The Colorado Rockies got a rare glimpse of the vintage Todd Helton on Tuesday night when he hit two home runs in a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. He began and ended the Rockies' scoring in the game with his second homer in the first inning and his third one in the fifth inning.
The Rockies scored in four of the first five innings, as Troy Tulowitzki hit an RBI double to plate Dexter Fowler in the third inning and Ty Wigginton hit his second homer of the season in the fourth inning.
Jorge De La Rosa improved to 4-0 after another strong performance. This time he went seven innings, allowed two runs on six hits and a Troy Tulowitzki and struck out nine. The Cubs struck for two runs in the first inning, which saw De La Rosa labor to get through. He allowed back-to-back singles to Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney before recording a fly out and a strikeout. Former Rockie Jeff Baker drove Castro in on a single, but on the next play Tulowitzki let the ball get beyond him, allowing Barney to score.
Huston Street opened the bottom of the ninth with a home run to Alfonso Soriano but then got three straight outs to record his ninth save of the season.
The Rockies (16-7) improved to 10-3 on the road and will go for the sweep on Wednesday afternoon. Jhoulys Chacin will look to replicate his previous complete shutout against the Cubs, who will have Casey Coleman on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. MT.