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Tampa Bay (29-37)001310000591
Colorado (35-33) «40210120x10110

Rockies 10, Devil Rays 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- To Willy Taveras, anything hit in the air is a mistake. If it happens to leave the park, he'll pardon himself.

Taveras lined his second homer of the season, Brad Hawpe hit his first career grand slam and Garrett Atkins homered for the third straight game to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-5 on Saturday night.

"I'm not a home run hitter," Taveras said. "I just want to make contact. I want to put the ball on the ground. I never try to show power."

Taveras pointed over at Hawpe.

"I don't have that kind of power," he said.

Hawpe has been on a power surge of late. He hit his third homer in four games. Not only that, but he's crushing the ball at Coors Field. He's hit nine of his 11 homers this season at home. Last season, Hawpe had 16 homers on the road and only six at Coors.

"I really don't care where he hits them," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I just like it when he hits them."

Atkins has four homers in his last 12 games and has reached base with a hit or walk in 17 straight contests. And while Atkins' turnaround happened to coincide with a two-day rest Hurdle gave him to clear his head, Hurdle wouldn't take any credit.

"I'd rather take the blame when things don't go well than take credit when they go well," Hurdle said.

The Rockies (35-33) moved two games over .500 for the first time since April 6. They have outscored their opponents 41-10 in their four-game winning streak.

Hurdle is impressed with the offensive fireworks. But he knew the team had it in them.

"I don't expect it every night. But we're very capable of getting on an offensive roll," Hurdle said. "We're scoring runs a lot of different ways."

But when Taveras goes deep, it's just an added bonus. Taveras was even surprised that his low liner -- that he reached down and golfed -- climbed over the left-field fence.

"I thought it was going to be foul," said Taveras, who hit a career-high three home runs his rookie season in 2005. "It actually went over the fence."

By taking the first two of a three-game series with Tampa Bay, the Rockies improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight series.

The Devil Rays, meanwhile, are reeling. They've been outscored 38-8 in dropping four in a row.

Andy Sonnanstine (1-1) was making his third start since being called up from Triple-A Durham on June 2. He lasted five innings, allowing six hits and seven runs.

"I had some trouble with the grip," Sonnanstine said. "You have to deal with it. I had trouble with my location."

Sonnanstine was very succinct on the mistakes he made on the homers.

  On Hawpe's in the first inning: "Bad pitch. I hung a slider."

  On Atkins' two-run shot in the third: "It wasn't located well."

  On Taveras' solo shot in the fourth: "Fastball."

The Rockies offense bailed out an ineffective Jason Hirsh, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits and five runs, before giving way to Taylor Buchholz in the fifth with two runners on. Buchholz got Delmon Young to fly out and Jonny Gomes to pop up to end the threat.

Buchholz (4-3) went 1 2/3 innings and gave up one hit for the win. Buchholz, who was a starter earlier this season, is beginning to feel comfortable in the bullpen.

"I do like it," he said.

Brendan Harris had three hits, including a solo homer to center, his seventh of the season, and an RBI double. Carlos Pena hit his 15th homer of the season as part of a three-run fourth inning.

Matt Holliday finished with two singles and scored two runs. It was his fourth multihit game in a row.

Taveras has an easy explanation why the Rockies have caught fire at the plate.

"We've got good players," he said. "Players with power."

So, is he a player with power?

"C'mon, man," he said. "I just want to put the ball in play."

Notes

Elijah Dukes and manager Joe Maddon had a brief closed door meeting Saturday after Dukes wasn't in the starting lineup for a fourth straight game. Dukes came on as a pinch hitter in the sixth, grounding into a 6-4-3 double play. ... Rays 2B Ty Wigginton extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fifth. ... OF Cory Sullivan, called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday, singled in his first at-bat of the season for the Rockies.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

B. Harris
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B3100210 .321
Brendan Harris, SS3132100 .320
Carl Crawford, LF4000113 .283
Ty Wigginton, 2B4020003 .276
Carlos Pena, 1B3111121 .313
Delmon Young, CF4110022 .264
Jonny Gomes, RF4111012 .233
Raul Casanova, C4011000 .250
Andy Sonnanstine, P2000010 .400
   a- Elijah Dukes, PH1000001 .192
    Casey Fossum, P0000000 .000
    Jay Witasick, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   b- Jorge Cantu, PH1000000 .273
Totals3359558  
a-grounded into a double play for Sonnanstine in the 6th
b-flied out for Stokes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brendan Harris (13, Hirsh), Ty Wigginton (14, Hawkins), Jonny Gomes (3, Hirsh)
HR - Brendan Harris (7, Hirsh), Carlos Pena (15, Hirsh)
SH - Brendan Harris (1)
RBI - Brendan Harris 2 (31), Carlos Pena (40), Jonny Gomes (7), Raul Casanova (3)
2-OUT RBI - Brendan Harris (14)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Wigginton-Harris-Pena
E - Delmon Young (4, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Andy Sonnanstine (L,1-1) 5677253 7.11
Casey Fossum 1.1432200 7.58
Jay Witasick 0.2000000 4.24
Brian Stokes 1100000 6.60
IBB - Helton by Andy Sonnanstine
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 98-60, Casey Fossum 28-16, Jay Witasick 8-5, Brian Stokes 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 3-7, Casey Fossum 2-2, Jay Witasick 1-1, Brian Stokes 2-0
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 23, Casey Fossum 10, Jay Witasick 2, Brian Stokes 3
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4211102 .316
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Kaz Matsui, 2B5110003 .322
Matt Holliday, LF4220022 .360
Todd Helton, 1B2200211 .325
Garrett Atkins, 3B4123003 .247
Brad Hawpe, RF3224100 .299
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010002 .267
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000002 .237
Jason Hirsh, P2000020 .042
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .143
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1011000 .288
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   b- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF10100001.000
Totals341011945  
a-singled for Buchholz in the 6th
b-singled for Julio in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kaz Matsui (9, Sonnanstine)
HR - Willy Taveras (2, Sonnanstine), Garrett Atkins (7, Sonnanstine), Brad Hawpe (11, Sonnanstine)
RBI - Willy Taveras (15), Garrett Atkins 3 (33), Brad Hawpe 4 (46), Ryan Spilborghs (13)
2-OUT RBI - Willy Taveras (6), Garrett Atkins 2 (10), Brad Hawpe 4 (31)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Matsui-Helton, Tulowitzki-Matsui-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hirsh 4.1655452 4.78
Taylor Buchholz (W,4-3) 1.2100000 5.05
LaTroy Hawkins (H,5) 1200010 4.41
Jorge Julio 1000010 6.52
Brian Fuentes 1000110 2.01
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 91-59, Taylor Buchholz 22-12, LaTroy Hawkins 14-9, Jorge Julio 16-9, Brian Fuentes 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 5-3, Taylor Buchholz 1-3, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0, Jorge Julio 1-1, Brian Fuentes 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 23, Taylor Buchholz 5, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Jorge Julio 3, Brian Fuentes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30101
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Larry Young