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Colorado (79-60) «10000101x370

Marquis bounces back, helps Rockies win fifth straight

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies had their two best power hitters out of the lineup with stiff backs.

So Eric Young Jr. took it upon himself to provide a little pop, hitting his first career home run in a 3-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

With Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Stewart both out with back ailments, the Rockies went with a makeshift infield. Part of that included Young stepping in at second base.

He certainly stepped up at the plate, not only hitting a solo home run, but scoring after a leadoff double in the first.

"That's why they put me at the top of the lineup, to get something going and hopefully ignite the rest of the lineup," said Young, whose father, Eric, hit the franchise's first home run at old Mile High Stadium. "After the double, the team was excited, and after the home run everyone was excited for me. It made it even more special for me."

The victory was the fifth straight by the Rockies, and moved them 19 games above .500 (79-60) for the first time in franchise history.

It also ensured the NL wild-card leaders of remaining at least two games in front of San Francisco, which played host to San Diego later Tuesday.

Mixing up his sinker and slider, Jason Marquis (15-10) kept the Reds off-balance all night. He allowed one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings. Marquis struck out a season-high seven -- mostly with his slider -- and got 12 groundball outs with his trademark sinker.

"This was quite a step-up performance by Jason tonight," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He had a terrific slider."

And kept using it, waiting for the Reds to adjust.

"I'm a guy that's going to let the game dictate how I pitch," said Marquis, who matched his career-high in victories. "Until they made the adjustment, I wasn't going to make the adjustment."

When they didn't, he stayed with the slider.

"He usually throws a lot more sinkers, but he had his slider working and he'd throw it at any time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Marquis threw an excellent game and that's why he's a 15-game winner, especially in this ballpark."

Marquis ran into trouble in the eighth, giving up leadoff singles to Drew Sutton and Drew Stubbs. After Paul Janish moved the runners up with a dribbler, Marquis was replaced by Randy Flores, who got Joey Votto to hit into a run-scoring groundout for the second out.

Rafael Betancourt entered the game and got Brandon Phillips to hit an inning-ending fly ball. Franklin Morales then made it five consecutive saves filling in for the injured Huston Street by closing out the ninth.

Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez each drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, while Yorvit Torrealba's single in the second extended his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games.

Clint Barmes moved from second over to short to fill in for Tulowitzki, while Garrett Atkins played third in Stewart's absence.

Atkins made a diving stop in the fourth, snaring a grounder in the hole and throwing out Craig Tatum by a half-step at first.

Barmes saved the Rockies a run with his glove in the sixth. With a runner on third, Barmes stopped a grounder up the middle, pirouetted and threw to first to just get Phillips.

Matt Maloney (0-4) was recalled from Double-A Carolina before the game, joining the team for a third stint this season. The left-hander lasted five innings, giving up one run and four hits before leaving with a blister on his middle finger.

"Just decided to come out before it would rip off," Maloney explained. "The most frustrating part is it's probably the best I've thrown since I've been up here."

Pedro Viola made his major league debut in relief of Maloney in the sixth, giving up Young's home run -- a solo shot to left.

"As soon as it hit the bat I knew it had the distance," Young said. "When I came into the dugout and saw my teammates excited for me -- Yorvit was at the top step and gave me a hug -- moments like that, when teammates embrace you, it's a special moment."

Notes

  • The Rockies are 24-10 against the NL Central.
  • Rockies RHP Ubaldo Jimenez tweaked his hamstring running the bases Monday, but he said it was feeling better and doesn't expect to miss a start.
  • The Reds announced after the game that RHP Kip Wells will start Thursday against Colorado.
  • Reds RF Wladimir Balentien was ejected in the ninth after striking out.
 
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Eric Young offers congratulations to fellow game hero Jason Marquis after his 7 1/3 strong innings. (AP)
Eric Young offers congratulations to fellow game hero Jason Marquis after his 7 1/3 strong innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Marquis
IP 7.1
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 7
Colorado

E. Young
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF3010121 .267
Paul Janish, SS3000000 .213
Joey Votto, 1B3001101 .298
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000002 .273
Scott Rolen, 3B3000121 .312
Jonny Gomes, LF4000031 .279
Wladimir Balentien, RF3010121 .233
Craig Tatum, C4010002 .167
Matt Maloney, P1000001 .286
    Pedro Viola, P0000000 .000
   a- Drew Sutton, PH1110000 .180
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
Totals2914149  
a-singled for Viola in the 8th
Batting
SH - Paul Janish (3), Matt Maloney (2)
RBI - Joey Votto (68)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto, Janish-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Maloney (L,0-4) 5411020 5.65
Pedro Viola 2211111 4.50
Danny Herrera 1111010 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Maloney 66-41, Pedro Viola 33-17, Danny Herrera 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Maloney 7-5, Pedro Viola 3-1, Danny Herrera 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Maloney 18, Pedro Viola 8, Danny Herrera 4
Colorado Rockies
Eric Young Jr., 2B3221000 .308
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B0000000 .173
Carlos Gonzalez, CF2001010 .296
Todd Helton, 1B3011010 .325
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000011 .226
Seth Smith, LF3000001 .314
Brad Hawpe, RF2010110 .291
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010001 .286
Clint Barmes, SS3010001 .243
Jason Marquis, P2000001 .193
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1110000 .248
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .400
Totals2537314  
a-doubled for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Young Jr. (1, Maloney), Ryan Spilborghs (21, Herrera)
HR - Eric Young Jr. (1, Viola)
SF - Carlos Gonzalez (3), Todd Helton (8)
SH - Omar Quintanilla (3), Carlos Gonzalez (4)
RBI - Eric Young Jr. (1), Carlos Gonzalez (24), Todd Helton (78)
Team LOB - 3
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis (W,15-10) 7.1411370 3.65
Randy Flores (H,8) 0.1000000 4.66
Rafael Betancourt (H,17) 0.1000000 2.87
Franklin Morales (S,5) 1000120 2.60
WP - Jason Marquis (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 114-65, Randy Flores 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 10-7, Franklin Morales 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 12-3, Randy Flores 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 29, Randy Flores 1, Rafael Betancourt 1, Franklin Morales 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23154
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mark Wegner