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Colorado (39-35) «21220400011161
Oakland (31-42)0020001249140

Rockies 11, Athletics 9

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Colorado Rockies have been the hottest team in baseball the past three weeks, and Brad Hawpe isn't surprised.

"Everybody's taking good at-bats and nobody's giving at-bats away," Hawpe said after hitting his 100th career home run in the Rockies' 11-9 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

"We had talent," he added. "We just weren't putting it together [earlier] and we weren't playing to our potential."

Hawpe's two-run homer in the first inning was one of four hit by Colorado's surging offense against the struggling A's, all off Oakland starter Trevor Cahill. The Rockies are 19-3 since June 4.

Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes and Seth Smith all hit solo shots for the Rockies, who homered for the ninth time in 10 games. Colorado has 20 homers overall during that stretch.

The power surge helped the Rockies build an 11-2 lead after six innings before the A's rallied for seven runs off three Colorado relievers over the final three innings to make it close.

"We obviously made it interesting at the end, but I don't know that you can play better baseball than we played the first six-plus innings of that game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Through the first six innings, there was not a phase of our game we didn't excel at."

Every Colorado starter had at least one hit and all but two drove in at least one run. Barmes went 3 for 5 and scored twice while five other players had two hits apiece to help the Rockies.

Colorado also improved to 21-7 since Tracy replaced Clint Hurdle as manager.

Jorge De La Rosa (4-7) gave up two runs and five hits to earn his fourth win in his last five starts after going winless in his first 10 games. The left-hander struck out five and retired 11 of the last 13 batters he faced.

Huston Street worked the ninth for his 18th save after Colorado's bullpen blew most of an 11-2 lead.

Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 5 with two RBI for the A's, who have lost four straight and 12 of 17 overall. Oakland scored seven runs off three Colorado relievers over the final three innings to make it close, but dropped to 5-12 in interleague play.

"We've seen it a lot, but, obviously, it was too little too late, but I thought that the way they came back right at the end just shows the heart," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "Unfortunately we gave up four home runs and we were down 11-2 at one time and it's pretty tough coming back from that kind of deficit."

Hawpe hit his 12th homer of the season off Cahill (5-6) in the first, a two-run shot that landed in the second deck of the Coliseum. Stewart then homered leading off the second before Barmes' homer in the third made it 4-0. Todd Helton walked following Barmes' homer and later scored on a wild pitch.

After Oakland cut the lead to 5-2 in the third on Suzuki's two-run single, Colorado scored twice more in the fourth to chase Cahill. Carlos Gonzalez tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly, then Smith lined a homer over the wall in right-center.

That was sufficient for De La Rosa, who retired nine straight after Suzuki's hit in the third.

"What he did early in the game, which is what makes him very, very effective, he was very good locating his fastball for strikes early in the game," Tracy said. "He did start to pitch behind a little bit, but he was able to get back into some counts and make some pitches."

Cahill, who won his previous three decisions, lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits. It's the rookie right-hander's first loss since May 27. He's the first Oakland pitcher to give up four home runs in one game since Barry Zito allowed four in a 14-0 loss to Texas on Aug. 9, 2006.

The Rockies batted around and scored four times in the sixth to go up 11-2 when Tracy handed the game over to his bullpen. But Colorado's relievers struggled to hold on, giving up one run in the seventh, two in the eighth and four in the ninth before Street retired three of the four batters he faced to end the uprising.

Notes

Oakland 2B Mark Ellis is scheduled to come off the disabled list and be in the A's lineup Sunday. Ellis has been on the DL with a strained left calf since April 29. ... A's DH Nomar Garciaparra went 1 for 3 in his first start since coming off the DL on June 12.
 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Barmes
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Oakland

K. Suzuki
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Seth Smith, LF4211110 .302
Clint Barmes, 2B5231003 .286
Todd Helton, 1B4222102 .320
Brad Hawpe, RF3122100 .336
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF1000011 .261
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5021011 .261
Ian Stewart, 3B4111013 .214
   b- Omar Quintanilla, PH-3B1000011 .214
Garrett Atkins, DH-1B5020010 .230
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5220013 .200
Paul Phillips, C4111022 .325
Totals411116939  
a-struck out for Hawpe in the 8th
b-struck out for Stewart in the 9th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (20, Springer), Paul Phillips (2, E. Gonzalez)
3B - Carlos Gonzalez (1, Cahill)
HR - Seth Smith (6, Cahill), Clint Barmes (9, Cahill), Brad Hawpe (12, Cahill), Ian Stewart (14, Cahill)
SF - Paul Phillips (1)
RBI - Seth Smith (17), Clint Barmes (38), Todd Helton 2 (53), Brad Hawpe 2 (55), Troy Tulowitzki (31), Ian Stewart (39), Paul Phillips (7)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (6), Todd Helton 2 (23), Brad Hawpe 2 (31), Troy Tulowitzki (4)
SB - Clint Barmes (6, 2nd base off Cahill/Suzuki), Troy Tulowitzki (10, 3rd base off Cahill/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gonzalez 1
E - Ryan Spilborghs (3, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (W,4-7) 6522250 5.64
Matt Daley 1211120 4.60
Alan Embree 0.1322100 7.08
Juan Rincon 0.2443000 6.23
Huston Street (S,18) 1000110 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 96-61, Matt Daley 31-23, Alan Embree 24-14, Juan Rincon 15-13, Huston Street 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 9-3, Matt Daley 1-0, Juan Rincon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 24, Matt Daley 6, Alan Embree 5, Juan Rincon 6, Huston Street 4
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 2B-3B5121002 .294
Kurt Suzuki, C5122012 .280
Matt Holliday, LF3010113 .274
    Ryan Sweeney, LF1110000 .252
Nomar Garciaparra, DH3010002 .254
   a- Landon Powell, PH-DH2112000 .193
Jason Giambi, 1B3000012 .201
    Daric Barton, 1B1210100 .118
Orlando Cabrera, SS3010022 .244
    Jack Hannahan, 3B-2B2110001 .193
Jack Cust, RF3111210 .228
Bobby Crosby, 3B-SS4022000 .197
Rajai Davis, CF4100125 .231
Totals39914858  
a-lined out for Garciaparra in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (19, Rincon), Landon Powell (5, Rincon), Daric Barton (2, Rincon)
SF - Bobby Crosby (4)
RBI - Adam Kennedy (25), Kurt Suzuki 2 (30), Landon Powell 2 (15), Jack Cust (38), Bobby Crosby 2 (19)
SB - Adam Kennedy (7, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Phillips), Kurt Suzuki (4, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Phillips)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Giambi
Oakland Athletics
Trevor Cahill (L,5-6) 3.2877124 4.23
Edgar Gonzalez 2544210 5.61
Craig Breslow 1.1000010 4.34
Russ Springer 1100020 5.40
Michael Wuertz 1200030 2.86
IBB - Smith by Edgar Gonzalez
WP - Trevor Cahill (2), Edgar Gonzalez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 82-45, Edgar Gonzalez 64-40, Craig Breslow 16-11, Russ Springer 18-13, Michael Wuertz 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 4-4, Edgar Gonzalez 3-2, Craig Breslow 1-2
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 19, Edgar Gonzalez 13, Craig Breslow 4, Russ Springer 4, Michael Wuertz 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18624
Game Time - 3:44
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg