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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies are finally out of the NL West basement.

The defending National League champions are not quite, however, out of the deep hole they dug for themselves.

Jorge De La Rosa struck out a career-high 10 and Willy Taveras had three hits and scored twice, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians and a sweep of the three-game series.

De La Rosa (2-3) overcame a shaky start to surrender just three runs in six innings and walked one. Indians starter Jeremy Sowers (0-2) struck out four and didn't walk a batter in six innings of work.

The Rockies' 11th victory in their past 15 games moved them out of last place in the NL West for the first time since May 28. Colorado is tied for third with San Francisco, eight games behind first-place Arizona and a half game ahead of last-place San Diego in the West.

"Momentum is building, confidence is building," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's not that we didn't believe in ourselves, but we've been playing better. Everybody's contributing."

The Rockies are getting better results from their rotation. Since falling to 18 games below .500 on June 2, Colorado's starters are 8-3.

"Whenever you can pitch a close game, you have a chance to win," Taveras said.

De La Rosa kept the game close after he gave up a two-run homer to Ben Francisco in the first inning, allowing two hits over his final five innings.

"The first couple of innings he was trying a little too hard," Hurdle said. "Once he got through the first, he got into a rhythm. He gave us what we needed."

De La Rosa had his second straight solid start after being moved to the bullpen following a bad outing against Philadelphia on May 26.

"I was working with (pitching coach Bob) Apodaca on the side to command my fastball much better," De La Rosa said. "I think that was the key."

The left-hander came up with a big strikeout of Sowers in the fourth inning to end a threat, and his only mistake after that was giving up a solo homer to Casey Blake in the sixth.

By then, the Rockies' offense had kicked in. Matt Holliday had two RBI singles to help give Colorado a 3-2 lead before Blake homered to tie it. Jeff Baker responded by homering for the third consecutive game to give the Rockies 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Colorado added some insurance in the seventh on RBI singles by Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe.

Brian Fuentes pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save.

It was the Indians' fourth loss in five games.

"We are disappointed," Blake said. "We were playing pretty good baseball and certainly didn't expect to come in here and not win a game. I felt we were in every game."

Things looked good for Cleveland early. Grady Sizemore led off the game by beating out a grounder to second, and after stealing second, Francisco homered to left center to give Cleveland its first lead in the three-game series.

The Rockies got a run back in the bottom of the first when Holliday singled home Omar Quintanilla from second.

Colorado tied the game in the fourth when Atkins led off with an infield single, Hawpe hit a one-out double and Yorvit Torrealba singled to shortstop to score Atkins.

It was the type of clutch hitting the Rockies had been missing earlier in this season, but they're not getting complacent about their recent success.

"I'm not sure if we're comfortable," Baker said. "Baseball will kick you in the teeth real quick. We're still in a big hole. We're trying to win series and see if we can get out of it."

Notes

  • Indians DH Travis Hafner had his injured right shoulder re-examined Wednesday and it was determined that surgery was not needed. He will continue strengthening exercises.
  • Rockies first-round pick, LHP Christian Friedrich, was in attendance Thursday night.
  • Taveras stole his NL-leading 32nd base in the third inning.
 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Cleveland

C. Blake
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4110031 .266
Jamey Carroll, 2B4000011 .278
Ben Francisco, LF4112011 .302
Ryan Garko, 1B3000010 .258
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000011 .227
Casey Blake, 3B4131011 .263
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4000022 .243
Kelly Shoppach, C2000111 .223
Jeremy Sowers, P1000012 .000
   a- Shin-Soo Choo, PH1000000 .311
    Masahide Kobayashi, P0000000 .000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Totals31353112  
a-grounded out for Sowers in the 7th
Batting
2B - Casey Blake 2 (17, De La Rosa, Fuentes)
HR - Ben Francisco (5, De La Rosa), Casey Blake (7, De La Rosa)
SH - Jeremy Sowers (1)
RBI - Ben Francisco 2 (26), Casey Blake (42)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (17)
SB - Grady Sizemore (17, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Torrealba)
CS - Ben Francisco (3, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Franklin Gutierrez 1
DP - Peralta-Carroll-Garko
PB - Kelly Shoppach (5)
E - Casey Blake (9, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Sowers (L,0-2) 61043041 6.57
Masahide Kobayashi 1322200 3.19
Joe Borowski 1100010 7.50
IBB - Holliday by Masahide Kobayashi, by Baker
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Sowers 94-67, Masahide Kobayashi 20-8, Joe Borowski 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Sowers 8-5, Masahide Kobayashi 1-1, Joe Borowski 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Sowers 27, Masahide Kobayashi 7, Joe Borowski 4
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5230001 .249
Omar Quintanilla, SS4110012 .271
Matt Holliday, LF3122111 .329
Garrett Atkins, 3B4121002 .311
Jeff Baker, 1B3111102 .278
Brad Hawpe, RF4021010 .255
Yorvit Torrealba, C4021002 .242
Doug Bernier, 2B4000013 .000
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000012 .000
   a- Scott Podsednik, PH1000001 .237
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1010000 .296
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals35614625  
a-grounded out for De La Rosa in the 6th
b-doubled for Buchholz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (8, Sowers), Yorvit Torrealba (12, Sowers), Ryan Spilborghs (9, Borowski)
HR - Jeff Baker (4, Sowers)
SH - Omar Quintanilla (5)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (33), Garrett Atkins (41), Jeff Baker (18), Brad Hawpe (28), Yorvit Torrealba (18)
SB - Willy Taveras (32, 2nd base off Sowers/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 8
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (W,2-3) 64331102 6.52
Manny Corpas (H,1) 1000010 6.19
Taylor Buchholz (H,15) 1000000 1.43
Brian Fuentes (S,13) 1100010 2.05
IBB - Shoppach by Jorge De La Rosa
HBP - Garko (by Jorge De La Rosa), Shoppach (by Jorge De La Rosa)
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 106-66, Manny Corpas 12-8, Taylor Buchholz 8-5, Brian Fuentes 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 8-0, Manny Corpas 1-1, Taylor Buchholz 2-1, Brian Fuentes 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 25, Manny Corpas 3, Taylor Buchholz 3, Brian Fuentes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33174
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jim Joyce