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Rockies' hot start includes surprising road success

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Rockies' hot start includes surprising road success · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

The Rockies are happily going places where they have never been.

With a come-from-behind, 5-4 win Wednesday over the Mets in New York, the Rockies improved their record to 8-2, a franchise record for 10 games. Colorado started 7-3 in both 1995 and 1997.

The Rockies have won four straight games and are 5-1 on their current road trip that began in Pittsburgh and is scheduled to end with a doubleheader Thursday in New York. Considering the Rockies went 31-50 on the road last year, their road start this year is impressive enough. But they have won three consecutive one-run games away from Denver.

While going 8-2, the Rockies have put together two four-game winning streaks. Their only two losses were by one run in extra-inning games -- 7-6 against the Diamondbacks in 11 innings on April 1, and 4-3 at Pittsburgh in 14 innings on April 8.

The current four-game winning streak has seen the Rockies win games they quite likely would have lost last year on the road. On Saturday, they took a 3-2 lead at Pittsburgh in the sixth inning, only to have the Pirates tie the game in the seventh. But Ty Wigginton drove in three runs with a double in the eighth, steering Colorado to a 6-4 win.

On Sunday, the Rockies scored four runs in the first, only to have the Pirates tie the game in the third and go ahead 5-4 in the fourth. But the Rockies scored twice in the seventh to win 6-5, the two runs scoring with two outs on Jason Giambi's single and Set Smith's bases-loaded walk.

On Monday at New York, the Rockies trailed 2-1 and 4-2 but tied the game on Carlos Gonzalez's two-run single in the sixth. The Rockies scored three runs in the eighth, the last two on Troy Tulowitzki's homer, and won 7-6.

Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning Wednesday that gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead. It was the fifth homer of the season for Tulowitzki, who has 12 RBI with a .306 average and an .806 slugging percentage. He hit .304 last April but finished the month with one homer, 13 RBI and a .435 slugging percentage.

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