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Smith's two-out, two-run hit pushes Rockies past Reds in ninth

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies are starting to show everyone 2007 was no fluke.

Seth Smith hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning to give the surging Rockies a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Colorado won its sixth straight game and extended its NL wild-card lead to four games over San Francisco, which lost 4-2 to San Diego.

The Rockies won 14 of their last 15 games in 2007 to win the wild card on their way to their first World Series. They have a different manager and the players say things are different than two years ago, but they keep playing like the '07 NL champions.

 Reds activate catcher Hanigan from DL

"It's never say die here," starter Jason Hammel said. "I honestly don't believe we understand how much pressure is there right now and I don't think we even care."

The walk-off win, Colorado's sixth this season, had the Reds shaking their heads.

"The last two or three years they have some sort of magic here at home," starter Bronson Arroyo said. "They don't go down very easily. If it's close they just give themselves a chance."

Clint Barmes started the winning rally with a one-out double off All-Star closer Francisco Cordero (2-5). Pinch-hitters Jason Giambi and Ryan Spilborghs walked before Cordero struck out Carlos Gonzalez to bring Smith to the plate.

Smith fouled off four pitches before lining a base hit off second baseman Brandon Phillips to drive in Barmes and pinch-runner Jason Marquis.

"The ball was kind of rolling around and I see Marquis rounding third and coming for home," Barmes said.

The Rockies mobbed Smith at first base in celebration.

"The at-bat that our guy had with two outs was phenomenal," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He was fouling off pitches that would strike people out. That was just a heck of an at-bat."

Smith is hitting .471 in the first nine games of the 10-game homestand.

"It's a feeling that only comes along for maybe a week or two in a season," he said. "That's what the great ones do, [Albert] Pujols, Todd [Helton], they stay in that zone for an entire season. That's what the rest of us are trying to get to. I've had a good week but there's 20-something weeks in a season."

The Rockies blew a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Darnell McDonald and pinch-hitter Kevin Barker had RBI doubles and Scott Rolen put Cincinnati in front with a leadoff homer in the ninth, his second with the Reds.

"God, we played good tonight," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "And they took it from us."

Hammel pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and three hits. He retired 20 of 21 batters after Paul Janish's one-out double in the first.

Matt Daley (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the Rockies, getting the win despite allowing Rolen's homer.

The Rockies took the lead in the third. Eric Young Jr. and Gonzalez led off with singles to put runners at the corners and Smith followed with a sacrifice fly.

Gonzalez stole second, moved to third on Helton's fly to right and scored on Garrett Atkins' single to center.

"They pushed the two across to get the lead and their starter held it up nice for a while" Arroyo said. "For us to come back and tie it like that was huge."

Arroyo gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Notes

  • Colorado played without SS Troy Tulowitzki and 3B Ian Stewart, both out with stiff lower backs. Tracy said they could return to the lineup Thursday.
  • The Rockies (80-60) are 20 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history.
  • Colorado C Yorvit Torrealba's hitting streak ended at 16 games.
  • The Rockies activated OF Dexter Fowler from the 15-day DL.
  • The Reds activated C Ryan Hanigan from the 15-day DL.
 
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Somewhere in the middle of the Rockies' mob is hero Seth Smith, who helps Colorado win its sixth straight.  (AP)
Somewhere in the middle of the Rockies' mob is hero Seth Smith, who helps Colorado win its sixth straight. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

S. Rolen
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF3000110 .258
Paul Janish, SS4010002 .214
Joey Votto, 1B3000131 .296
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000014 .271
Scott Rolen, 3B4111010 .312
Wladimir Balentien, LF3110120 .234
Darnell McDonald, RF4111021 .222
Corky Miller, C2000011 .171
   a- Drew Sutton, PH0000000 .180
    Ryan Hanigan, C1000000 .271
Bronson Arroyo, P2000000 .113
   b- Kevin Barker, PH1011000 .381
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals31353311  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Miller in the 8th
b-doubled for Arroyo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Paul Janish (12, Hammel), Wladimir Balentien (16, Hammel), Darnell McDonald (3, Hammel), Kevin Barker (2, Betancourt)
HR - Scott Rolen (10, Daley)
SH - Drew Sutton (1)
RBI - Scott Rolen (53), Darnell McDonald (7), Kevin Barker (3)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Paul Janish (3, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo 7522240 4.17
Arthur Rhodes 0.2100000 2.72
Nick Masset 0.1000100 2.66
Francisco Cordero (BS,3; L,2-5) 0.2222210 2.44
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 100-65, Arthur Rhodes 9-4, Nick Masset 9-3, Francisco Cordero 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 9-8, Nick Masset 1-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 28, Arthur Rhodes 3, Nick Masset 2, Francisco Cordero 6
Colorado Rockies
Eric Young Jr., 2B4110000 .300
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B-3B0000000 .173
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH0000100 .248
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5110023 .294
Seth Smith, LF4023000 .317
Todd Helton, 1B3020101 .327
    Dexter Fowler, PR0000000 .270
    Mike McCoy, 2B0000000 .000
Garrett Atkins, 3B-1B3011103 .227
Brad Hawpe, RF3000113 .289
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000011 .278
Clint Barmes, SS4110010 .243
Jason Hammel, P3000001 .130
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Giambi, PH0000100 .197
    Jason Marquis, PR0100000 .193
Totals3348455  
a-walked for Quintanilla in the 9th
b-walked for Daley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Clint Barmes (27, Cordero)
SF - Seth Smith (3)
RBI - Seth Smith 3 (51), Garrett Atkins (41)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith 2 (14), Garrett Atkins (23)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (12, 2nd base off Arroyo/Miller)
Team LOB - 9
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel 7.1322180 4.31
Rafael Betancourt (BS,4) 0.1100100 2.85
Joe Beimel0000100 3.58
Matt Daley (W,1-1) 1.1111031 3.80
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 101-67, Rafael Betancourt 11-6, Joe Beimel 4-0, Matt Daley 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 11-3, Matt Daley 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 26, Rafael Betancourt 3, Joe Beimel 1, Matt Daley 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23721
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Rick Reed