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Tulowitzki's double off Wood lifts Rockies over Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki is beginning to earn a satisfying reputation -- fearless.

Tulowitzki homered and also hit a go-ahead two-run double against Kerry Wood in the sixth inning to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Tulowitzki has already homered against some of the biggest names in the game: Roger Clemens, John Smoltz and Roy Oswalt.

"There isn't much that Tulowitzki fears," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He just wants to play and win and not much of anything else."

The understated 22-year-old shortstop echoed those thoughts.

"Kerry Wood is a good pitcher and so is Roger Clemens and the rest," Tulowitzki said. "I'm more into winning games and the double today helped win a game."

Wood (0-1), who hadn't given up a run in three relief appearances since coming off the DL on Aug. 3, took over for Sean Marshall to start the sixth with the game tied at 3-all.

Wood walked Geronimo Gil and allowed a pinch-hit double to Ian Stewart before walking Kaz Matsui intentionally to load the bases. Tulowitzki then lined a double off the scoreboard in right to make it 5-3. Matt Holliday followed with an RBI ground out.

"I got up in a big situation and I like to be in big situations," Tulowitzki said. "I got a fastball up in the zone and put a good swing on it."

Wood allowed three runs, two hits and two walks in one inning.

"I didn't locate it today," Wood said. "I would like to locate it better, but it's only my third inning out of the bullpen."

Chicago remained 1½ games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.

"I feel fortunate to be 1½ games out of first place," manager Lou Piniella said. "We've had a rough 20 days. We've had some injuries and hopefully, we get a little healthy at home."

Matt Herges (1-0) worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Rockies, who split the four-game series with the Cubs. Manuel Corpas pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

"The pen was big for us in this one, 16-of-17 retired with a walk," Hurdle said. "No one was bigger than Herges, who got out of a jam in the fourth inning with a double play."

Tulowitzki tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth with his 15th homer of the season, a line drive just inside the foul pole in left off Marshall. Holliday had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who salvaged a split of the four-game series.

Colorado's Tim Harikkala, called up from Triple-A on Saturday, made his second career start and first since 1996 with Seattle. He allowed three runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings and had his first major league hit and RBI.

Harikkala was designated for assignment after the game.

Marshall went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits and is winless in his last three starts.

Clint Barmes hit an RBI double and Harikkala had a run-scoring single off Marshall's glove in the second inning to give Colorado a 2-0 lead.

The Cubs chased Harikkala with three runs in the fourth inning. Harikkala, making his first major league appearance since June 16, 2005, with Oakland, allowed singles to Mark DeRosa, Mike Fontenot and Jason Kendall to start the inning.

Kendall's single drove in DeRosa, Felix Pie grounded out to first base to score Fontenot and Marshall singled to left on a 1-2 pitch. Herges replaced Harikkala after Ryan Theriot's RBI single and induced Jacque Jones to hit into a double play.

Notes

  • Stewart's double was his first major league hit.
  • INF Daryle Ward was activated from the DL and OF Cliff Floyd was placed on the bereavement list.
  • Rockies 1B Todd Helton returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with back spasms.
  • Harikkala was placed on the 40-man roster and OF Sean Barker was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and placed on the 60-man DL with a strained left hamstring.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki smacks a two-run double off Kerry Wood, giving the Rockies the lead for good.  (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki smacks a two-run double off Kerry Wood, giving the Rockies the lead for good. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

M. DeRosa
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS4011000 .286
Jacque Jones, RF4010011 .265
Derrek Lee, 1B3010100 .315
Matt Murton, LF4000012 .263
Mark DeRosa, 3B4120000 .288
Mike Fontenot, 2B4120010 .297
Jason Kendall, C3111102 .242
Felix Pie, CF4001023 .217
Sean Marshall, P2010002 .087
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Patterson, PH1000000 .167
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1000001 .328
Totals3439325  
a-grounded out-bunting for Wood in the 7th
b-flied out for Dempster in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Ryan Theriot (34), Jason Kendall (31), Felix Pie (19)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jason Kendall (5, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall 5633211 4.25
Kerry Wood (L,0-1) 1233200 5.79
Michael Wuertz 1100010 3.46
Ryan Dempster 1000110 3.63
IBB - Matsui by Kerry Wood
HBP - Holliday (by Sean Marshall)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 84-54, Kerry Wood 22-9, Michael Wuertz 17-12, Ryan Dempster 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 6-8, Kerry Wood 1-2, Michael Wuertz 1-1, Ryan Dempster 2-0
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 24, Kerry Wood 7, Michael Wuertz 4, Ryan Dempster 4
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B3100201 .303
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5123021 .286
Matt Holliday, LF4021001 .339
Todd Helton, 1B4000004 .297
Garrett Atkins, 3B3010100 .279
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3100104 .331
Clint Barmes, CF2111000 .160
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF2010000 .333
Geronimo Gil, C3100112 .000
Tim Harikkala, P10110001.000
    Matt Herges, P1000000 .000
   b- Ian Stewart, PH1110000 .333
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   c- Willy Taveras, PH1000000 .310
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals3369653  
a-flied out for Barmes in the 6th
b-doubled for Herges in the 6th
c-grounded out for Julio in the 8th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (18, Wood), Matt Holliday (40, Marshall), Clint Barmes (3, Marshall), Ian Stewart (1, Wood)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (15, Marshall)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 3 (61), Matt Holliday (93), Clint Barmes (1), Tim Harikkala (1)
2-OUT RBI - Tim Harikkala (1)
SB - Kaz Matsui (23, 2nd base off Dempster/Kendall), Cory Sullivan (2, 3rd base off Wuertz/Kendall)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Helton, Matsui-Tulowitzki-Helton
PB - Geronimo Gil (1)
Colorado Rockies
Tim Harikkala 3.1933120 8.10
Matt Herges (W,1-0) 2.2000010 3.66
LaTroy Hawkins (H,9) 1000000 3.55
Jorge Julio (H,12) 1000010 4.85
Manuel Corpas (S,9) 1000110 2.28
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Harikkala 63-38, Matt Herges 22-16, LaTroy Hawkins 11-7, Jorge Julio 14-10, Manuel Corpas 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Harikkala 4-3, Matt Herges 4-2, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0, Jorge Julio 2-0, Manuel Corpas 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Harikkala 19, Matt Herges 7, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Jorge Julio 3, Manuel Corpas 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39176
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Marvin Hudson