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Atkins, Helton drive in 10 runs as Rockies rout Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- If they can do it against New York, the Colorado Rockies figure they can knock anybody around.

Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins both drove in a season-high five runs and the Rockies pounded out 20 hits and routed the Mets again Wednesday night, this time 17-7 to become the first team in more than half a century to sweep two New York clubs in the same year.

"Our lineup top to bottom is swinging the bat well right now," slugger Matt Holliday said after reaching base in all six of his trips to the plate. "There's no break 1 through 8."

Colorado's three-game sweeps of the Yankees and Mets at Coors Field were oddly sandwiched around a 1-9 trip, the worst three-city swing in franchise history.

The last team to sweep series from two New York clubs during the regular season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the Milwaukee Braves, who whitewashed the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants in 1956. After moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers swept the Yankees in the 1963 World Series after sweeping the Mets four times during the season.

"Got that going for us," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said with a smile.

For the series, the Rockies outscored the Mets 34-12. Add in the Bronx Bombers, and Colorado outscored New York, New York 47-17.

"Yeah, you'd better not get caught wearing a Rockies cap in New York," reliever Tom Martin cracked.

The Rockies battered Mets pitchers for 47 hits overall and every starter scored at least once Wednesday night.

"You saw the series. We ran into a team that was locked in," Paul Lo Duca said. "The middle of their order can hit. Holliday, Helton, Atkins, Hawpe. I bet they had 12 hits. It was a helpless feeling this weekend. We couldn't do anything to stop them. We could have had Jesus on the mound and they still would have gotten hits."

Atkins, Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki all homered for Colorado, which pounded out 20 hits one night after collecting 18. Josh Fogg (4-6) overcame David Wright's three-run homer in the first inning for his first win in two weeks.

"I was able to hold it together long enough to get 17-run support," said Fogg, who allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings.

Wright's 15th homer was a 426-foot shot that seemed to forecast a different vibe for the Mets, but their starting pitchers struggled all series -- allowing 20 runs in 13 1/3 innings for a 13.50 ERA and 12 walks -- and Orlando Hernandez was no different.

El Duque (4-4) tied a career worst with six walks in only four innings and allowed six runs and six hits before giving way to an even shakier bullpen.

"My control wasn't good. But they hit some of my good pitches," Hernandez said.

Such has been the case for Colorado for some time now. The Rockies even scored 50 runs on their dismal trip through Toronto, Chicago and Houston, four times giving All-Star closer Brian Fuentes a lead that he blew in the final inning each time.

"A lot of teams go 1-9 on the road trip and feel their season's over," Tulowitzki said. "It's real nice to rebound, especially when you lose the games like we did. All late and we had the lead. A lot of teams can just falter from there and go on a downward spiral and we bounced back and swept a good team.

"We can compete with anybody and we've proven that."

Hawpe hit his 14th homer, a two-run shot, in the second, and Helton's sacrifice fly tied it in the third. In the fourth, Hernandez gave Colorado the lead for good by walking Helton on an eephus pitch with the bases loaded to ignite the Rockies' three-run rally.

Lo Duca tripled and scored on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the fifth to pull New York to 6-4, but the game got away from the Mets in the bottom half of the inning when right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota surrendered six runs on six hits in two-thirds of an inning, including a two-run double by Helton and home runs by Tulowitzki, his ninth, and Atkins, his 13th.

Helton drew another bases-loaded walk in the sixth, this one from Pedro Feliciano, who then gave up a two-run double to Atkins, who had four hits.

"They came out swinging and never stopped," Shawn Green said. "They hit the ball hard everywhere. It's frustrating. We couldn't stop them. They were an offensive force all three games. We scored runs, but nothing close to what they did. This was a real rough series for us."

Notes

  • The Rockies, whose 17 runs were a season high, also had 20 hits at Shea Stadium on April 25.
  • Colorado (4-2) won the season series against the Mets for just the second time since 1998.
  • The Rockies are 12-2 at home since June 2.
 
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Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins combine for 10 RBI as the Rockies light up the Mets on the Fourth of July.  (AP)
Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins combine for 10 RBI as the Rockies light up the Mets on the Fourth of July. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5100004 .311
Paul Lo Duca, C5220002 .283
Carlos Beltran, CF3211111 .268
David Wright, 3B4134010 .296
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1010000 .317
Carlos Delgado, 1B4011002 .232
Jose Valentin, 2B5110002 .257
Shawn Green, RF4020001 .275
Carlos Gomez, LF3010013 .250
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Damion Easley, 3B1010000 .260
Orlando Hernandez, P1000001 .192
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Sele, P0000000 .000
   b- Ricky Ledee, PH-LF0001100 .192
Totals36713723  
a-singled for Heilman in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Sele in the 6th
Batting
2B - Paul Lo Duca (10, Buchholz), Carlos Beltran (17, Herges), Carlos Delgado (20, Fogg), Jose Valentin (11, Fogg), Shawn Green (17, Fogg)
3B - Paul Lo Duca (1, Fogg)
HR - David Wright (15, Fogg)
SF - Carlos Beltran (5), Carlos Delgado (4), Ricky Ledee (1)
SH - Orlando Hernandez (4)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (51), David Wright 4 (49), Carlos Delgado (46), Ricky Ledee (4)
SB - Jose Reyes (42, 2nd base off Fogg/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jose Reyes (5, Throwing)
New York Mets
Orlando Hernandez (L,4-4) 4665621 3.22
Guillermo Mota 0.2666012 7.71
Aaron Sele 0.1100100 5.14
Pedro Feliciano 1333210 2.56
Scott Schoeneweis 1322100 5.68
Aaron Heilman 1100010 4.08
IBB - Holliday by Pedro Feliciano
WP - Orlando Hernandez 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 107-59, Guillermo Mota 43-31, Aaron Sele 16-9, Pedro Feliciano 31-17, Scott Schoeneweis 26-15, Aaron Heilman 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 7-3, Guillermo Mota 1-0, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Scott Schoeneweis 2-1, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 24, Guillermo Mota 8, Aaron Sele 3, Pedro Feliciano 8, Scott Schoeneweis 7, Aaron Heilman 4
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF5330100 .421
Kaz Matsui, 2B6112012 .311
Matt Holliday, LF3321300 .352
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
Todd Helton, 1B2115201 .309
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .125
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-LF1010000 .310
Garrett Atkins, 3B5245102 .260
Brad Hawpe, RF4112224 .295
Troy Tulowitzki, SS6131005 .285
Yorvit Torrealba, C6330013 .251
Josh Fogg, P3110011 .148
    Jeff Baker, 1B1100101 .227
Totals42172016105  
a-singled for Buchholz in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (30, Hernandez), Todd Helton (19, Mota), Garrett Atkins (20, Feliciano), Troy Tulowitzki (13, Heilman), Yorvit Torrealba (7, Hernandez)
HR - Garrett Atkins (13, Mota), Brad Hawpe (14, Hernandez), Troy Tulowitzki (9, Mota)
SF - Todd Helton (3)
SH - Josh Fogg (5)
RBI - Kaz Matsui 2 (20), Matt Holliday (68), Todd Helton 5 (46), Garrett Atkins 5 (53), Brad Hawpe 2 (58), Troy Tulowitzki (37)
2-OUT RBI - Kaz Matsui (13), Todd Helton 3 (22), Garrett Atkins 3 (16)
SB - Cory Sullivan (1, 2nd base off Hernandez/Lo Duca), Kaz Matsui (16, 2nd base off Mota/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Tulowitzki-Baker
E - Yorvit Torrealba (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Josh Fogg (W,4-6) 6854131 5.36
Taylor Buchholz 1211000 4.73
LaTroy Hawkins 1100100 4.43
Matt Herges 1211000 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 90-60, Taylor Buchholz 12-8, LaTroy Hawkins 19-10, Matt Herges 23-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 9-7, Taylor Buchholz 2-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Matt Herges 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 28, Taylor Buchholz 4, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Matt Herges 5
Game Information
Attendance - 48123
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Travis Reininger, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Field Culbreth