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DENVER -- Jeff Francis finally got a win at Coors Field.
"It's been a long time," Francis said, "but wins are wins, regardless of where they are. I think it was a good day for everybody. The bats broke out nicely."
Ryan Spilborghs homered twice and Carlos Gonzalez also connected for the Rockies, who picked up their second series sweep of the season. Gonzalez drove in three runs and Clint Barmes and Chris Iannetta had two RBIs apiece.
The Rockies had scored four or fewer runs in 10 of their previous 13 games before busting out for their highest total since they scored 11 runs May 29 against the Dodgers.
Francis (2-2) allowed two earned runs and five hits for his first win at Coors Field since June 18, 2008. The left-hander missed last season after undergoing shoulder surgery and didn't make his 2010 debut until May 6.
Jesse Litsch (0-1) lasted 2 1/3 innings in his first start for Toronto since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. The right-hander gave up seven runs and nine hits.
"He threw a couple of strikes and couldn't put anybody away," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "What I saw today wasn't what I saw in 2008 before he left. I don't know what to think right now. I hope he is back."
Spilborghs also tripled, tying a career high with 11 total bases. Todd Helton, trying to shake a season-long slump, matched his season high with three hits and scored twice. He is 7 for 16 in four games since moving into the second spot in Colorado's lineup.
The Rockies finished a 4-3 homestand against Houston and Toronto and have not had a losing homestand since Jim Tracy took over as manager on May 29, 2009.
"We squared balls up," Tracy said. "We took some good two-strike at-bats."
Colorado scored three runs in the third to take a 7-3 lead. Spilborghs led off with his fifth homer, Barmes hit his second run-scoring double of the game and Francis added a sacrifice fly.
The Rockies' outburst came after they helped Toronto score three runs in the top half.
Jose Bautista led off with a single, breaking a string of 23 hitless at-bats, and second baseman Jonathan Herrera made a wide throw trying to complete a double play on Aaron Hill's bouncer. Left fielder Spilborghs let Adam Lind's single get past him, putting runners on second and third.
Francis retired the final 12 batters he faced after a leadoff walk in the fourth.
"The first four innings I was battling a lot of command issues," he said. "My last three innings were pretty smooth and (I) really was putting the ball where I wanted to."
The Rockies batted around in the first and jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Gonzalez had an RBI single, Iannetta singled in a pair with two out, and Barmes followed with a run-scoring double.
Gonzalez and Spilborghs went deep in the sixth. Gonzalez hit a two-run drive for his 10th homer. With two out, Spilborghs hit his sixth for the fifth multihomer game of his career.Notes
|After missing all of last season, Jeff Francis records his first win in Coors Field since June 2008. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.232|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.186|
|Jason Frasor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeremy Reed, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.143|
|Adam Lind, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.210|
|Vernon Wells, CF||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.292|
|Dewayne Wise, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.269|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.229|
|John Buck, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.200|
|Jesse Litsch, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Brian Tallet, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Janssen, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Mike McCoy, 2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-struck out for Frasor in the 9th|
|2B - Aaron Hill (6, Francis), Alex Gonzalez 2 (18, Francis, Morales), John Buck (13, Francis)|
|RBI - Vernon Wells (41), Alex Gonzalez (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez (17)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jesse Litsch (L,0-1)||2.1||9||7||7||1||2||1||27.00|
|IBB - Barmes by Brian Tallet|
|WP - Casey Janssen (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 80-50, Brian Tallet 43-27, Casey Janssen 41-26, Jason Frasor 27-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Tallet 1-3, Casey Janssen 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 17, Brian Tallet 10, Casey Janssen 10, Jason Frasor 5|
|Jonathan Herrera, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.105|
|Todd Helton, 1B||5||2||3||0||0||1||0||.255|
|Carlos Gonzalez, CF||5||2||2||3||0||2||1||.302|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.275|
|Ryan Spilborghs, LF||5||2||3||2||0||0||4||.291|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||4||2||1||0||1||1||3||.264|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||1||2||2||0||2||1||.192|
|Clint Barmes, SS||3||0||2||2||1||1||0||.227|
|Jeff Francis, P||2||0||0||1||0||0||4||.000|
|a- Seth Smith, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.262|
|Franklin Morales, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-struck out for Francis in the 7th|
|2B - Clint Barmes 2 (14, Litsch, Litsch)|
|3B - Ryan Spilborghs (1, Tallet)|
|HR - Carlos Gonzalez (10, Janssen), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (6, Litsch, Janssen)|
|SF - Jeff Francis (1)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 3 (41), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (12), Chris Iannetta 2 (5), Clint Barmes 2 (31), Jeff Francis (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (4), Chris Iannetta 2 (3), Clint Barmes (13)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Jonathan Herrera (1, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Spilborghs (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jeff Francis (W,2-2)||7||5||3||2||2||4||0||3.29|
|WP - Matt Belisle (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 100-57, Franklin Morales 17-11, Matt Belisle 26-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 11-7, Franklin Morales 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 29, Franklin Morales 4, Matt Belisle 5|
|Attendance - 32084|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 52|
|Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim McClelland|