Helton ascends to 21st on all-time doubles list

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--1B Todd Helton's double in the sixth was the 561st of his career, moving him into 21st place all-time. He had been tied for that spot with Hall of Famer Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent. Ivan Rodriguez is 20th with 572 doubles. The double was also Helton's 948th extra-base hit, tying him for 48th place with Hall of Famer Billy Williams. In 47th place is Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (952).

--C Wilin Rosario made his major league debut at third base. He pinch-hit for RHP Josh Roenicke and popped up to make the final out in the 10th inning, then stayed in the game at third base, replacing Chris Nelson, whose spot in the lineup was taken by RHP Edgmer Escalona. On his one chance, Rosario made a very nice play, backhanding a ball hit by Matt Diaz and from foul territory, then making a long, accurate one-hop throw for the out. Manager Jim Tracy said, "On your first chance at third base, I don't know if you could've done any better than that."

--SS Troy Tulowitzki's single in the 11th inning extended his hitting streak to a season-high seven games. That matches the longest on the team this season. 2B Marco Scutaro hit safely in seven consecutive games April 21-28.

--RHP Carlos Torres was added to the roster, taking the spot of RHP Jhoulys Chacin, who was optioned to Class AAA Colorado Springs. Torres, 29, was signed in the offseason as a minor league free agent. He went 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts for Colorado Springs. He pitched for the White Sox in 2009 and 2010, a total of 13 games, six starts, and pitched in Japan last year. Manager Jim Tracy said because Torres can work multiple innings, he was added to a bullpen that has been taxed recently.

--RHP Jeremy Guthrie (right shoulder strain) threw a light bullpen session. He was a little tentative as expected, but it went fine. Guthrie will face hitters in a simulated game Saturday. If he comes through that all right, Guthrie will make his scheduled start Tuesday at San Diego when he is eligible to be activated. If Guthrie can't start, RHP Carlos Torres could replace him, pending how much he is used this weekend. Torres did not pitch Friday.

--LHP Josh Outman (strained right oblique) is scheduled to make back-to-back appearances Saturday and Sunday for Class AA Tulsa. If those outings go well, Outman would likely continue his rehab with Class AAA Colorado Springs. Outman worked two innings for Tulsa on Thursday, allowing two hits and one run, walking one and striking out three.

--Jason Giambi, 41, on Wednesday became the second-oldest player in major league history to hit a pinch-hit, walk-off home run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The oldest was Hall of Famer Tony Perez, who was 42 in 1984 when he hit a two-run game-winner against Don Robinson of the Pirates at Riverfront Stadium. Giambi's pinch-hit walk-off homer was a three-run shot against the Dodgers' Scott Elbert.

--LF Carlos Gonzalez had scored a run and hit safely in six consecutive games, streaks that ended as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and a walk.

BY THE NUMBERS
9 -- Times the Rockies have lost a lead in seven games on the current homestand, including Friday's game, when they scored five runs in the first but blew a 5-0 lead in a 9-8, 11-inning loss to the Braves.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"That was not a good starting performance. Can't sugarcoat it. That's exactly what it was." -- Manager Jim Tracy, on RHP Guillermo Moscoso, who was staked to a five-run lead in the first inning but lasted only 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs.

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