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Rockies 12, Devil Rays 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Even when Garrett Atkins was struggling, manager Clint Hurdle refused to give up on him.

Nor on his team.

Atkins and Brad Hawpe hit back-to-back homers in the first and the Rockies moved a game above .500 for the first time since April 9 with a 12-2 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday night.

At one point this season, Atkins' average tumbled to .220. Hurdle gave him two days off in early June to collect his thoughts and then stuck him back in the lineup.

Atkins has now reached base on either a hit or walk in his last 16 games to raise his average to .243.

"He's putting some good swings on the baseball," Hurdle said. "I think he's turning the corner."

The same could be said of the Rockies.

On May 21, the Rockies lost to Arizona to fall to nine games below .500. Since that loss, the team is 16-6. Hurdle said he never doubted the team could become relevant again in the NL West.

"The biggest step for this ball club was to not let its confidence be shaken or tied directly to results," Hurdle said. "We were tested dramatically early and they held up well and weathered the storm. We think we can beat anyone on any given night."

In winning three straight, the Rockies have outscored their opponents 31-5.

"It's spilling over onto everybody," Hurdle said. "We've made a lot of improvement in the last month."

Colorado handed another pitcher their first loss of the season, knocking around James Shields on Friday night. The Rockies beat Boston's Josh Beckett the night before.

Shields (6-1) was beaten for the first time in 14 starts. He was the first Devil Rays pitcher to begin a season 6-0 and one of only 17 major league pitchers in the last 25 years to start the year with 13 straight unbeaten starts.

Shields, a 25-year-old righty, had given up a combined four runs in two previous June starts before the Rockies scored four times in the first on four hits, including the back-to-back homers. He gave up six hits and five runs in six innings. It was his shortest outing of the season.

"I was absolutely terrible," Shields said of his performance in the first inning.

The Rockies hit back-to-back homers for the first time this season. Atkins' two-out, two-run homer to straightaway center was his sixth of the season. Hawpe followed with his 10th to almost the identical spot.

Todd Helton added two RBI singles and brought in another run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh as part of a four-run inning. Matt Holliday had a two-run single in the frame.

Holliday finished the night with two doubles, a single and four RBI. Willie Taveras had three hits and scored two runs.

"We have a lot of guys swinging the bats really well right now," Holliday said.

No one more than Atkins. He also had a grand slam Thursday night against Boston.

"It was a matter of time," Holliday said. "He's got a track record - he can hit."

Atkins hit .329 with 29 homers last season. Asked if Atkins was back to his former self, Holliday just grinned.

"I'd say," he said.

Rodrigo Lopez (3-0) scattered eight hits over six innings as the Rockies improved to 6-1 in Lopez's seven starts this season. He has yet to allow more than three earned runs in a start.

"It wasn't my sharpest performance," Lopez said. "But I was able to make the pitches when I needed."

Delmon Young hit a solo shot to right-center in the sixth, his eighth of the season, and Carlos Pena had an RBI double in the fourth. Pena now has 11 extra base hits in June.

After a bumpy first, Shields settled in, retiring 14 straight before Holliday's double in the sixth inning. Shields said it was just a matter of working hitters inside.

"Once I started working inside, I started getting people out," Shields said.

With the team on a roll, Hurdle was asked if the Rockies were pretenders or contenders. He pondered the question for a moment.

"Time will tell," he said. "We're not a finished product yet."

Notes

INF-OF Jeff Baker, who had been unavailable the last two games because of a severe case of the flu he picked up in Boston, had a pinch-hit single in the seventh, and stayed in the game. He singled again in the eighth. ... OF Rocco Baldelli (strained left hamstring) isn't expected back for another week. ... OF Elijah Dukes was not in the starting lineup again Friday night. ... Tampa Bay has lost three straight and been outscored 27-3.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5020001 .330
Brendan Harris, SS4010102 .310
Carl Crawford, LF5000013 .287
Ty Wigginton, 2B4120010 .272
Carlos Pena, 1B4011021 .313
Delmon Young, CF4121002 .265
Jonny Gomes, RF4030011 .232
Dioner Navarro, C3000105 .176
James Shields, P2000002 .000
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH1000000 .279
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    Casey Fossum, P0000000 .000
    Al Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   b- Josh Wilson, PH1010000 .216
Totals37212225  
a-flied out for Shields in the 7th
b-singled for Stokes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (12, Lopez)
HR - Delmon Young (8, Lopez)
RBI - Carlos Pena (39), Delmon Young (38)
2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young (12)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pena-Harris-Shields
E - Ty Wigginton (7, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields (L,6-1) 6655122 3.30
Shawn Camp 0.1444100 7.20
Casey Fossum 0.2000010 7.44
Al Reyes 0.1231100 2.25
Brian Stokes 0.2100010 6.83
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 86-52, Shawn Camp 16-12, Casey Fossum 9-6, Al Reyes 22-14, Brian Stokes 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-7, Al Reyes 1-1, Brian Stokes 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 24, Shawn Camp 6, Casey Fossum 2, Al Reyes 5, Brian Stokes 3
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5231000 .317
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4111013 .267
Matt Holliday, LF5134011 .358
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
Todd Helton, 1B3123000 .328
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
   a- Sean Barker, PH-LF1000002 .000
Garrett Atkins, 3B3112111 .243
Brad Hawpe, RF4111001 .293
Chris Iannetta, C3100100 .194
Jamey Carroll, 2B3200100 .179
Rodrigo Lopez, P2000010 .091
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Baker, PH-1B2220000 .250
Totals3512131234  
a-grounded out for Corpas in the 8th
b-singled for Affeldt in the 7th
Batting
2B - Willy Taveras (7, Shields), Matt Holliday 2 (26, Shields, Stokes)
HR - Garrett Atkins (6, Shields), Brad Hawpe (10, Shields)
SF - Todd Helton (2)
SH - Troy Tulowitzki (3)
RBI - Willy Taveras (14), Troy Tulowitzki (28), Matt Holliday 4 (52), Todd Helton 3 (37), Garrett Atkins 2 (30), Brad Hawpe (42)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (13), Todd Helton (18), Garrett Atkins 2 (8), Brad Hawpe (27)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Carroll-Baker
Colorado Rockies
Rodrigo Lopez (W,3-0) 6822131 2.90
Jeremy Affeldt (H,3) 1000110 2.77
Manuel Corpas 1200010 2.70
Tom Martin 1200000 3.60
IBB - Navarro by Rodrigo Lopez
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 81-56, Jeremy Affeldt 17-7, Manuel Corpas 13-9, Tom Martin 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 9-5, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Manuel Corpas 2-0, Tom Martin 2-0
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 26, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Manuel Corpas 5, Tom Martin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25762
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mark Carlson