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Tulowitzki, Rockies snap Rays' six-game winning streak

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DENVER -- A day after the Tampa Bay Rays ended the longest winning streak in the majors, the Colorado Rockies returned the favor.

Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer and Aaron Cook survived a shaky fifth inning that included homers by Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford as the Rockies snapped the Rays' six-game winning streak with a 5-3 win Wednesday night.

"This was a big game for us," Tulowitzki said. "To win 11 and then to lose how we did yesterday, it was kind of a statement game to come back and say, 'Hey, we're still a good team. It wasn't a fluke that we won 11 games in a row.'"

The Rockies, who saw their long winning streak come to a halt Tuesday with a 12-4 loss to the Rays, have won 14 of 19 since Jim Tracy took over as manager last month.

Cook (6-3) tied Colorado's franchise record with his 58th career win, a mark set by Jason Jennings.

"It's pretty special, but I don't want it to end there," said Cook, who yielded three runs on eight hits in seven innings and induced 11 groundball outs.

"We had opportunities, just not enough," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He kept putting the ball on the ground against us."

Manny Corpas pitched a perfect eighth and Huston Street pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

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Rookie left-hander David Price (1-1) surrendered five earned runs on 10 hits in seven innings but couldn't keep the Rays from losing for just the second time in eight interleague games, allowing Tulowitzki's big shot and another by Chris Iannetta.

"I left some pitches up and they hit them out," said Price, who explained that he watched the flight of the homers because "they were no-doubters. I wanted to see how far they would travel."

In his sixth big league start, Price, who had walked 18 batters in his first 19 innings, didn't walk anyone and struck out five.

"He was much better," Maddon said. "After the home run by Tulowitzki, he pitched really well for the rest of the game. I liked that he threw more sliders for strikes. He even threw a change-up toward the end. His fastball command was much better."

The Rockies jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to Tulowitzki's ninth homer and Clint Barmes' sacrifice fly that scored Iannetta, who had doubled, from third.

Price, the first overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft who earned national acclaim when he pitched out of the bullpen during the playoffs last season, settled down and the Rays made a game of it.

Pat Burrell started in right field for the Rays thanks to his 11-for-16 career mark against Cook -- "I'd be an idiot to not have him in the lineup," Maddon declared.

The no-brainer move paid off when Burrell sliced a single to right field in the fourth, scoring Carlos Pena from third base to cut Colorado's lead to 4-1.

Cook got the better of his nemesis in a crucial at-bat later in the game as Burrell finished 1 for 3.

"He pitched me pretty tough tonight," Burrell said. "He threw strikes and attacked the zone. We didn't make a game of it."

After Iannetta led off the bottom of the fourth with his ninth homer to make it 5-1, Carl Crawford (fourth) and Evan Longoria (16th) hit back-to-back shots off Cook with two outs in the fifth to make it 5-3.

Pena then drew a walk and second baseman Barmes' double error -- a bobble and then an overthrow to first on Ben Zobrist's groundball -- put runners at second and third with Burrell coming up.

Cook kept the ball down and off the plate and Burrell still managed to send it to the warning track in right field.

"I know he tends to see the ball really well off me, so I wasn't trying to fool him as much as I was just making a good, quality pitch," Cook said.

Notes

  • Rockies RHP Taylor Buchholz underwent Tommy John-style ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined a year.
  • Crawford and Longoria also went deep back-to-back on May 7 against the Yankees.
  • Rays SS Jason Bartlett extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games.
  • Price collected his first major league hit with an infield single in the third.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki rips a three-run blast as the Rockies improve to 14-5 under Jim Tracy.  (US Presswire)
Troy Tulowitzki rips a three-run blast as the Rockies improve to 14-5 under Jim Tracy. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4000012 .222
Carl Crawford, LF4111002 .313
Evan Longoria, 3B4121012 .308
Carlos Pena, 1B3110111 .240
Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF4000011 .310
Pat Burrell, RF4011012 .240
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
Jason Bartlett, SS4010001 .373
Michel Hernandez, C3010002 .283
   a- Gabe Kapler, PH1000000 .225
David Price, P3010000 .333
    Willy Aybar, 2B1000000 .272
Totals3538315  
a-grounded out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (13, Cook)
HR - Carl Crawford (6, Cook), Evan Longoria (16, Cook)
RBI - Carl Crawford (30), Evan Longoria (60), Pat Burrell (18)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (15), Evan Longoria (20)
SB - Pat Burrell (2, 2nd base off Cook/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (L,1-1) 71055052 3.46
Dan Wheeler 1100010 4.57
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 99-70, Dan Wheeler 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 4-11
Batters Faced - David Price 30, Dan Wheeler 4
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4020001 .260
Clint Barmes, 2B3011011 .292
Todd Helton, 1B4000013 .307
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000001 .205
    Ian Stewart, 3B1000000 .222
Brad Hawpe, RF4110020 .340
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4130000 .269
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4113022 .241
Chris Iannetta, C3221000 .228
Aaron Cook, P2000001 .143
   a- Seth Smith, PH1010000 .288
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals33511506  
a-singled for Cook in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Iannetta (7, Price)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (9, Price), Chris Iannetta (9, Price)
SF - Clint Barmes (3)
RBI - Clint Barmes (32), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (25), Chris Iannetta (23)
SB - Ryan Spilborghs (7, 2nd base off Wheeler/Hernandez)
CS - Dexter Fowler (5, 2nd base by Price/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cook-Barmes-Helton
E - Clint Barmes 2 (6, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (W,6-3) 7833132 4.23
Manny Corpas (H,6) 1000020 5.58
Huston Street (S,14) 1000000 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 111-73, Manny Corpas 14-7, Huston Street 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 13-5, Huston Street 2-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 30, Manny Corpas 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26460
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - John Hirschbeck