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Rockies 12, Braves 6

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies have been waiting for their offense to break out.

It took one inning to make it happen.

Yorvit Torrealba hit a three-run home run to cap off a six-run third inning and the Colorado Rockies won their third straight, beating the Atlanta Braves 12-6 on Wednesday night.

"We're hitting. Hopefully we can keep it going," Matt Holliday said. "If we get all of our guys going, we have a good offense. We'll put up a lot of runs and make it hard on other teams."

Holliday had a triple and two RBI and Ryan Spilborghs went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in a spot start for the Rockies, who put up their highest run total of the young season. Their previous high was just four runs, in a win Tuesday night against the Braves.

"When you don't get hits for the first couple of days you tend to push the panic button," Spilborghs said. "But when you have guys up and down the lineup, a bunch of good hitters, it's only a matter of time before you start raking."

Mark Redman (1-1) pitched five innings and allowed three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Chuck James (0-1), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, gave up six runs in three innings in his first start of the season. James hit three batters.

"Command was my problem. I was all over the place," said James, who acknowledged he was rusty. "I couldn't throw a strike. I fell behind everybody and wasn't under control."

The Rockies broke open the game in the third, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring six runs with the help of just three hits. James hit two batters in the frame, including Willy Taveras to lead off the inning. Troy Tulowitzki followed with a walk, and after Todd Helton struck out, Holliday tripled to left.

Spilborghs singled home Holliday, Garrett Atkins was hit by a pitch, and following Jeff Baker's fly out to center, Torrealba hit his first homer of the season to deep left.

"That's the kind of offense we've been looking for," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Three-run homers are good plays."

It helped that James was having a tough time with his control.

"We knew he was kind of struggling," Torrealba said. "He wasn't able to locate his pitches where he wanted to. He came with a pitch right over the middle and I took advantage of it."

The Braves scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth, but Helton answered with an RBI double in the bottom of the inning.

Atlanta got another run in the fifth on a two-out single by Chipper Jones.

"We played maybe our best game of the year, hitting and fielding-wise," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "We made all kinds of great plays and hit the ball good enough to win."

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Jeff Francoeur led off with a triple to the left-center field gap, and Brian McCann followed with a double in the right-field corner. Redman escaped further damage when he made a diving catch of James' bunt attempt and doubled off McCann at third base.

"That was a big play to get off the mound and grab the ball before it hit the ground and get the double play," Hurdle said.

Notes

Before the game the Braves placed RHP Rafael Soriano on the 15-day DL with right elbow tendinitis, retroactive to Monday. ... Snow is in the forecast for Thursday's final game of the four-game series.
 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

R. Spilborghs
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B5010021 .280
Yunel Escobar, SS5121001 .314
Chipper Jones, 3B5021011 .385
Mark Teixeira, 1B4210012 .167
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110012 .263
Brian McCann, C4133000 .333
Matt Diaz, LF4001001 .250
Mark Kotsay, CF3010011 .273
   a- Gregor Blanco, PH1110000 .250
Chuck James, P1000002 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P1000000 .000
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH1010000 .333
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   c- Brayan Pena, PH1000001 .200
Totals39613606  
a-doubled for Kotsay in the 9th
b-doubled for J. Bennett in the 7th
c-grounded out for Resop in the 9th
Batting
2B - Yunel Escobar (2, Redman), Brian McCann (3, Redman), Gregor Blanco (1, Herges), Ruben Gotay (1, Speier)
3B - Jeff Francoeur (1, Redman)
HR - Brian McCann (2, Wells)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (8), Chipper Jones (9), Brian McCann 3 (7), Matt Diaz (6)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (5), Chipper Jones (1), Brian McCann 2 (4)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James (L,0-1) 3566151 18.00
Jeff Bennett 3311000 4.00
Chris Resop 2555121 15.75
IBB - Helton by Chris Resop
HBP - Tulowitzki (by Chuck James), Taveras (by Chuck James), Atkins (by Chuck James)
WP - Jeff Bennett (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chuck James 69-35, Jeff Bennett 37-25, Chris Resop 47-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chuck James 1-3, Jeff Bennett 7-2
Batters Faced - Chuck James 18, Jeff Bennett 12, Chris Resop 12
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4320000 .241
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3100102 .194
Todd Helton, 1B4121112 .353
Matt Holliday, LF5222025 .286
Ryan Spilborghs, RF5335003 .308
Garrett Atkins, 3B4110001 .286
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
Jeff Baker, 2B4000024 .100
Yorvit Torrealba, C4134001 .231
Mark Redman, P3000022 .000
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
    Micah Bowie, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Podsednik, PH1000001 .250
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
    Clint Barmes, 3B0000000 .333
Totals3712131227  
a-lined out for Bowie in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (5, J. Bennett), Ryan Spilborghs (1, Resop)
3B - Matt Holliday (1, James)
HR - Ryan Spilborghs (1, Resop), Yorvit Torrealba (1, James)
RBI - Todd Helton (4), Matt Holliday 2 (7), Ryan Spilborghs 5 (5), Yorvit Torrealba 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs 3 (3), Yorvit Torrealba 4 (4)
SB - Willy Taveras 2 (3, 2nd base off J. Bennett/McCann, 2nd base off Resop/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Redman-Atkins, Atkins-Baker-Helton
E - Garrett Atkins (1, Throwing), Ryan Spilborghs (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Mark Redman (W,1-1) 5732030 5.06
Ryan Speier 1.1100010 0.00
Micah Bowie 0.2100000 9.00
Kip Wells 1222001 3.68
Matt Herges 1211020 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 80-53, Ryan Speier 14-11, Micah Bowie 5-3, Kip Wells 15-11, Matt Herges 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 8-4, Ryan Speier 1-2, Micah Bowie 1-0, Kip Wells 1-2, Matt Herges 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 22, Ryan Speier 5, Micah Bowie 2, Kip Wells 5, Matt Herges 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23210
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Derryl Cousins