Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Troy Tulowitzki clubbed two home runs and drove in three runs to lead the surging Colorado Rockies to a 13-4 romp over Arizona in the opener of a three-game series.
Tulowitzki finished 3-for-3 with a walk and four runs scored and Todd Helton went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and the 525th double of his career to tie Ted Williams for 35th place all-time in the Rockies season-high eighth straight win.
Jorge De La Rosa (7-4) spun six innings of two-run, five-hit ball while striking out 10 and chipping in an RBI double that finished off a six-run third inning for Colorado, which has won 11 of its last 13 at Coors Field.
The Rockies moved to within three games of front-running San Diego in the NL West and remain 3 1/2 behind wild card leaders Atlanta in the tightening senior circuit playoff races.
Joe Saunders (2-5) suffered the loss after being charged with seven runs — four earned — on five hits and four walks in only 2 1/3 innings for the D’Backs, who have lost five out of six.