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Colorado at Arizona

Colorado (5-8) «0210040209152
Arizona (5-9)0220200006111

Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 6 wire reports

PHOENIX -- Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said Todd Helton "was born to hit."

The Arizona Diamondbacks can attest to that.

Helton broke out of an early slump with three hits, including his first home run, and drove in three runs as the Colorado Rockies rallied for a 9-6 victory against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Helton entered the night hitting .231, 97 points below his career average. He singled twice and added a two-run shot off Jon Rauch in the eighth.

"To me, he's not in a slump," Hurdle said. "He just needs at-bats. He puts a lot of responsibility on himself and a lot of pressure on himself. I've always believed he was going to hit. He's just one of those guys, he was born to hit.

"This is the kind of game you're looking for to get him off and running, though," Hurdle said.

Garrett Atkins also had three hits for the Rockies, who overcame a 6-3 deficit in the sixth inning and snapped a four-game losing streak.

"We showed some grit tonight, some resolve," Hurdle said.

Matt Belisle (1-0) retired all five batters he faced, and Manny Corpas pitched the ninth for his first save in two chances.

This is Colorado's second trip to the desert this season. By the time they leave Wednesday, the Rockies will have played twice as many games at Chase Field (six) as they have in Coors Field.

Eleven of Colorado's first 14 games are on the road. But the Rockies aren't using the schedule as an alibi for their slow start.

"I think the biggest thing is to keep grinding," Belisle said.

The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, are grinding their teeth after falling into last place in the NL West. Arizona is 5-9, and only the hapless Washington Nationals have more losses, with 10.

"It gets a little frustrating for all the guys, but we've got to keep battling," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said.

Chris Young, Eric Byrnes and Mark Reynolds each hit a home run for the Diamondbacks, who have followed all five of their victories with a loss.

Down 6-3 in the sixth, the Rockies rallied against the Arizona bullpen. The first run scored on a double-play groundout by Ryan Spilborghs and another came in on an RBI single by Helton before Brad Hawpe lined a two-run, two-out single to center off Juan Gutierrez (0-1).

"We've struggled all year with guys in scoring position," Helton said. "You don't want to make too big an issue out of that, then guys start thinking about it when they're up there hitting. To battle back and get some key hits like that, after we'd struggled a couple times earlier, hopefully it'll be a big lift for us."

Arizona starter Yusmeiro Petit, filling in for injured ace Brandon Webb, spotted the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the second on singles by Yorvit Torrealba and starting pitcher Franklin Morales.

After Morales gave up solo home runs to Young and Byrnes on back-to-back pitches in the second, Colorado took a 3-2 lead on Ian Stewart's RBI single in the third.

Morales left after straining his shoulder as he warmed up in the bottom of the third inning.

Morales allowed two runs on three hits in two innings, striking out three. He was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day.

Glendon Rusch relieved Morales and allowed consecutive hits to Felipe Lopez, Augie Ojeda and Conor Jackson to open the third as the Diamondbacks took a 4-3 lead.

After Jackson led off the fifth with a single, Reynolds hit a two-run shot off Rusch, his fourth, to put the Diamondbacks up 6-3.

Petit left after five innings. He gave up two earned runs, walked one and struck out four.

But the Diamondbacks' bullpen couldn't make his lead stand up.

"We had a little hiccup in the middle there, giving up runs," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.


Arizona RHP Webb, on the 15-day DL with a tight pitching shoulder, reported no pain in a 33-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. Webb will throw again in the bullpen on Friday, and then the club will decide if he needs a rehab start before returning to the rotation. ... Arizona SS Stephen Drew missed his fourth consecutive start with a tight left hamstring, but he drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and stayed in the game.

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Players of the Game

M. Reynolds
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

T. Helton
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4110103 .263
Ryan Spilborghs, LF5000002 .229
Todd Helton, 1B5333000 .273
Garrett Atkins, 3B5130000 .231
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF4112114 .268
Ian Stewart, 2B-3B5011034 .345
Clint Barmes, SS3110014 .263
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000000 .071
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Troy Tulowitzki, SS1000000 .214
Yorvit Torrealba, C4121110 .286
Franklin Morales, P1011000 .667
    Glendon Rusch, P1010000 .333
    Omar Quintanilla, SS-2B3110011 .143
a-flied out for Belisle in the 7th
2B - Dexter Fowler (2, Rauch), Garrett Atkins 2 (3, Petit, Gutierrez), Glendon Rusch (1, Petit), Omar Quintanilla (1, Korecky)
HR - Todd Helton (1, Rauch)
RBI - Todd Helton 3 (8), Brad Hawpe 2 (11), Ian Stewart (8), Yorvit Torrealba (2), Franklin Morales (1)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (3), Brad Hawpe 2 (7), Ian Stewart (4), Yorvit Torrealba (1), Franklin Morales (1)
Team LOB - 9
E - Dexter Fowler (1, Misplayed grounder), Brad Hawpe (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Franklin Morales 2322032 3.38
Glendon Rusch 2.1744111 7.04
Matt Belisle (W,1-0) 1.2000000 14.40
Huston Street (H,1) 1000010 7.94
Jason Grilli (H,2) 0.1000200 1.35
Alan Embree (H,2) 0.2000010 9.00
Manny Corpas (S,1) 1100000 5.68
WP - Alan Embree (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 33-20, Glendon Rusch 59-35, Matt Belisle 24-16, Huston Street 15-9, Jason Grilli 16-5, Alan Embree 7-6, Manny Corpas 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glendon Rusch 2-4, Huston Street 1-1, Alan Embree 1-0, Manny Corpas 2-1
Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 9, Glendon Rusch 15, Matt Belisle 5, Huston Street 3, Jason Grilli 3, Alan Embree 2, Manny Corpas 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B5130002 .373
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Augie Ojeda, SS-2B5110003 .391
Conor Jackson, 1B-LF5121001 .204
Mark Reynolds, 3B5122032 .289
Chris Young, CF5111002 .204
Eric Byrnes, LF-RF3111101 .138
Justin Upton, RF3000011 .167
    Bobby Korecky, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   a- Stephen Drew, PH-SS0000100 .222
Miguel Montero, C3010111 .167
Yusmeiro Petit, P2000001 .000
    Chad Tracy, 1B1000000 .297
   b- Tony Clark, PH-1B1000012 .158
a-walked for Rauch in the 8th
b-struck out for Tracy in the 8th
2B - Augie Ojeda (3, Rusch)
HR - Mark Reynolds (4, Rusch), Chris Young (2, Morales), Eric Byrnes (2, Morales)
RBI - Conor Jackson (8), Mark Reynolds 2 (9), Chris Young (4), Eric Byrnes (4)
SB - Eric Byrnes (1, 2nd base off Belisle/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Ojeda-F. Lopez-Tracy
E - Conor Jackson (2, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Yusmeiro Petit 5832140 6.00
Bobby Korecky (H,1) 0.2122200 10.13
Doug Slaten0111000 6.00
Juan Gutierrez (BS,1; L,0-1) 1.1211020 4.15
Jon Rauch 1222001 12.00
Scott Schoeneweis 1100010 3.18
WP - Juan Gutierrez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 90-57, Bobby Korecky 18-7, Doug Slaten 5-3, Juan Gutierrez 25-16, Jon Rauch 22-17, Scott Schoeneweis 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 4-8, Bobby Korecky 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 25, Bobby Korecky 4, Doug Slaten 1, Juan Gutierrez 6, Jon Rauch 5, Scott Schoeneweis 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25411
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Ron Kulpa