Kansas City at Colorado

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Rockies 9, Royals 6

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DENVER -- Mark Ellis is off to quite the start with the Colorado Rockies.

Ellis had three doubles in his second game with Colorado, which also got a home run from Troy Tulowitzki in a 9-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

"I personally feel he's going to be a lift, and he doesn't have to do it with two and three hits every game," manager Jim Tracy said. "His presence and the professionalism he brings to our clubhouse each and every day -- that's a lift."

Ellis, Todd Helton and Tulowitzki each drove in two runs for Colorado, which finished with a season-high nine extra-base hits. Helton hit his 543rd double in the eighth, tying him with Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for 24th on the career list.

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The Rockies acquired Ellis, along with cash, from Oakland on Thursday for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later. The veteran infielder had three hits and three RBI in his Colorado debut Friday night, a 9-0 win over the Royals.

"I asked him last night what the encore was going to be," said Chris Iannetta, who also had three hits for Colorado.

Helton, who is batting third behind Ellis, said of his new teammate: "He takes a good at-bat. He looks good in the two-hole. He's driving the ball, but he's a tough out, too."

Alex Gordon had four hits and two RBI for Kansas City, which has dropped five straight. Wilson Betemit had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fourth.

Royals starter Kyle Davies lasted just three innings in his first start since May 16. The right-hander had been sidelined by right rotator cuff inflammation.

"I didn't get the ball down very well tonight," Davies said. "A lot of line drives, they put the ball in play. I never got the ball down to knee high and they made be pay for it. [My] velocity was fine, and the arm felt fine, I just needed to get the ball lower in the strike zone."

Greg Reynolds (3-0) made it through five innings for the Rockies, yielding five runs and eight hits. Reynolds was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to sub for Jhoulys Chacin, whose start was pushed back to Tuesday because of right forearm stiffness.

Colorado sent Reynolds back to its top farm club after the game.

"Hopefully, I'll be back up here longer next time, but I'm just going to keep working and take care of my business," Reynolds said.

Davies (1-7) hurt himself with a throwing error during Colorado's six-run second inning. Seth Smith had two hits and Ellis drove in a pair of runs with a double as the Rockies sent 11 men to the plate while building a 7-0 lead.

Gordon hit an RBI single off Rafael Betancourt in the ninth before Huston Street came on and got Jeff Francoeur to pop up for the final out, earning his 24th save.

Colorado scored 18 runs and rapped out 28 hits in the first two games of the series against Kansas City, improving to 8-6 in interleague play.

Francoeur had an RBI triple for the Royals, who dropped to 4-13 against the National League. Davies is 0-6 with an 8.25 ERA in his last six starts.

Notes

Helton has 920 extra-base hits, tying him with Hall of Famer Willie McCovey for 55th on the career list. ... Rockies pitcher Esmil Rogers is scheduled to throw one more bullpen session and a simulated game before making a rehab appearance with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. ... The Royals signed Elier Hernandez, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic. The deal includes a $3.05 million signing bonus, a franchise record for an international player other than a Cuban defector. ... Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar, a Denver native, will make his Coors Field debut Sunday. ... To make room for Reynolds, the Rockies optioned pitcher Edgmer Escalona to Colorado Springs, one day after recalling him. ... The Royals optioned OF Jarrod Dyson to Triple-A Omaha.

 
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Colorado

M. Ellis
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Getz, 2B5000011 .260
Melky Cabrera, CF5120010 .276
Alex Gordon, LF5242011 .301
Jeff Francoeur, RF5011003 .257
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000011 .262
Brayan Pena, C4120000 .252
Mike Moustakas, 3B4010012 .270
Alcides Escobar, SS3120111 .251
Kyle Davies, P1000012 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1113000 .287
    Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
   b- Billy Butler, PH1000001 .296
    Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   c- Mitch Maier, PH1000010 .295
Totals39613618  
a-homered for Davies in the 4th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Collins in the 6th
c-struck out for Crow in the 9th
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (19, Betancourt), Brayan Pena (8, Reynolds)
3B - Jeff Francoeur (3, Reynolds)
HR - Alex Gordon (10, Reynolds), Wilson Betemit (3, Reynolds)
RBI - Alex Gordon 2 (46), Jeff Francoeur (48), Wilson Betemit 3 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (19), Jeff Francoeur (19)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Getz-Escobar-Hosmer, Escobar-Getz-Hosmer
E - Kyle Davies (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Davies (L,1-7) 3874220 7.77
Tim Collins 2311210 3.79
Greg Holland 2311011 1.37
Aaron Crow 1100000 1.36
IBB - C. Gonzalez by Kyle Davies, Wigginton by Tim Collins
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 70-43, Tim Collins 36-21, Greg Holland 31-21, Aaron Crow 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-3, Tim Collins 1-4, Greg Holland 1-3, Aaron Crow 3-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 19, Tim Collins 11, Greg Holland 8, Aaron Crow 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gonzalez, CF4220102 .294
Mark Ellis, 2B5232022 .233
Todd Helton, 1B3022112 .323
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5122003 .273
Seth Smith, RF4121001 .305
Ty Wigginton, 3B4111103 .265
Charlie Blackmon, LF3100002 .282
Chris Iannetta, C3131100 .228
Greg Reynolds, P2000011 .167
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000001 .230
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals34915944  
a-grounded into a double play for Lindstrom in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis 3 (15, Davies, Collins, Collins), Todd Helton (16, Crow), Seth Smith (22, Davies), Ty Wigginton (14, Davies), Chris Iannetta (9, Collins)
3B - Carlos Gonzalez (3, Holland)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (17, Holland)
SF - Todd Helton (5), Seth Smith (4)
SH - Charlie Blackmon (1), Greg Reynolds (4)
RBI - Mark Ellis 2 (21), Todd Helton 2 (38), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (57), Seth Smith (36), Ty Wigginton (36), Chris Iannetta (31)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (16)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (14, 2nd base off Davies/B. Pena), Chris Iannetta (3, 2nd base off Davies/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Greg Reynolds (W,3-0) 5855132 5.16
Rex Brothers (H,4) 1100020 3.48
Matt Lindstrom 1100010 2.94
Matt Reynolds 1100010 3.33
Rafael Betancourt 0.2211010 4.73
Huston Street (S,24) 0.1000000 3.46
IBB - Escobar by Greg Reynolds
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Reynolds 90-55, Rex Brothers 23-14, Matt Lindstrom 9-6, Matt Reynolds 12-9, Rafael Betancourt 16-9, Huston Street 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Reynolds 6-6, Rex Brothers 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Matt Reynolds 2-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-0
Batters Faced - Greg Reynolds 24, Rex Brothers 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Matt Reynolds 4, Rafael Betancourt 4, Huston Street 1
Game Information
Attendance - 49227
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Andy Fletcher