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Down 10-1, Rockies rally to complete sweep of Braves

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DENVER -- Maybe early in the season, Colorado manager Jim Tracy pulls his starters and puts in a pitcher for mop-up duty. Not now, not with the Rockies trying to stay in the playoff race.

Down 10-1 in the third inning, the Rockies did everything they could to come back. And they did, matching the biggest rally in team history and stunning the Atlanta Braves 12-10 on Wednesday on Troy Tulowitzki's go-ahead RBI single in the eighth.

"What an effort," Tracy said. "The thing I've fallen in love with these players is they don't quit. We were short-handed pitching and then offensively, here we go, and we started chipping away. This is the icing on the cake."

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The Rockies gradually cut into the deficit against the NL East leaders before taking the lead with four runs in the eighth. Carlos Gonzalez hit a tying, two-run single with two outs, and Tulowitzki and Todd Helton followed with RBI singles.

The Rockies finished off a three-game sweep and won their fourth straight overall. The streak came after a skid that saw Colorado lose seven of 10 and drop behind in the wild-card race.

Atlanta despite getting 10 extra-base hits, three more than Colorado.

"This was a heck of a game," Helton said. "It would have been easy to fold it up, but we didn't. We went out there and had an unbelievable win."

Colorado also rallied from nine runs down to beat Florida 18-17 on July 4, 2008.

The major-league record for the biggest comeback is 12 runs -- it has happened three times, most recently by Cleveland against Seattle in 2001. The NL record of 11 runs has been done three times, with Houston doing it to St. Louis in 1994.

With one out in the eighth and the Rockies trailing 10-8, reliever Jonny Venters (4-2) walked Chris Iannetta and Melvin Mora singled. One out later, Dexter Fowler walked and Gonzalez singled. Kyle Farnsworth relieved, and Tulowitzki and Helton delivered their hits.

"I got a couple pitches up, but I think the walks are what really did me in overall," Venters said. "This one hurts, but we've got a game day after tomorrow and we'll get right back out there and try to win."

Matt Belisle (6-4) picked up the victory, pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief.

Brian McCann matched his career best with four hits, including an RBI single in the Braves' four-run second. Martin Prado doubled and drove in three runs and Jason Heyward tripled, doubled and scored twice.

The Braves were shut out over the final six innings.

"You can score a lot of runs, but you've got to keep playing hard, especially in this stadium, because you never know what can happen," Atlanta shortstop Alex Gonzalez said.

Atlanta chased Colorado starter Esmil Rogers with two outs in the second inning, tagging him for seven runs and eight hits.

Manuel Corpas relieved Rogers but was lifted in the fourth inning after he felt pain in his pitching elbow. Corpas gave up a leadoff double to McCann and then stepped off the rubber and motioned toward the Rockies dugout, seeking the team trainer's assistance.

After a brief examination and consultation on the mound, Corpas walked off the field holding his right elbow. He went 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on four hits, including Omar Infante's third-inning home run.

Tracy said Corpas was scheduled for an MRI scan on Thursday.

Colorado pulled within 10-8 with successive three-run innings in the fifth and sixth. Fowler hit a two-run triple in the fifth and scored when shortstop Alex Gonzalez threw wildly on the relay.

Seth Smith, who had a solo home run in the second, hit an RBI double in the sixth that chased Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens. Peter Moylan relieved and walked Iannetta before giving up a pinch-hit, two-run double to Ryan Spilborghs.

"Any comeback, especially when you are down by nine, is going to be remarkable," Spilborghs said.

Heyward tripled with one out in the first to start a three-run burst that also included Prado's RBI single and Melky Cabrera's run-scoring double.

The Braves added four more runs in the second, getting a pair on Prado's two-run double. Omar Infante keyed the Braves' three-run third with a two-run homer off Corpas that extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.

Ian Stewart's sacrifice fly in the fourth for Colorado made it 10-2.

Notes

  • RHP Rafael Betancourt of the Rockies was not available for a second straight game with a lower abdominal strain. He will play catch and throw off a mound Friday and be re-evaluated.
  • Infante's 14-game hitting streak is a season-long for a Braves player. He has at least one hit in 26 of his past 27 games
  • The Braves return to Atlanta to open a seven-game stand at home, where they are a major-league best 44-17.
  • McCann has had five four-hit games in his career.
 
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Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez are jumping for joy after the Rockies complete the nine-run comeback for the sweep.  (AP)
Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez are jumping for joy after the Rockies complete the nine-run comeback for the sweep. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B5112021 .347
Jason Heyward, RF3220200 .269
Martin Prado, 3B5223012 .318
Brian McCann, C5241001 .273
Derrek Lee, 1B5012002 .244
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
Melky Cabrera, LF4011002 .260
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Eric Hinske, 1B1000000 .248
Alex Gonzalez, SS4110111 .264
Rick Ankiel, CF4110001 .241
Jair Jurrjens, P3111024 .094
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Matt Diaz, LF1000000 .237
Totals4010141036  
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (24, M. Reynolds), Martin Prado (33, Rogers), Brian McCann (20, Corpas), Derrek Lee (23, Rogers), Melky Cabrera (24, Rogers), Alex Gonzalez (35, Corpas), Rick Ankiel (10, Rogers), Jair Jurrjens (1, Corpas)
3B - Jason Heyward (4, Rogers)
HR - Omar Infante (7, Corpas)
RBI - Omar Infante 2 (37), Martin Prado 3 (50), Brian McCann (65), Derrek Lee 2 (61), Melky Cabrera (37), Jair Jurrjens (2)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 2 (20), Brian McCann (22), Derrek Lee (23), Melky Cabrera (16)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Prado-Infante-Lee
E - Rick Ankiel (4, Misplayed grounder), Alex Gonzalez (18, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens 5.1977241 4.36
Peter Moylan0111100 3.40
Eric O'Flaherty (H,8) 0.2000110 2.06
Jonny Venters (BS,4; L,4-2) 1.2244220 1.76
Kyle Farnsworth 0.1200010 3.31
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 90-61, Peter Moylan 12-6, Eric O'Flaherty 18-12, Jonny Venters 35-19, Kyle Farnsworth 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 6-4, Jonny Venters 2-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Peter Moylan 2, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Jonny Venters 9, Kyle Farnsworth 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., 2B5220002 .282
    Clint Barmes, 2B0000000 .240
Dexter Fowler, CF3212211 .249
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4122112 .320
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5121001 .320
Todd Helton, 1B5131010 .260
Ian Stewart, 3B3001011 .264
    Matt Belisle, P1000012 .250
Seth Smith, RF4222021 .261
Chris Iannetta, C2200210 .201
Esmil Rogers, P0000000 .250
    Manny Corpas, P1000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0100100 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1012000 .270
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Melvin Mora, 3B1010000 .267
Totals3512141168  
a-doubled for M. Reynolds in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (24, Jurrjens), Troy Tulowitzki (26, Jurrjens), Seth Smith (15, Jurrjens), Ryan Spilborghs (16, Moylan)
3B - Dexter Fowler (9, Jurrjens), Todd Helton (1, Jurrjens)
HR - Seth Smith (16, Jurrjens)
SF - Ian Stewart (5)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (25), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (84), Troy Tulowitzki (54), Todd Helton (24), Ian Stewart (60), Seth Smith 2 (48), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (23), Troy Tulowitzki (18), Todd Helton (3), Seth Smith (14)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (10, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann)
CS - Carlos Gonzalez (6, 3rd base by Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Young-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Esmil Rogers 1.2877130 5.66
Manny Corpas 1.1433101 4.62
Matt Reynolds 3100130 0.00
Joe Beimel 1.2100000 2.50
Matt Belisle (W,6-4) 1.1000000 2.11
HBP - Ankiel (by Matt Reynolds)
Pitches-Strikes - Esmil Rogers 52-28, Manny Corpas 27-17, Matt Reynolds 56-34, Joe Beimel 19-13, Matt Belisle 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmil Rogers 1-1, Manny Corpas 3-0, Matt Reynolds 3-3, Joe Beimel 3-2, Matt Belisle 1-3
Batters Faced - Esmil Rogers 14, Manny Corpas 8, Matt Reynolds 12, Joe Beimel 6, Matt Belisle 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27675
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Lance Barksdale