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Tulowitzki, Giambi power Rockies past Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- Blowing leads has been an uncomfortable trait of the Colorado Rockies lately.

They did it again Saturday night, only this time, they came back in a hurry and went on to pound the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 and open a little breathing space in their wild-card race.

The victory, combined with San Francisco's 12-1 loss at Los Angeles, extended Colorado's wild-card lead over the Giants to 3½ games. Florida remained four behind and Atlanta 4½ back.

 Playoff Race

Troy Tulowitzki homered for a career-best fourth game in a row and Jason Giambi hit his first home run since coming to Colorado as the Rockies won for only the second time in the last seven games.

"It's awesome. It's what you dream about," Giambi said of being in a playoff race after joining the Rockies on Sept. 1. "I keep telling people when I decided to come over here that this is the fun part of the game, to have something to play for in September."

The Rockies matched a franchise record with their 39th road victory, but they know they probably win or lose a playoff spot in their comfortable surroundings in Denver.

"We're 3-5 on this road trip," manager Jim Tracy said, "and we have nine of our final 13 games at Coors."

That nine-game home stand starts Tuesday, after Colorado wraps up this trip with a game against Arizona ace Dan Haren on Sunday.

Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez hit solo home runs in the first inning, and the Rockies entered the ninth clinging to a 5-4 lead. That's when Colorado blew it open with five runs, three of them thanks to Giambi's pinch-hit home run.

Justin Upton hit a three-run homer for Arizona but otherwise Jason Hammel shut down the Diamondbacks for his first victory in seven starts. Upton also had an RBI sacrifice fly.

Ryan Spilborgh drove in two runs for Colorado with a pinch-hit single in the seventh and a double in the ninth.

Hammel (9-8), whose last victory came Aug. 20 at Washington, allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking two. He has suffered from a lack of run support in the recent past.

"He's been much better than a 9-8 pitcher for us," Tracy said.

The Rockies scored the go-ahead run on left fielder Gerardo Parra's throwing error in the fourth. Spilborghs' pinch-hit single made it 5-3 in the seventh.

Arizona cut it to 5-4 in the eighth when Stephen Drew hit his 11th triple, tying him for the major league-lead, then scored on Upton's sacrifice fly. Colorado put it away with five runs in the ninth. Giambi's fourth career pinch-hit homer came on the first pitch from reliever Scott Schoeneweis.

With the Diamondbacks up 3-2, Tulowitzki singled off Max Scherzer (9-10) to start the fourth, then Brad Hawpe was hit by a pitch and Yorvit Torrealba walked to load the bases with no outs.

Parra made a nice running catch of Ian Stewart's fly ball, but an ill-advised attempt to throw the runner out at home sailed over the head of catcher Miguel Montero, allowing a second run to score on the play to put Colorado up for good 4-3.

Arizona briefly took the lead in the third.

Scherzer and Chris Young singled to start the inning. After Drew struck out, Upton hit the first pitch from Hammel some 424 feet to left-center for his 25th home run.

"My mindset after that was that's all they get," Hammel said. "I made a bad pitch and paid for it. As a starting pitcher, you've got give that one up. I gave up the lead but these guys will come through with runs. We've got a good-hitting ball club."

In the first, Gonzalez lined Scherzer's 2-0 pitch over the left field wall for his second leadoff home run of the season, then -- after two outs -- Tulowitzki hit the first pitch he saw into the seats in left to make it 2-0.

Scherzer allowed three hits but walked five and hit a batter in 5 1/3 innings.

"I wasn't able to get ahead of hitters," he said, "and that's what cost me there with walking five guys. Walks will always kill you."

Notes

  • Arizona 3B Mark Reynolds struck out twice to give him 202 for the season, two shy of the major league record he set last year.
  • Colorado 1B Todd Helton was back in the lineup despite taking a nasty shot in the left shin from a foul ball by Gonzalez Friday night. Helton broke an 0-for-15 slump with a single in the ninth.
  • Arizona RHP Dan Haren goes for his 15th victory on Sunday.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki continues to be on a tear, hitting a homer for a career-best fourth straight game.  (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki continues to be on a tear, hitting a homer for a career-best fourth straight game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Colorado

R. Spilborghs
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF-LF5221010 .282
Seth Smith, LF3000000 .303
   a- Dexter Fowler, PH-CF0100100 .269
Todd Helton, 1B3110110 .316
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5221025 .287
Brad Hawpe, RF1100110 .286
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF2122000 .249
Yorvit Torrealba, C2111311 .285
Ian Stewart, 3B3001135 .230
Clint Barmes, 2B4000003 .238
   c- Jason Giambi, PH1113000 .200
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .400
Jason Hammel, P3000033 .118
   d- Eric Young Jr., PH1000000 .277
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   e- Omar Quintanilla, PH-2B1000000 .167
Totals341099712  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Smith in the 7th
b-doubled for Hawpe in the 7th
c-homered for Barmes in the 9th
d-fouled out for Hammel in the 8th
e-popped out for Betancourt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (12, Zavada), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (23, Zavada, Vasquez)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (12, Scherzer), Troy Tulowitzki (29, Scherzer), Jason Giambi (12, Schoeneweis)
SF - Ian Stewart (5)
SH - Dexter Fowler (12)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (26), Troy Tulowitzki (81), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (48), Yorvit Torrealba (25), Ian Stewart (68), Jason Giambi 3 (49)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (21), Ryan Spilborghs (14), Jason Giambi 3 (21)
Fielding
E - Ian Stewart (10, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel (W,9-8) 7433251 4.35
Rafael Betancourt (H,18) 1111010 2.82
Franklin Morales 1100020 2.92
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 110-69, Rafael Betancourt 18-11, Franklin Morales 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 11-6, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 28, Rafael Betancourt 4, Franklin Morales 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4110000 .207
Stephen Drew, SS3110112 .259
Justin Upton, RF3114011 .308
Miguel Montero, C4000000 .297
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000020 .268
Gerardo Parra, LF3010001 .295
   a- Rusty Ryal, PH1000000 .256
Ryan Roberts, 2B3010111 .277
Brandon Allen, 1B3000012 .217
   b- John Hester, PH1000011 .313
Max Scherzer, P2110000 .212
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
   c- Alex Romero, PH1000000 .257
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   d- Eric Byrnes, PH1000011 .214
Totals3346428  
a-flied out for Parra in the 9th
b-struck out for Allen in the 9th
c-grounded out for Zavada in the 7th
d-struck out for Schoeneweis in the 9th
Batting
3B - Stephen Drew (11, Betancourt)
HR - Justin Upton (25, Hammel)
SF - Justin Upton (4)
RBI - Justin Upton 4 (80)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Gerardo Parra (6, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer (L,9-10) 5.1343562 4.08
Clay Zavada 1.2211130 3.02
Leo Rosales 1000010 4.73
Esmerling Vasquez 0.2344120 4.47
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1111001 7.43
IBB - Torrealba by Clay Zavada
HBP - Hawpe (by Max Scherzer), Helton (by Clay Zavada)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 109-65, Clay Zavada 36-19, Leo Rosales 14-9, Esmerling Vasquez 27-19, Scott Schoeneweis 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 2-8, Clay Zavada 1-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 25, Clay Zavada 9, Leo Rosales 3, Esmerling Vasquez 6, Scott Schoeneweis 2
Game Information
Attendance - 29466
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Lance Barksdale