329|
|Scott Hatteberg, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||7||.292|
|Gary Majewski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Adam Dunn, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Victor Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||4||1||0||0||2||1||3||.280|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||6||2||3||1||0||1||1||.263|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||3||2||2||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||2||1||1||3||0||1||0||.276|
|Dewayne Wise, CF||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||.200|
|Juan Castro, 2B-SS||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.167|
|Chad Moeller, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||4||.233|
|Matt Belisle, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.111|
|Jon Coutlangus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Conine, 1B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.280|
|a-singled for Weathers in the 10th|
|2B - Norris Hopper (6, Ramirez), Edwin Encarnacion (7, Ramirez), Alex Gonzalez (14, Lopez), Juan Castro (3, Fuentes)|
|3B - Dewayne Wise (1, Lopez)|
|HR - Brandon Phillips (10, Ramirez)|
|SF - Juan Castro (2)|
|SH - Chad Moeller (1), Matt Belisle 2 (5)|
|RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (23), Brandon Phillips 3 (32), Dewayne Wise (1), Juan Castro (4), Chad Moeller (2), Jeff Conine (18)|
|SB - Matt Belisle (1, 2nd base off Lopez/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Norris Hopper 1|
|E - Victor Santos (1, Throwing)|
|Gary Majewski (H,1)||0.1||3||3||3||0||0||0||15.00|
|David Weathers (BS,2)||2||2||1||1||1||3||0||3.95|
|Victor Santos (L,1-1)||0.1||2||1||1||1||1||0||4.70|
|IBB - Helton by David Weathers, Helton by Victor Santos|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Belisle 97-62, Jon Coutlangus 18-6, Gary Majewski 13-7, David Weathers 32-23, Victor Santos 15-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Belisle 9-8|
|Batters Faced - Matt Belisle 30, Jon Coutlangus 3, Gary Majewski 4, David Weathers 9, Victor Santos 4|
|Willy Taveras, CF||6||1||3||0||0||2||0||.327|
|Kaz Matsui, 2B||6||2||3||3||0||0||2||.325|
|Matt Holliday, LF||6||2||2||0||0||2||2||.345|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||0||0||0||3||0||1||.335|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||5||2||3||2||1||0||3||.233|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||3||1||2||3||2||0||0||.306|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||5||0||1||1||0||1||6||.215|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||5||1||2||1||0||1||0||.181|
|Rodrigo Lopez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Steve Finley, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.181|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.308|
|Tom Martin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jeff Baker, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Chris Iannetta, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.184|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Julio in the 5th|
|b-flied out for Ramirez in the 6th|
|c-singled for Hawkins in the 8th|
|d-flied out for Fuentes in the 9th|
|2B - Willy Taveras (5, Belisle), Garrett Atkins (14, Belisle), Brad Hawpe (13, Belisle)|
|3B - Kaz Matsui (3, Weathers)|
|HR - Garrett Atkins (4, Belisle)|
|RBI - Kaz Matsui 3 (11), Garrett Atkins 2 (22), Brad Hawpe 3 (35), Yorvit Torrealba (17), Jamey Carroll (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe 3 (23), Yorvit Torrealba (7), Jamey Carroll (4)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Matsui-Helton, Matsui-Carroll-Helton|
|E - Brian Fuentes (1, Throwing), Matt Holliday (2, Missed catch of throw)|
|Brian Fuentes (BS,2)||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||1.98|
|Manuel Corpas (W,2-2)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.57|
|IBB - Wise by Rodrigo Lopez, Griffey by Ramon Ramirez|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 92-52, Jorge Julio 9-6, Ramon Ramirez 23-12, Tom Martin 14-9, LaTroy Hawkins 9-7, Brian Fuentes 19-11, Manuel Corpas 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 5-7, Jorge Julio 1-1, Tom Martin 1-2, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Brian Fuentes 1-1, Manuel Corpas 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 25, Jorge Julio 2, Ramon Ramirez 7, Tom Martin 5, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Brian Fuentes 4, Manuel Corpas 3|
|Attendance - 26071|
|Game Time - 3:38|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Larry Poncino|