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Stewart breaks tie with homer, Rox snap Reds' win streak at seven

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies escaped with a win on Ian Stewart's tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning.

Now, they're hoping to avoid a bigger loss -- Troy Tulowitzki.

The NL wild card-leading Rockies rallied for a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday despite losing their smooth-fielding shortstop.

Tulowitzki left the game in the seventh with a strained lower back after hitting a game-tying single. He's listed as day to day.

"I'm not sure what happened. I took a swing and I felt a little something and felt like I was a little locked up," Tulowitzki said. "I'm a little sore right now and tight. Maybe I'll wake up and feel good to go [Tuesday]."

Tulowitzki tried to convince manager Jim Tracy that he could remain in the game. He nearly succeeded too, until Tracy saw him jog down the first-base line to test his back and favoring it.

Tracy decided to insert Omar Quintanilla, not wanting to take a risk.

"You can't lose this guy for an extended period of time," Tracy said.

The Rockies ended Cincinnati's seven-game winning streak and maintained their two-game cushion over the San Francisco Giants, who kept pace by beating San Diego on Monday.

Stewart delivered the big blow, hitting a solo shot off reliever Carlos Fisher (1-1) for his 23rd homer of the season. Fisher, who was called up Monday from Class A Sarasota, said he threw a two-seam fastball that stayed over the heart of the plate.

"I let the team down," Fisher said.

The homer was a measure of revenge for Stewart, who struck out earlier this season against Fisher in Cincinnati.

"I put a pretty good swing on it," Stewart said.

That was the first time all day. Stewart struck out in three previous trips to the plate.

Rafael Betancourt (2-1) earned the win with a perfect eighth, while Franklin Morales, filling in for the injured Huston Street, pitched out of a jam to pick up his fourth save in five chances.

Morales, however, certainly didn't make things easy.

The Reds had two on and none out in the ninth, but Morales induced Jonny Gomes to fly out and then Scott Rolen was thrown out on the back end of a double-steal attempt.

The Rockies were ready for just such a scenario.

"I don't want to sit in my dugout and be surprised," Tracy said. "I want to be prepared. We had a plan of attack."

That blueprint included throwing behind the lead runner, not going after the speedy Brandon Phillips, who was trying to steal third.

Still, it took a sensational scoop by Clint Barmes to pluck Chris Iannetta's throw from the dirt and tag out Rolen.

"There wasn't a steal sign," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "[Phillips] has a green light. [Rolen] had a big lead and when he saw Brandon run ... they made a good play. That was a key play because we had Morales on the ropes."

Yet Morales wiggled out of trouble, striking out Darnell McDonald to end the game.

Ubaldo Jimenez went six innings in the no-decision, marking the 25th consecutive start he's gone at least six. His three runs allowed, though, were the most since July 27 against the Mets in New York.

After the game, the flamethrower said he tweaked his left hamstring running the bases and that it affected his fastball. So Jimenez went with a steady diet of breaking pitches.

Jimenez said he doesn't expect to miss his next start.

"No, no, no," he said. "I'll get better."

The Rockies were thrown out twice at home plate Monday, once when Brad Hawpe tried to score from third on a pitch that got away from catcher Corky Miller and again when Carlos Gonzalez tried to score from first on Todd Helton's RBI single.

No matter, Stewart's blast made up for the baserunning mistakes.

"It's obviously a great game to win, a great game to come back to win," Tracy said.

Notes

  • Baker said before the game he had no update on the status of RHP Micah Owings, who left the game Sunday after being hit in the helmet by Atlanta pitcher Kenshin Kawakami.
  • Gomes hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 18th of the season.
  • Reds RHP Homer Bailey gave up one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
 
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Ian Stewart breaks a 3-3 tie with a solo shot off reliever Carlos Fisher in the eighth inning.  (Getty Images)
Ian Stewart breaks a 3-3 tie with a solo shot off reliever Carlos Fisher in the eighth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

I. Stewart
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

J. Gomes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF3000121 .264
Paul Janish, SS4110001 .217
Joey Votto, 1B3010110 .301
Brandon Phillips, 2B4020001 .275
Scott Rolen, 3B3121111 .315
Jonny Gomes, LF4112004 .284
Darnell McDonald, RF4000032 .221
Corky Miller, C3010010 .176
Homer Bailey, P2000011 .074
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   a- Kevin Barker, PH1000000 .350
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
Totals3138339  
a-grounded out for Masset in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jonny Gomes (18, Jimenez)
RBI - Scott Rolen (52), Jonny Gomes 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen (19), Jonny Gomes 2 (16)
CS - Drew Stubbs (3, 2nd base by Jimenez/Iannetta), Scott Rolen (4, 2nd base by Morales/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Darnell McDonald 1
E - Homer Bailey (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey 5.2511560 5.60
Nick Masset (H,13) 0.1000000 2.67
Arthur Rhodes (BS,2) 1222110 2.76
Carlos Fisher (L,1-1) 0.2211001 4.18
Danny Herrera 0.1000000 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 117-71, Arthur Rhodes 21-13, Carlos Fisher 12-8, Danny Herrera 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 1-9, Arthur Rhodes 1-1, Carlos Fisher 2-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, Arthur Rhodes 6, Carlos Fisher 4, Danny Herrera 1
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF4110111 .299
Seth Smith, LF3010022 .318
Todd Helton, 1B3012001 .325
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3011101 .281
    Omar Quintanilla, PR-SS0000000 .173
Brad Hawpe, RF1000311 .290
Ian Stewart, 3B4111034 .235
Clint Barmes, 2B4010003 .243
Chris Iannetta, C2010100 .225
Ubaldo Jimenez, P2110003 .245
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH0000000 .228
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Young Jr., PH1110000 .261
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000001 .246
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .400
Totals2849467  
a-?? for Jimenez in the 6th
b-singled for Daley in the 7th
c-grounded out for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (17, Bailey)
HR - Ian Stewart (23, Fisher)
SF - Todd Helton (7)
SH - Seth Smith (1), Chris Iannetta (1)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (77), Troy Tulowitzki (75), Ian Stewart (64)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (30), Troy Tulowitzki (20)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton, Barmes-Tulowitzki
E - Seth Smith (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez 6633351 3.32
Matt Daley 1000010 3.70
Rafael Betancourt (W,3-3) 1000020 2.89
Franklin Morales (S,4) 1200010 2.67
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 86-52, Matt Daley 10-8, Rafael Betancourt 14-9, Franklin Morales 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-5, Matt Daley 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 24, Matt Daley 3, Rafael Betancourt 3, Franklin Morales 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40357
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski