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Belisle two appearances short of team record

The Sports Xchange
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--RHP Matt Belisle made his career-high 77th appearance Sunday and is just two appearances shy of the club record. Todd Jones in 2002 and Jose Mesa in 2006 made 79 appearances. Just ahead of Belisle with 78 appearances are Chuck McElroy (1998), Mike Myers (2000), Brian Fuentes (2005) and Manny Corpas (2007). Belisle made 76 appearances in 2010 and 74 last year.

Belisle, who has pitched 78 2/3 innings this season, blew his seventh save Sunday when he gave up a game-tying single to pinch hitter Mike Jacobs with one out in the eighth and a three-run homer with two out to Aaron Hill that capped Arizona's four-run inning and gave the Diamondbacks a 7-4 lead. It was the fifth homer Belisle has allowed this year and his first since Aug. 24 at Chicago. Belisle had not given up a homer at Coors Field since Aug. 2.

--The Rockies are 10-40 in weekend games this season -- 5-19 on Saturday and 5-21 on Sunday. Going back to the beginning of 2011, the Rockies are 15-40 on Sunday; they went 6-19 on Sunday last year and set a major-league record with 17 consecutive Sunday losses. Their lack of success in Sunday games is a major reason the Rockies are 14-36 in day games.

--C Wilin Rosario hit his 26th homer Saturday, a record for a Rockies rookie. He had been tied with Todd Helton, who hit 25 homers in 1998. Rosario had his fourth straight three-hit game Sunday and has hit safely in nine of his past 12 games, with eight multi-hit games. During that stretch, Rosario has gone 21-for-48 (.438) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and nine runs scored and has raised his average 25 points to a season-high .274 (100-for-365).

--LHP Jeff Francis, who pitched four innings and allowed two runs, did not strike out a batter for the first time since Sept. 14, 2011, against the Indians while pitching for the Royals.

--RHP Rob Scahill has worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his four major-league appearances with four hits allowed, no walks and two strikeouts. Scahill pitched 1 2/3 innings Sunday, his second appearance at Coors Field where he made his major-league debut Sept. 11.

--The Rockies have dropped the first three games of the four-game series with the Diamondbacks that ends Monday. Colorado is 12-33-4 overall in series and 8-14-3 at home, where its record is 31-46. The Rockies are 5-9 against Arizona this season and 3-5 at Coors Field.

--RHP Carlos Torres is 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA in his past five games. He has allowed 14 hits and 12 runs in seven innings in that period, with five walks and seven strikeouts.

BY THE NUMBERS
3 -- Walks allowed by LHP Jeff Francis in 26 1/3 innings in his past six starts dating back to Aug. 27, which was the last time he won. In those six games, Francis is 0-2 with a 4.78 ERA. He has allowed one home run in that span after yielding nine homers in his eight previous starts totaling 38 innings.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We don't have the type of lineup out there where we can start hammering the ball over the fence. That's not how we're constructed with our youth. But there has to come a time when seven runs and 14 hits are enough." -- Manager Jim Tracy after the Rockies parlayed 14 hits into an 8-7 loss Saturday night to the Diamondbacks and before they struck for 16 hits and seven runs Sunday and lost 10-7.

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