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Atkins, Rockies pour it on slumping Brew Crew, roll to 19-4 victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- The way the Colorado Rockies swung the bats on Wednesday surely would have made the Blake Street Bombers proud.

The Rockies had their best day at the plate in nearly two years, routing the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 19-4 and completing a three-game sweep of the NL Central leaders.

Garrett Atkins matched his career high with six RBI and had four of Colorado's 23 hits, the club's biggest day at the plate since a 20-1 victory over San Diego on Sept. 20, 2005, when the Rockies also had 23 hits.

The Rockies pounded 11 extra-base hits, tying a club record set Aug. 3, 2003, at Pittsburgh. Their 19 runs were one shy of the team record, and their 23 hits were also one off the franchise mark.

"It feels good to have these types of games," Atkins said. "You look for a pitch to hit and you generate. It was one of those games that we hit everything hard. We have the offense that is capable of that."

Colorado won its fifth consecutive home game. The Rockies' 21-5 mark at home since June 2 is best in baseball during that span.

Milwaukee, which was outscored 36-10 in the series, had its worst day on the mound since allowing 19 runs to the New York Yankees on Sept. 25, 1996. They last allowed 23 hits on Aug. 22, 1997, against Detroit.

"They hit everything we threw up there," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

The Rockies (59-54) moved five games over .500 for the first time since last May 22.

"It is enjoyable," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We are hitting the ball from line to line, we are gapping balls, situational hitting and hitting balls out of the ballpark."

The beneficiary was Jeff Francis, who set a franchise record by winning his eighth consecutive decision.

Francis (13-5), who has lost just once in 18 starts since May 2, matched his win total from last season. He allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

"We gave him enough today," Atkins said. "More importantly, we got him another W."

Atkins was 4-for-4 with two doubles, and Troy Tulowitzki went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI. Matt Holliday tripled and drove in two runs, and Brad Hawpe hit a two-run homer for the Rockies.

Yovani Gallardo (4-2) was rocked for 11 runs and 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings, both easily career highs. He hadn't given up more than four runs in any of his previous seven major league starts.

Prince Fielder hit his NL-leading 34th homer for the Brewers, who have lost four straight and 14 of 20. Milwaukee remained one game ahead of second-place Chicago in the NL Central, after the Cubs lost 8-2 to the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Some bad news hampered an otherwise stellar day for Colorado.

X-rays revealed Jason Hirsh had a broken leg. Hirsh took a J.J. Hardy line drive off his leg in the first inning on Monday night's 11-4 win, and kept pitching. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- and three hits in six innings, throwing 87 pitches and improving his record to 5-7.

Todd Helton, who homered in his final two at-bats Monday night and doubled and walked in the first two innings, was removed from the game in the third inning because of back spasms.

Hurdle said the move was "precautionary," and that if the game had been close he would have played through it. Helton was listed as day to day.

The Rockies spotted Francis an 11-0 lead after three innings, scoring a run in the first, seven in the second and three in the third.

"You get out of rhythm," Francis said of his long stretches in the dugout. "(But) you ask any pitcher if they would rather have their rhythm or a have a 16-run lead in the third inning and they would take the lead."

The Brewers' bullpen was spent, leaving Yost with little choice but to leave Gallardo on the mound despite his rocky start.

"I hated to do that to Gallardo," said Yost.

Said Gallardo: "It's kind of tough. But I was going to stay out there as long as they let me stay out there, keep on battling and get deep into the game. Obviously it didn't go well."

The Brewers nearly ran out of pitchers anyway. They used five relievers, and if Derrick Turnbow wasn't able to get through the eighth, Yost said he would have had to pitch a position player.

"You try to maintain some professionalism by not having position players pitch, which is something I really don't want to do, but Turnbow was our last guy."

Notes

  • Milwaukee 2B Tony Graffanino left after the first inning with a sprained right knee.
  • The Brewers waived veteran RHP Elmer Dessens, who had been designated for assignment on Saturday. Dessens had a 6.60 ERA in 15 innings. Colorado's seven-run second inning tied a season high for runs in an inning.
  • The Rockies placed C Edwin Bellorin (strained hamstring) on the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of C Alvin Colina from Colorado Springs.
 
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Brad Hawpe plays a small role in the Rockies' offensive shellacking with a two-run homer. (AP)
Brad Hawpe plays a small role in the Rockies' offensive shellacking with a two-run homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 6
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4021011 .280
J.J. Hardy, SS4110013 .268
Ryan Braun, 3B3121100 .349
Prince Fielder, 1B4112013 .287
Bill Hall, CF4000011 .263
Kevin Mench, LF4000001 .266
Tony Graffanino, 2B0000000 .238
    Joe Dillon, 2B4130000 .625
Damian Miller, C3000112 .262
Yovani Gallardo, P1000001 .190
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .200
    Matt Wise, P00000001.000
   a- Geoff Jenkins, PH1000012 .272
    Manny Parra, P1000000 .200
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Derrick Turnbow, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .229
Totals3449426  
a-struck out for Wise in the 5th
b-flied out for Turnbow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (20, Francis), J.J. Hardy (20, Herges)
3B - Joe Dillon (1, Francis)
HR - Prince Fielder (34, Francis)
RBI - Corey Hart (50), Ryan Braun (55), Prince Fielder 2 (86)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Dillon-Fielder
E - Ryan Braun (17, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo (L,4-2) 2.2121111312 4.20
Carlos Villanueva 0.2343011 4.46
Matt Wise 0.2211110 3.55
Manny Parra 2111130 3.06
Brian Shouse 1522020 2.60
Derrick Turnbow 1000110 3.88
IBB - Holliday by Yovani Gallardo
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 80-48, Carlos Villanueva 21-12, Matt Wise 22-11, Manny Parra 32-22, Brian Shouse 31-24, Derrick Turnbow 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 2-5, Carlos Villanueva 2-0, Manny Parra 1-2, Brian Shouse 1-0, Derrick Turnbow 1-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 23, Carlos Villanueva 6, Matt Wise 5, Manny Parra 8, Brian Shouse 8, Derrick Turnbow 3
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B5432110 .299
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5443101 .280
Matt Holliday, LF3222101 .341
   a- Jamey Carroll, PH-3B2010013 .236
Todd Helton, 1B1111100 .300
   b- Jeff Baker, PH-1B4011016 .218
Garrett Atkins, 3B4146000 .283
    Cory Sullivan, CF1000003 .319
Brad Hawpe, RF4112225 .289
Ryan Spilborghs, CF-LF6331023 .343
Yorvit Torrealba, C6331001 .280
Jeff Francis, P3000010 .143
    Matt Herges, P1000012 .000
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
Totals4519231969  
a-singled for Holliday in the 6th
b-flied out for Helton in the 3rd
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (16, Gallardo, Gallardo), Todd Helton (26, Gallardo), Garrett Atkins 2 (29, Gallardo, Wise), Ryan Spilborghs (9, Villanueva), Yorvit Torrealba (14, Villanueva)
3B - Matt Holliday (5, Gallardo)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (14, Villanueva), Brad Hawpe (20, Gallardo), Ryan Spilborghs (10, Gallardo)
SF - Garrett Atkins (9)
SH - Jeff Francis (11)
RBI - Kaz Matsui 2 (27), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (53), Matt Holliday 2 (92), Todd Helton (66), Jeff Baker (9), Garrett Atkins 6 (82), Brad Hawpe 2 (74), Ryan Spilborghs (41), Yorvit Torrealba (32)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (27), Todd Helton (31), Jeff Baker (3), Garrett Atkins 5 (28), Brad Hawpe 2 (50)
SB - Kaz Matsui (20, 2nd base off Gallardo/D. Miller)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Matsui-Helton, Carroll-Matsui-Baker
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (W,13-5) 5633251 4.06
Matt Herges 3211010 4.24
Ryan Speier 1100000 10.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 104-62, Matt Herges 30-23, Ryan Speier 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 3-6, Matt Herges 4-4, Ryan Speier 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 22, Matt Herges 11, Ryan Speier 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26613
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Brian Knight