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Rays turn up power to end Rockies' winning streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki figured if he and the Colorado Rockies were going to lose for the first time in two weeks, they might as well lose big.

The Tampa Bay Rays hit five homers among their franchise-record 11 extra-base hits and smashed Colorado's 11-game winning streak 12-3 on Tuesday night.

"It's not like we can say, 'Oh, it was a close game. If we'd have gotten that clutch hit in the end,"' Tulowitzki reasoned. "They beat us up pretty good. Now, we just start over tomorrow."

Colorado's winning streak was tied with Boston for the longest in the majors this season and also tied for the longest in Rockies' history, matching the mark set during their 21-1 run to the 2007 World Series.

Although they failed to make it an even dozen straight victories and climb back to .500, the Rockies have turned what was looking like a lost season into one in which they believe they'll contend deep into the summer, at least for the wild card.

"I think we've grown more confidence to know we can compete," Tulowitzki said. "But now the bar is set higher."

The longest winning streak in the majors now belongs to the Rays at six games. They got home runs from Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, Gabe Kapler, Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton.

Kapler, who tied his career high by driving in four runs, and Zobrist both finished a double shy of the cycle and Upton was a triple short.

Right-hander Jeff Niemann (6-4) benefited from the offensive outburst. Niemann (6-4) allowed three runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks in five innings in his first career start against the Rockies, who lost for the first time since June 3 at Houston.

"Boy, that was a fun win right there," Zobrist said. "Our pitching pitched well and kept the distance there once we got ahead early and the bats just kept pouring on."

Colorado is now 13-5 under manager Jim Tracy, who replaced Clint Hurdle after an 18-28 start.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said stemming Colorado's winning ways had as much to do with the law of averages as it did with his long ball-laden lineup.

"I know they had been playing at a very high level. It's hard to sustain that for a real long period of time," Maddon said. "... They are very good. The way they were pitching is hard to sustain all of that forever."

Aside from Jason Hammel's start on Sunday being stunted to 5 1/3 innings by a tornado warning and a long rain delay, all of the Rockies' starters had pitched into the seventh inning in June.

Not so Tuesday night. Jorge De La Rosa (2-7) was tagged for seven earned runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings.

After giving up Longoria's 15th home run in the first, De La Rosa allowed a two-run triple to Kapler after third baseman Ian Stewart let his foul ball drop to the grass. Kapler scored on Dioner Navarro's single and Upton added a run-scoring double for 5-0 lead.

"We gave a hitter another pitch and we paid for it," Tracy said. "He hit the double in the gap, and things started to flow their way big-time. It's one extra pitch, and he blistered the ball in the gap."

Kapler sent De La Rosa to the showers with his fourth homer, a shot to left field that made it 7-1 in the third.

Pena hit his 21st homer in the fifth off reliever Josh Fogg and Zobrist connected for his 14th home run two innings later off Randy Flores. Upton made it five long balls with a two-run shot, his fourth, off Matt Daley in the eighth.

Upton said the last thing the Rays expected coming to Coors Field was a blowout like this one.

"We came in here ready to play a tight ball game and scored a lot of runs early," Upton said.

As for three players coming close to the cycle, Upton simply shrugged it off.

"There's wasn't anything unusual about it," he said. "We got some good pitches to hit and didn't miss many of them."

Notes

  • This was the first game since a loss at Houston on June 1 that the Rockies never led.
  • Hammel received his AL championship ring from the Rays on Tuesday, which he proudly showed off to teammates. "First of many, right?" he said.
 
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Carlos Pena hits his 21st homer of the season, part of a five-homer onslaught from the Rays. (AP)
Carlos Pena hits his 21st homer of the season, part of a five-homer onslaught from the Rays. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

G. Kapler
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

J. Niemann
IP 5.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 2
K 2
 
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF5133011 .226
Carl Crawford, LF5010012 .314
Evan Longoria, 3B4111101 .304
Carlos Pena, 1B5111033 .239
Ben Zobrist, 2B5331001 .318
Jason Bartlett, SS4221000 .376
Gabe Kapler, RF4234000 .227
    Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Dillon, PH1000000 .348
    Winston Abreu, P0000000 .000
Dioner Navarro, C5121001 .211
Jeff Niemann, P2000021 .000
   b- Pat Burrell, PH1000011 .239
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
    Gabe Gross, RF1110000 .278
Totals4212171218  
a-grounded out for Balfour in the 9th
b-struck out for Niemann in the 6th
Batting
2B - B.J. Upton (12, De La Rosa), Carl Crawford (12, Daley), Jason Bartlett (12, Flores), Dioner Navarro (9, Fogg), Gabe Gross (7, Daley)
3B - Ben Zobrist (4, De La Rosa), Gabe Kapler (1, De La Rosa)
HR - B.J. Upton (4, Daley), Evan Longoria (15, De La Rosa), Carlos Pena (21, Fogg), Ben Zobrist (14, Flores), Gabe Kapler (4, De La Rosa)
SF - Jason Bartlett (3)
RBI - B.J. Upton 3 (18), Evan Longoria (59), Carlos Pena (49), Ben Zobrist (39), Jason Bartlett (31), Gabe Kapler 4 (15), Dioner Navarro (20)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (19), Ben Zobrist (14), Gabe Kapler (4)
PK - B.J. Upton (3, Fogg)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Pena-Bartlett-Niemann, Zobrist-Bartlett-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Jeff Niemann (W,6-4) 5533220 4.21
Joe Nelson 1.1000130 4.66
Grant Balfour 1.2100110 5.46
Winston Abreu 1211100 9.00
WP - Jeff Niemann (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 96-64, Joe Nelson 23-12, Grant Balfour 23-18, Winston Abreu 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Niemann 6-6, Grant Balfour 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 21, Joe Nelson 5, Grant Balfour 6, Winston Abreu 6
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4012001 .255
Clint Barmes, 2B5021012 .291
Todd Helton, 1B4000012 .312
Brad Hawpe, RF3120110 .342
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010012 .241
Ian Stewart, 3B2001001 .224
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
   a- Omar Quintanilla, PH0100100 .208
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4110011 .194
Chris Iannetta, C2100212 .217
Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .050
    Josh Fogg, P1000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Garrett Atkins, 3B1010100 .208
Totals3048456  
a-walked for Embree in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (16, Abreu), Brad Hawpe 2 (23, Niemann, Balfour)
SF - Dexter Fowler (3), Ian Stewart (2)
SH - Josh Fogg (1)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (17), Clint Barmes (31), Ian Stewart (34)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler (5), Clint Barmes (15)
SB - Troy Tulowitzki (8, 3rd base off Niemann/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (L,2-7) 2.1877142 5.81
Josh Fogg 3.1311021 1.93
Randy Flores 1222011 5.68
Matt Daley 1.1422011 4.05
Alan Embree 1000000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 62-40, Josh Fogg 43-26, Randy Flores 18-12, Matt Daley 26-16, Alan Embree 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 1-2, Josh Fogg 2-5, Matt Daley 2-1, Alan Embree 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 16, Josh Fogg 12, Randy Flores 5, Matt Daley 8, Alan Embree 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28582
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Chad Fairchild