Cleveland at Colorado

W: J. Francis (3-6) L: A. Laffey (4-4)
S: B. Fuentes (12)
HR: CLE - None   COL - J. Baker (3)

Rockies 4, Indians 2 wire reports

DENVER -- Jeff Baker and Omar Quintanilla are short-term solutions for the Colorado Rockies. They hope they're playing their way into the team's long-term plans.

Baker homered and scored three runs and Quintanilla went 2-for-3 with two RBI as the Rockies beat the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, 4-2.

Jeff Francis (3-6) pitched into the seventh and gave up one earned run to earn his second win in his last four starts. Aaron Laffey (4-4) lost for the first time since May 22 and for just the second time since April 28.

Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Quintanilla and Baker have been getting more playing time at shortstop and second base, respectively, because of injuries to Troy Tulowitzki and Clint Barmes. With those players expected back within a week, Baker and Quintanilla are showing they belong in the mix.

"They're playing well, and that's what you want," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "The more good players you have on the team the better your chances are of winning. They're making the most of their opportunities."

Baker, who hit an inside-the-park home run in Tuesday's game, got the Rockies on the board first in the second inning. He hit a one-out double to left, Chris Iannetta was hit by a pitch and Quintanilla doubled down the right-field like to make it 1-0.

Baker led off the fourth with his third home run to make it 2-0.

"I'm not doing much different. My approach is the same and my stance is the same," Baker said. "The more at-bats you get the more comfortable you feel at the plate."

Francis cruised through the first five innings, allowing just three hits and no walks.

"I don't think I did a lot of things differently than I've done," he said. "It's amazing how a couple of things go your way in the first couple of innings, a double play, a line drive right at an outfielder, the next thing you know it's the fourth, fifth inning."

The Indians got to Francis in the sixth when Jamey Carroll doubled home Grady Sizemore with one out. The Rockies got the run right back in their half of the sixth when Baker reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on Quintanilla's single to left to make it 3-1.

Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning trimmed the lead to one, but for the second inning in a row Cleveland had three base runners but managed to push across just one run.

"We put up some good at-bats, but had little to show for it in the sixth and seventh," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Francis pitched out of the jam in the sixth, and Jason Grilli worked out of trouble in the seventh.

"We are hitting the ball good and getting opportunities. We're just not getting the big hit," Carroll said. "Some of it has been their pitchers have made the pitches when they needed to.

The Rockies capitalized on Cleveland's lack of clutch hitting and quickly made it a two-run cushion. Willy Taveras led off the seventh with a single, stole second, moved to third on catcher Kelly Shoppach's throwing error and scored on Ryan Spilborghs' sacrifice fly

The Rockies have won 10 of their last 14 and clinched their fifth straight series with Wednesday's victory.

"Every time we start a series, that's what's brought up - try to win the series," Baker said. "That's what we did last year toward the end and it worked out for us."


Cleveland RHP Fausto Carmona (left hip strain) experienced soreness after throwing a simulated game Monday and will not throw scheduled rehab games of June 20 and 25. Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said Carmona will be shut down for three days and be re-evaluated after that. ... The Rockies agreed to terms with LHP Christian Friedrich, the team's first-round pick in this year's draft. ... Laffey's single in the third inning was his first major league hit.

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Players of the Game

J. Baker
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1

J. Carroll
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Jamey Carroll, 2B4011014 .287
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Ryan Garko, 1B3010000 .261
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000013 .231
Casey Blake, 3B4120000 .255
Franklin Gutierrez, RF2000000 .249
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SF - Shin-Soo Choo (2)
RBI - Jamey Carroll (11), Shin-Soo Choo (12)
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DP - Blake-Carroll-Garko, Blake-Carroll-Garko, Blake-Carroll-Garko
E - Kelly Shoppach (2, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Aaron Laffey (L,4-4) 6833311 2.98
Rafael Betancourt 2111010 6.12
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Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Laffey 99-63, Rafael Betancourt 32-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Laffey 9-5, Rafael Betancourt 1-4
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Colorado Rockies
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Ryan Spilborghs, RF3011011 .291
Matt Holliday, LF3010101 .324
Garrett Atkins, 3B4010001 .308
Todd Helton, 1B3000101 .280
Jeff Baker, 2B4321001 .276
Chris Iannetta, C3010011 .279
Omar Quintanilla, SS3022001 .271
Jeff Francis, P2000003 .136
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
2B - Jeff Baker (13, Laffey), Omar Quintanilla (13, Laffey)
HR - Jeff Baker (3, Laffey)
SF - Ryan Spilborghs (3)
SH - Jeff Francis (10)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (24), Jeff Baker (17), Omar Quintanilla 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Quintanilla (3)
SB - Willy Taveras (31, 3rd base off Betancourt/Shoppach), Jeff Baker (1, 2nd base off Laffey/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Atkins-Baker-Helton, Atkins-Baker-Helton
PB - Chris Iannetta (3)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (W,3-6) 6521020 5.22
Jason Grilli (H,1) 1000220 2.94
Taylor Buchholz (H,14) 1000000 1.47
Brian Fuentes (S,12) 1100010 2.12
IBB - Sizemore by Jason Grilli
HBP - Sizemore (by Jeff Francis), Garko (by Jeff Francis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 90-56, Jason Grilli 25-13, Taylor Buchholz 13-8, Brian Fuentes 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 6-9, Taylor Buchholz 1-2, Brian Fuentes 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 24, Jason Grilli 5, Taylor Buchholz 3, Brian Fuentes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28339
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim Tschida